Some unexpected funds from Natural England’s Great Crested Newt habitat restoration scheme are allowing Suffolk Wildlife Trust to restore 10 ponds in Suffolk this Spring and we are lucky enough to have one of them.
It’s an old pond which has been somewhat neglected, so they are optimistic about bringing it back as a strong biodiversity habitat. So far, they’ve cleared trees and vegetation (just ahead of the birds starting to nest).
Next, when the fields dry out so that the digger can get access, dredging the pond and diverting the ditch that runs through it. The problem with the ditch is that, as well as our runoff, it also takes water – and therefore fertiliser residue – from our non-organic neighbouring farm so there is currently too much nutrient in the pond water.