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Spring wildlife gardening and pond updates :)

Hi, just wondered how we were all getting on? My little pond is full of all sorts of little wriggly larvae. The grass has grown very long around the liner and I think the frogs are using this to their advantage as I hear them but don't see them.



The dandelions have gone to seed now and today I noticed that the water crowfoot is starting to flower and my dwarf lily has grown a leaf to the surface.



It's beautiful just watching the season unfold. Tonight I noticed a white buff tailed bumble bee struggling. Poor thing couldn't fly in the rain and must have been feeling pretty chilly so I popped him on a piece of card and put a water and sugar solution in a tiny lid for him to drink from and then he huddled down under a plant pot that I filled with dry moss for him. I've now put him under the hedge for shelter in the pot- lovely little creature.
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  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,492
    Sounds beautiful. Ponds give year round interest and I like looking at all the miniscule creatures shooting around in "schools". Mine has so many tadpoles this year.
  • JodeJayJodeJay Posts: 73
    I didn't get any tadpoles this year but I'm hoping that changes next spring. Would love tadpoles image
  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    I have tadpoles and we've spotted one female smooth newt.  My Grandad came round yesterday and told me I was very privileged to have a newt in my pond! image

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,293

    All my Newts still active in the Pond and plenty of immatures hiding around the garden under stones etc.

    Just short of Toads unfortunatelyimage

    Tho to make up for that, large Slow Worm busily sloughing it's skin the last couple of daysimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 2,452

    A slow worm- that'd be super. image

    Hopefully one day I'll live in an environment where I can see critters like that...for now I'll be thankful for my 1x frog and 1x pond skaterimage

  • scrogginscroggin Posts: 2,247

    Very excited today that after 4 yrs we saw our first newt.image Its a small wildlife pond and is full of snails, pond skaters, dragonfly larvae but up to now, no tadpoles or newts.

  • Gillian53Gillian53 Posts: 112

    A friend was filling in her pond (she is making a new small one) and although it's advised not to transfer spawn I took it off her hands. It's not come from too far away though. I didn't put it in the pond,but made 3 small ponds in those underbed storage boxes. That was about five weeks ago. I've put them in the pond over the last week but what a job catching them. It's given them a real head start but I can't get over the variation in sizes. Everybody ought to have a pond.

  • Percy-GrowerPercy-Grower Posts: 251

    We have changed from wildlife to fish pond this year, OH's choice not mine, must admit it's looking good, but one thing that's of concern is that we put fish in ten days ago, and as of yet they have not fed on the floating pellets that we put in for them, we put the pellets in one day and scoop them out the next untouched, we only catch fleeting glimpses of the fish, i know it's all new to them and they will be a bit skittish, plus the water may still be a bit on the cold side just now, but it is a concern that they are not feeding, any piscatorial advice from the fish keepers on here would be much appreciated...

    Davie

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,619

    If you've got a largish pond and it's been a wildlife pond there may be enough life left to feed the fish for a while. 

    I've got sticklebacks in the the final part of my pond system, they come up through the ditches when water levels are high.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 20,499

    They can  be quite shy to feed at this time of year and under those circumstances they may take a few weeks to settle, but I'd agree with nut - there will be a lot of food still there.

    Like kids- they'll eat eventually - when they're hungry enough image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

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