theCommonFrog          There’s a new addition to our park – in the corner nearest the Winton Avenue entrance. It may look a bit like a churned up mess but this fenced enclosure protects an exciting new conservation project.     

It’s the brainchild of Froglife (www.froglife.org, ‘leaping forward for reptiles and amphibians’) – a national wildlife charity committed to protecting our native amphibians and reptiles including frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards. They maintain existing ponds and create new habitats thereby protecting species of frogs and toads which are threatened with extinction, such as the pool frog.  Froglife’s flagship project, London Dragon Finder funded by the Heritage Lottery, is the benefactor of our new pond.

The pond level is still low but over the winter it will settle and fill up. It’s lined with bentonite clay matting which has gradually absorbed water and that together with evaporation has kept the pond’s water level low. Right now the gate to the enclosure is locked but that will change in the spring when the area will be sown with grass and wild flower seeds.  And the natural mounds of earth, set back from the pond, will be covered in grass and native wild flowers, making them pleasant places to sit as well as attracting wildlife to the area.

Froglife works with schools to raise awareness and educate in line with the national curriculum and the pond has an educational role. A ‘dipping platform’ will be installed at the deepest end – the south west corner of the pond – to allow children to carry out field studies. There will also be ‘interpretation boards’ on sustainable Douglas Fir & Birch ply lecterns.

Already there are a few tennis balls sprinkled around the pond – but that’s just be a hazard of its location – they can easily be fished out.

There are a couple of important things to remember which are:

  • Keep the gate to the enclosure closed to stop dogs getting in.
  • Don’t be tempted to dump any unwanted fish or terrapins in the pond as they have a detrimental impact on our wild life.

Oh and lastly we have been working on this project with the aptly named Alexia Fish who is the Ecologist based with the London Dragon Finder.

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charity patrons: Mike Dilger and Jules Howard

Froglife, 1 Loxley, Werrington,  Peterborough, PE4 5BW

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