September & October 2010

September & October 2010

This two month period hadn't contained any real eventful points in the restoration of the pond. The water continued to be pumped within the allowances and when time dictated. The decision had been made at the committee meeting in September to keep the pond closed until November, as the water level was still not really high enough. Hopefully this extra month would give us time. The Purple Loosestrife that had been so prevalent over the earlier months was starting to die back as the gradual onset of autumn took hold. On the more sunnier days, shoals of Rudd could be seen basking in the upper water layers all over the pond area. Some of these fish had certainly grown on since the stocking and the abundance of small fry in the margins was an encouraging sign. The yellow flag iris continues to grow in the shallower areas of the pond along with other grasses. The common reeds are still present in small patches along with the Lillie's that continued to flower into early October. As the ground had been dry for so long, any chance of putting down grass seed was not forthcoming until late September when a couple of days of heavy rain wet the ground sufficiently. The seed was mixed with top soil and spread over the remaining swims that were still bare earth. The warm weather shortly after the rains certainly kicked the seed into life which took rapidly.

Mid October saw the first frosts and the trees around the pond start to shed their leaves by the hundreds. The banks and paths were kept clear and any leaf litter that could be removed from the pond was taken out. The heat from the barrel used to burn the leaves certainly made the cold mornings a little more pleasant.