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Pinks Hill Pond Vollie Tale...

Posted: Monday 18th May 2015 by Volunteering

Pinks Hill Pond after clearance

In 2013 Pinks Hill Pond, the largest pond on Broadstreet Common became badly infested with two invasive plant species: Water Fern (Azolla filiculoides) and Least Duckweed (Lemna minuta)....

Both species float on the surface of the ponds and following the long warm summer of 2013 and mild winter that followed, they had completely covered the pond with a thick blanket.

Broadstreet Common Rangers Guy Kent and Mark Havler would like to send out a big thanks to the Monday and Tuesday Vollies for taking up the challenge and fighting back! Using improvised booms made out of wooden planks, hand nets, and Mark in the pond in his dry-suit (sometimes in freezing temperatures!), they said it couldn’t be done, but we managed it!

Sadly, it is unlikely that we will be able to completely rid of the pond of these two species (particularly Lemna minuta). However, now it’s likely to be an on-going management requirement using booms and nets, it is hoped that we will be able to prevent the pond from becoming infested to that extent again. Time will tell....

Guy Kent

Assistant Ranger

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