On the final pond of the NT Riverland’s / UCL pond week, we were joined by the Associated Press team who documented our restoration.

A relatively small to medium sized in-field pit, Big Stumpy is so named due to the gigantic dead oak tree stumps found in the pit during the pre-restroation site visit. These oak trees were cut down many years ago at a time when farmers were encouraged to remove hedgerows on farms to increase intensification of farming.

In an exploration of the pond sediment for plant seeds and snail’s, Seth demonstrated his commitment to the cause by getting his wellies stuck in the mud, thus the pond being nicknamed as ‘Seth’s Pond’ for ever more.

The effort’s of Carl and Seth were not in vain however, and we were lucky enough to find remnants of Potamogeton natans in the pond basin. We will keep an eye out for this species returning during the recolonisation.

A Potamogeton natans leaf found in the pond sediment
Seth explains the changes made during the day working on ‘Big Stumpy’.