Hooks Wood pond
The pond, at the far side of Hooks Wood is being restored to support and encourage wildlife. It will be enlarged, deepened and the surrounding vegetation cleared to allow light in from the south and west. After this, the pond will be left to its own devices and wildlife will soon start to flourish
Hooks Wood pond restoration
Pond restoration for aquatic biodiversity shows huge benefits for water plants, invertebrates, amphibians and fishes. Restored ponds become hotspots for pollinators such as bees and hoverflies and help to feed farmland birds that dine on emerging insects.
About the pond
Dried out and dark
The pond was overgrown, dark and uninviting to wildlife. It was dry from a long hot summer in 2020
A few months ago
The area around the pond was cleared of the dense surrounding vegetation. Fallen and overgrown trees have been removed. The area is light and waiting for ...
... the digger
A necessary operation, the pond has to be enlarged to remove accumulated detritus and enable water to fill the cleared area
Leave for 2 years
The pond will become a perfect natural habitat for aquatic animals and plants as well as a water source for visiting wildlife
Green Space is receiving help and guidance from a number of sources to restore this pond and are hoping to receive a grant next year for some of the work.
Meanwhile, we are indebted to the excellent information from the farmland pond restoration initiative being undertaken in East Anglia by University College London.
You can find a lot of information on their restoration site here: www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2019/aug/bringing-farmland-ponds-back-life-protect-britains-wildlife
There is a particularly useful leaflet produced by the Norfolk WIldlife trust. You can download and view it HERE
This YouTube video produced by UCL demonstrates pretty much the type of work underway at Hooks Wood pond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpN6QuhzTSA&t=8s