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Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

Kezzab

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Proof of life.
 

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Hi all,
do quite like the swamp look if im honest
That was what I wanted. I'd guess that this was peak pond (2012) in terms of biodiversity.

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But succession didn't stop there and by 2018 it was just solid plants (mainly Equisetum fluviatile & Eleocharis palustris) with no visible water. I was in New Zealand during the 2018 summer <"and it dried right out">.

cheers Darrel
 

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In pond shops they sell styrofoam floating domes/things to create a hole that doesn't freeze to prevent the dreaded lack of gas exchange Tim refers to. :)

But since it styrofoam, you can make it DIY... it actually only is a floating piece with a hole in it and this hole is covered losely with an other piece of styrofoam. Not air/gas tight but secure enough it doesn't blow off. The air area in the covered hole remains warm enough due to the styrofoam insulation properties not to freeze the water surface bellow the cover. :)

These things are designed to prevent people from breaking the ice with smashing a hammer to it. This can/will cause shockwaves in the water that can be fatal to wildlife.
 
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