Eaglesfield Pond one year on

Friends of Eaglesfield Park celebrate their first anniversary at the Eaglesfield Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Community Fete

Eaglesfield Park

Eaglesfield Park

The Friends of Eaglesfield Park (FOEP) participated in the Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (EPNWS) Community Fete on the 15th June and were looking forward to meeting everyone.

The weather forecast was a bit grim, but like true “Brits”, we remained upbeat! After all, it might only be light showers but how wrong we were! Just as the day’s festivities began, the heavens opened accompanied by an exceptionally strong and cold wind. Within minutes everyone was soaked and rushing to protect their stalls. But we were not deterred.

This video gives you an idea of what it was like on the day.

Here are some of my “snaps” which I hope capture not only the weather conditions but also how we managed to “Carry on Pond Dipping Regardless”.

Eaglesfield Park Pond

 

Eaglesfield Park pond

 

Eaglesfield Park pond

Whilst at the pond we only saw the male Mallard Duck, but during the very heavy rain, even he flew off. I always thought there was a saying “Nice Weather for Ducks”, but it seems even ducks get fed up with the rain.

Eaglesfield Park Pond

Where is the summer?

One year anniversary for Eaglesfield Park Pond

The Restored Eaglesfield Park Pond was officially opened on the 15th June 2012 – it rained that day too !

Perhaps we should avoid the 15th June 2014 (a Sunday) for any event !

Eaglesfield Park Pond Photo Display

We also had a photo display detailing the various stages of the restoration of the pond and meadow and their future development. It also provided information on some of the wildflowers we would like to include in the meadow, and the butterflies and pond life we have identified. Our aim is to provide a habitat that will encourage a wide range of wildlife – wildflowers/grasses, insects, bees, butterflies, pond life, birds, etc and a healthy well balanced pond environment.

Creating the appropriate habitat is not just a question of “let everything grow, let Nature do its own thing”. Some plants are “thugs” and will take over very quickly, which smother some of the important nectar rich wildflowers. So it does mean we need to carry out maintenance and tidying.

This aspect of work is very much a learning curve for Friends Of Eaglesfield Park. We are compiling reference guides for identification of wildflowers, pond creatures, butterflies, birds, dragonflies/damsel flies, bees etc. If anyone has an interest in this type of research or monitoring we would love to hear from you.

Friends Of Eaglesfield Park is not just pond dipping, digging and gardening! Although I enjoy hands-on gardening, I must admit since I have become more involved with identification and research, I am more aware of how much there is to see, once you start looking!

Photos of Eaglesfield Park Pond and Pond Dipping Activity

The following are a couple of snaps (apologies – not very good due to rain) of the photo display.

 Eaglesfield Park Pond

Eaglesfield Park Pond

¬†Finally, we did have a few minutes of sunshine, before the fete officially opened …..

It was a shame the weather was so unkind, but we enjoyed talking to everyone and were heartened by the enthusiasm of the children that were determined to try pond dipping despite the rain and cold wind.

Friends Of Eaglesfield Park will arrange another Pond Dipping and Tidying Session as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on our notice board at the Foxcroft Road entrance to Eaglesfield Park.

Finally, please keep in touch with us. We would like to hear your comments and suggestions about any aspect of Eaglesfield Park – don’t forget the area on the other side of Eaglesfield Road is also part of the park.

We are only a “small band” – so anything you could do to help would be very much appreciated.

Yours Madeleine

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