By the Pond in an English Country Garden

Many years ago, the water from a natural spring was dammed to form a pond. It is now a haven for water-loving plants, trees, birds, fish and insects. Some of the plants are natural and some have been added over the years.

It is about 5 feet deep in the middle and home to some rather large carp.

During the summer months in the early evening, it is quite common to see bats swooping down, not only to catch insects but to drink from the pond.

We have even seen an otter exploring by the pond in the half-dark. It had probably come from the local canal about half a mile away. Sadly, no photos.


Our Garden Pond


Weeping Willow

Reeds and Rushes
Giant Horsetail
Great Reedmace
Lesser Reedmace
Soft Rush

Broad-leaved Willowherb
Great Willowherb
Hedge Woundwort
Marsh Marigold
Ragged Robin
Wood Dock
Water Lily
Water Mint
Yellow Skunk Cabbage

Mallard Duck

Common Frog
Common Newt
Common Toad

Dragonflies & Damselflies
Banded Demoiselle
Black-tailed Skimmer
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Common Darter
Large Red Damselfly
Migrant Hawker


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