As in a lot of farmland ponds, an inflow leads into Grasshopper pond via a long pipe from a country lane. If possible, it is best to avoid ponds with inflows as it may mean that the water less clear and possibly less clean. However, it will be exciting to see how Grasshopper pond, the first of the UCL / NT Riverlands pond week does based on this.

Hence we named it Grasshopper pond!

Prior to restoration the pond was completely dry although boggy, and between 75% and 100% shaded by surrounding trees. A small partch of Mentha aquatica was present. It was also doubled basined and absolutely huge! A great pond to start the week with.

During the restoration, sadly no cultural objects were found in the pond, however a number of Red Admiral butterflies and a grasshopper was spotted by the volunteers.

Prior to restoration
Mid tree and scrub removal
Removal of organic matter exposes water

As soon as water was exposed in the pond basin, the volunteers were delighted to watch damselflies ovipositing in the midday sun. As you can see from the pictures below, willow scrub was removed from the pond but mature trees were left for habitat.

Date of restoration 7 and 8th Sept 2019
Days taken to complete2
Number of volunteers13
Aquatic plants present 1