Eaglesfield Park: Pond Dipping and Pond Maintenance Project on 19th May 2013

Eaglesfield Park

Pond Dipping and Pond Maintenance Project

on 19th May 2013

Eaglesfield Park

Eaglesfield Park

Finally spring (and the sunshine) has arrived and we continue the development and tidy up of the Eaglesfield Park pond area and not forgetting facilitating pond dipping for the younger ones amongst us.

The pond life seems to be flourishing, including newts, frogs, water boatmen, water skaters and dragon flies.  Of course you may also find other interesting creatures that we have not yet been able to identify.

If you have not been to the Eaglesfield Park pond for a while the first thing you will notice is that it has “greened up” well but we need to reduce the invasive “weeds” and grass.  We want to give the wild flower seeds that we planted last year a chance to flourish.

By now it is old news that there are up to a dozen ducks that regularly visit the pond.  There have also been sightings of bats hunting around the pond.

If you were able to make it last year to some of our tidy up and planting sessions we would like to thank you for your support and hard work in transforming, what was once a forgotten part of Eaglesfield Park, into a beautiful focal point for wildlife and the local community.

Eaglesfield Park Pond Dipping

Pond Dipping is always a great hit with children and adults alike.  We are never disappointed as the children (and adults) always manage to pull out creatures of interest from the pond.  Of course it is done so that we do not harm the creatures in any way and they are always put back into the pond at the end of the session.  Please watch the short video, which gives you some idea about what pond dipping is all about.  Please be patient because the video starts off with some footage of the pond before showing the actual pond dipping activity.

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Pond clean up and maintenance at Eaglesfield Park

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Today members of Eaglesfield Park and other volunteers met for the first time this year to start the important work of maintaining the meadow around the pond.  We were lucky to be guided by one of the members who came equipped with and organised file with pictures and names.  We were confident that we would only pull up unwanted weeds and not any of the precious wild flowers we planted last year.

What are we still waiting for?

Here is what a member of the Friends of Eaglesfield Park committee had to say:

“I have lived on Shooters Hill all my life and have been a member of Friends of Eaglesfield Park (FOEP) since it was set up in 2006.   I remember the pond as a beauty spot that everyone visited but which over the years became overgrown, a dumping area and eventually a dried up scrub.  In fact many people did not realise the pond had ever existed!   I do hope you agree with me that the restored wildlife pond and meadow is a wonderful opportunity to study nature in a tranquil setting.” Madeleine

You may be one of the people who did not realise there was a pond in Eaglesfield Park.  Well that is about to be changed because we are still working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the lottery fund to put up signs around the park and pond area.  This will include directions from Shooters Hill and Foxcroft as well as information boards advising people what they will find in the park.  This will be an exciting phase of the pond project because it means that we will become visible.

Next Eaglesfield Park pond dipping event

Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme: 2013 Community Fete

Saturday 15 June                1 pm to 4 pm

Pond dipping will be open to all ages.  Don’t worry if you do not have a net because we will provide nets and worksheets.   We look forward to seeing you then.

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5 Responses to Eaglesfield Park: Pond Dipping and Pond Maintenance Project on 19th May 2013

  1. soniaharris says:

    I am really proud to be part of Friends of Eaglesfield Park and part of the work that has resulted in the recreation of the pond. I have enjoyed attending the Sunday tidy up sessions and watching the children enjoying pond dipping. It is a real sense of community.

  2. madeleine says:

    Hi, at last the weather gave us our first chance to tidy up. It’s amazing how everything is growing. I managed to see a beautiful red dragon fly!

  3. Brigimo says:

    Hi all, yes it was good to finally have a dry enough morning to get out to work at the pond again. Great to see the pond dippers enjoying themselves. It seems to be something that dads in particular seem to enjoy doing with their children and everyone seems to enjoy the way it brings you in such direct contact with an abundance of fascinating wildlife – and in the city too!

    Can’t wait for the next one at the Community Fete on the 15th June. See you there.

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