Making the pond
A damp hollow in our meadow, how to drain it? We decided to try a wildlife pond. With a 50% grant from West Sussex County Council the project went ahead. A large digger was brought in and excavation started. The soil being mostly solid clay meant that we could avoid using a liner, instead, we just used the clay itself.
As the years have progressed the problem is how to control the re-growth rather than whether anything would grow! The pond now supports a variety of wildlife including the moorhen family, mallards, dragon flies and occasionally water voles. Swallows and Martins skim for water and insects every summer as well as a variety of other bird life.