Plants and wildlife

The illustrations here and on the information board by the pond show some of the plants and wildlife you may see at the pond, depending on the time of day and time of year. There are many more.

Some are rare species like the great crested newt, which is protected, and the midwife toad, so called because the male toad carries the eggs on his back after spawning until ready to hatch. Listen for the toad’s distinctive bell-like call between April and October.

During the day, you may see squirrels, foxes and rabbits. As evening falls the bats come out and hedgehogs begin their night-time walks.

Pond skaters and water boatmen may be skimming over the pond. Look out too for colourful damselflies and dragonflies.

Martins and swallows swoop to catch food for their young. You may hear woodpeckers hammering in the trees and catch sight of blackbirds, chaffinches, magpies and wagtails. And maybe spot a heron waiting patiently for dinner.

Ducks and moorhens visit the pond and sometimes stay to hatch and raise their young. Swans have been seen gliding over the pond but only on rare occasions. But you just might be lucky!

Bees and butterflies such as the meadow brown, tortoiseshell and peacock visit the flowers around the pond. In the spring you may see violets, primroses, daffodils and bluebells, and in the summer comfrey, herb robert and white campion.

On the shrubs in autumn spindleberries glow and hazelnuts ripen, useful ingredients in the storehouse of food for birds and squirrels in winter.

There are more photographs in the gallery of some of the things you may see by the pond.