May 2013

May 2013

With the seemingly late arrival of spring, the plant life has started to gather momentum in its growth skywards. The reeds and iris both compete for space along the banks providing good marginal cover although the Lilly pads have been slow in showing themselves. This could possibly be down to the pond being very full with water for so long, leaving a greater distance to the surface. The duck weed is slowly starting to appear but hopefully we can net this to a certain degree and remove it to keep it under control, although a good amount of surface movement will slow its spread.

The nesting swans have moved off the pond to the river, taking with them three signets. The canada goose however doesnt seem to have managed to hatched her eggs this year. A pair of mallards have managed to produce nine or so ducklings which are growing fast and will soon be gone.

The fishing is still slow at the moment although a few of the larger tench are being caught on worm and corn. The sunnier days have seen the carp and bream cruising close to the surface but uninterested in feeding. The glut of frogs seen on the pond at the beginning of the month seemed to have disappeared as fast as they arrived but the masses of tadpoles occupying the margins has never been seen in such quantities. Grass snakes can also often be seen swimming from the margins across the water surface, some of these being near the 3ft mark in length.

The water level has dropped a little over the last few weeks as the weather has warmed and the growth of the foliage around the pond. The little rain we have had has done nothing to increase water levels although water still flows via the inlet pipe at the top end of the pond. Only at the end of May did we see any major rain but we wait and see if this effects the water courses in Swallowfield to any degree.