Pond Partnership (SPP)
yellow flag iris, reeds and grasses
have been growing well in the warmer weather;
the vibrant yellow flowers reminding us that
summer is finally here! At the time of writing
(early June), we have been free of algal blooms
for a few weeks which is good news.
On 10th May Members of the SPP, SVA and Swanland
in Bloom Groups met McCarthy and Stone representatives
at the pond for the official handover of their
the weather was good, so we could be photographed
by the pond!
Volunteers have continued to paint the back
of the fence ahead of the original autumn
schedule. Two coats of paint have already
been applied but the reeds have grown too
tall to paint the final coat. This will be
completed in the autumn, if necessary, when
the reeds have been cut back. Thanks once
again to the volunteers who have given their
time in this way – we all appreciate
your hard work.
Apologies to the bird watchers amongst you!
The geese visiting the pond in larger numbers
this year were incorrectly identified as Pink
Footed Geese in the SVA newsletter. They were,
in fact, Graylag geese. Although both species
can be seen in our region, belong to the same
genus (Anser) and both have pink legs, there
are differences between them.
(Anser anser) are the largest and heaviest
built of the grey geese (adult-80cm).
They have a thick neck and dark brown
head, pink legs and heavy orange beak.
In flight, they show pale grey forewing
patches and make cackling, gabbling calls
like farmyard geese. Greylag geese are
fairly widespread: a summer visitor, year-round
resident or winter visitor in North West
geese (Anser brachyrhynchus) are large
and neatly built (adult-60cm). They have
a distinctive dark brown head and short
neck, stubby dark beak with pink markings
and pink legs. In flight, a grey back
and forewings contrast with dark flight
feathers. They make a distinctive wink-wink-wink
call. This species winters across North
West Europe but is not a year-long resident
Collins Gem Birds, J Flegg).
you would like to help as a pond volunteer please
contact Alyson on Tel:634 168.
are constantly monitored for signs of make-up
water and losses.
Parish Council have agreed to contact ERYC
about the large inlet drain at Waters Edge
(which may have a leak) and Yorkshire Water
with queries about the location of pipes