Jon Cranfield

extreme pond gazing

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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the main amphibian survey method

Well almost. The snow has completely cleared from the pond leaving melt water on top of a layer of ice over 2in thick. The melt water has a thin veneer of ice through which I hoped to spot life.

The good news is that mayfly larvae are still evident in the pond along with two of the four water beetles which have survived the cold weather.

There is a large block of ice half way down around the deeper pool of the pond but it looks like the ice has not penetrated down to the bottom.

I have been thinking about the pond and was wondering whether to include further ponds or pondlets which would be much smaller but will form part of a multi basin pond. Perhaps one or two very shallow pondlets with different substrates – pebbles and the other inert sand.

Should be interesting to see what colonises these very temporay water bodies.

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