Scrapes for wildlife

One of our wildlife 'Scrapes' drying out

Whilst clearing out are farm ponds last Autumn, whilst the digger was on site we also took the opportunity of putting in a series of wildlife ‘scrapes’. Our scrapes quickly filled up with rainwater during one of the wettest winters on record. The scrapes are just shallow¬†depressions in the land with gently¬†sloping edges, which (importantly)… Continue reading Scrapes for wildlife

Farm ponds invertebrate audit

Counting freshwater invertebrates in a a freshly restored farm pond

An out of the blue call from Helen Greaves changed the plans for the day as it became the day to do an audit of invertebrates in both the restored farm ponds and the newly created scrapes. A lovely hot sunny day isn’t the best sort of day to don waders but, if you want… Continue reading Farm ponds invertebrate audit

Raising the water levels in a restored farm pond

Using a digger to raise the pond water level

It’s been a few wet months since we cleaned out and restored the main pond and despite the rain the retained water level held in the pond has been disappointing. As we had a digger on site today to prep a shed floor, it had a few minutes diversion to carry across a few buckets… Continue reading Raising the water levels in a restored farm pond

Restoring our farm ponds

On our fields at Hesketh Bank we seem to have a comprehensive¬†selection of different farm pond types: A derelict natural pond that has never been cleaned out for ages and is full of rubbish, general detritus and the odd bit of scrap metal. A ‘ghost’ pond where a natural pond used to be but has… Continue reading Restoring our farm ponds