Jon Cranfield

Pond update July 2011

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

The garden pond has had a crash in its invertebrate population due to the second drying up event this year while I was away for a week.

The pond has a population of two species of snail, water beetles are once again back plus plenty of what are termed ‘microinvertebrates’.

Water fleas, water mites, ostracods are all buzzing round the pond.

There seems to be no mayfly larvae at the moment.

The habitats in the pond include a sandy and pebble substrate, very shallow water (less than 5mm) and the deepest part of the pond (up to 180mm).

The surrounding bushes will drop their leaves this autumn which also provide more structure to the pond and provide vital materials for the pond inhabitants.

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