The water in the pond has continued to disappear and it is more a large puddle now than a pond. We do rely on precipitation and run off, the pond being not stream or spring fed, and we’ve been here before. Managing the pond as a ‘natural’ pond, we rely on Mother Nature to restore the balance. She has in the past and we trust she will again.
So we should not despair. And despite a commonly held traditional vision of what is a good pond, research by the Freshwater Habitats Trust has shown that all ponds can be ecologically valuable for wildlife. Even ponds that dry out every year, or every few years are good – with most aquatic organisms having mechanisms to cope with regular (eg seasonal) or occasional drying. There is no part of a pond that is not used by plants or animals. Open water is generally a poor habitat for most species, as it is often barren and dangerous – it is the plants and other accumulated debris which provides the structure for organisms to shelter, lay in ambush, hide, lay eggs, and provides sources of food, and sources of material to build larval cases (caddis flies).