Our pond at the front of the house supports quite a bit of wildlife despite being, or probably because it is, totally neglected. There is too much other stuff that takes priority so although there’s a pondweed problem that gets worse as the summer progresses, it seems to be regulating itself fairly successfully.
We have frogs and newts which I hope you can make out on these pictures, taken with bright sunshine refecting into my vision, so I couldn’t actually see what was there through the lense at the time!
I’m taking this as a good sign of the enviromental state of the pond. I’m tempted to try and clear out the pond weed but the ducks which occasionally visit seem to enjoy feeding on this. The problem is that the ducks don’t stay long because the pond is by the lane into the house and the farmer’s yard, so there can be too much activity for them. Last year we did have a female duck that stayed for a couple of weeks with her ducklings until the maize harvesting started. In the winter we had a heron drop by on its way to the lake in the woods behind us I presume.
One year we even had a water vole which used to be visible as dusk was approaching. It’s no longer there and I miss it’s characteristic plops. I think our dog who is also now gone was just too much for it as he’d quite happily take a dip much to the cats’ disgust.
The pond dries out at the height of the summer but I’m hoping we’ll get some rain as this year it could end up being dry for a few months rather than weeks.