Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A New Lease of Pond Life ; DIARY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A New Lease of Pond Life ; DIARY

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MAGIC POND: I've been doing a wildlife section for our programme, Gardeners' World, meeting people who know lots about particular habitats or creatures.

MAGIC POND: I've been doing a wildlife section for our programme, Gardeners' World, meeting people who know lots about particular habitats or creatures.

For our first trip a few weeks ago, we visited Steve Head to take a close look at his pond from above, on the surface and under the water.

For our first trip a few weeks ago, we visited Steve Head to take a close look at his pond from above, on the surface and under the water.

It has inspired me to make our pond here at Glebe Cottage more welcoming for wildlife.

It has inspired me to make our pond here at Glebe Cottage more welcoming for wildlife.

At about 3m x 1m, it is only tiny - as you come up the garden you hardly notice it, hidden away as it is by ferns tucked behind my gypsy caravan.

At about 3m x 1m, it is only tiny - as you come up the garden you hardly notice it, hidden away as it is by ferns tucked behind my gypsy caravan.

That is all to the good so the activity it generates can carry on undisturbed.

That is all to the good so the activity it generates can carry on undisturbed.

SPAWN AGAIN: We must be doing something right because this year we had masses of frog spawn and we've frequently heard the rattling noise of dragonflies' wings as they maraud around the flowerbeds.

SPAWN AGAIN: We must be doing something right because this year we had masses of frog spawn and we've frequently heard the rattling noise of dragonflies' wings as they maraud around the flowerbeds.

Visitor... Pond lures dragonflies Visitor... Pond lures dragonflies But there is too much duckweed on the water's surface and it really needs to be reduced. Ideally, we should make the effort to get rid of it completely but once you have it, that seems to be impossible. …

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