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March 2016: Pooling Together Update

The Pooling Together Ponds are filling up nicely.  I love the rain!  Since my last article all the ponds are full to the top and are looking amazing.  We should start to see wildlife and plants appearing as spring starts. 

Over the past couple of months, we have had some very successful volunteer work party days which has involved lots of mud, clearing back scrub, making hibernaculum, creating dead hedges, drinking tea and of course eating biscuits!  We have a number of other volunteer work party days planned for the coming few months: see the attached flyer which details the forthcoming dates.

Along with volunteer days, we have also be helping a group of home educated children get very muddy.  On a glorious cold but sunny February day, myself and some young helpers and parents met at the Three Splashes, Bringsty Common.   All were armed with spades and ready to help lay some drainpipes between the three ponds. There were no complaints about mud.  The children had great fun digging and breaking the ice.   When asked about his morning, one child said: “I like digging the pond and I love the mud. You feel you’ve done something really good.” 

In addition, to practical volunteer days and muddy children, we also delivered a very successful frog and toad training session.  Sadly, we haven’t taught the local amphibians to jump hoops but we have taught a keen team of volunteers to recognise the difference between the two species and also how to record the information following methodology of a National project called PondNet.

Forthcoming training  still have training courses include courses include; Amphibian Survey techniques (4th April) and Composting Toilet – May 7th and 8th (subsidised places available).  Booking is essential as places are limited. 

It would be great to see you at any of our volunteer days or training sessions.  If you would like to get more involved with the Ponds Project please contact Jane Čabara at the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust on 01432 356872 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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