Pond Partnership (SPP)
From mid-July we have had the first signs
of an algal bloom developing. This follows
consecutive days of very hot and windy weather.
Algal blooms, low water levels and high temperatures
reduce the amount of available oxygen in the
water, which can cause problems for the fish
and other aquatic species. The SPP will continue
to monitor the situation as the summer progresses.
The large rocks at the base of the Mere Flats
Wall have been moved to improve access for
ERYC when they return to carry out repairs
in the Autumn. Many thanks to all those who
helped on the day.
The common Water Slater (Asellus aquaticus)
is another species which is quite abundant
in the pond. They are watery rela-tives
of the garden woodlice and share a lot
of physical traits. Their diets are not
exactly the same though.
are mainly herbivo-rous, unlike their water
slater cousins who will consume the rotting
remains of animals and dead bugs as well as
decomposing plants. These
crustaceans do all of their feeding at the
bottom of the water column, often amidst vegetation
and on the underside of rocks. Al-though water
slaters do a lot of "meat" eating
themselves, they are also prey to the fish.
slaters move from pond to pond by being moved
on plants, or by birds, or floods. This means
it can take quite a few years for them to
arrive naturally in a new garden pond.
you would like to help as a pond volunteer please
contact Alyson on Tel:634 168.
levels are constantly monitored
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