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Pond Life

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A pond can be described as being a small body of water which is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the bottom allowing the growth of rooted plants at its deepest point.

Ponds are generally considered to be man-made bodies of water and smaller than a lake. Man-made bodies of water larger than a lake are generally considered to be reservoirs. Whichever description one chooses and whichever size a pond may be, all healthy ponds form a freshwater environment for an abundant species of wildlife. They form an environment for all sorts of small creatures to develop as well as an environment for molluscs, worms and crustaceans to flourish.

Ponds allow amphibians to live and breed. All this allows predators such as the Grass Snake and the Water Vole to prosper. Also the small flying insects which ponds sustain allow bats to feed and prosper in the vicinity. Larger ponds attract swimming birds such as the Mallard and the Coot, as well as wading birds such as the popular Grey Heron. Ponds have always fascinated children and adults often find the still water perfect for contemplation and reflection.

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Flatworm (Freshwater free-living)

Flatworm (Freshwater free-living)

Freshwater free-living Flatworms are small animals with soft jelly-like bodies that are flattened and have no back bones or spinal columns. They are often referred to a

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Frog (Common)

Frog (Common)

The Common Frog is also known as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog. It is a popular amphibian found throughout England in ponds and lakes which

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Frog (Pool)

Frog (Pool)

The Pool Frog is a small amphibian that is very rarely seen in the wild and it was not alltogether clear whether this frog was native to England at all. However, researc

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Leech (Medicinal)

Leech (Medicinal)

The Medicinal Leech is a blood-sucking worm with a flattened segmented body. It can be found scattered around England in muddy ponds and pools which have lots of waterwe

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Newt (Common)

Newt (Common)

The Common Newt is also known as the Smooth Newt and it can be found throughout England. It prefers to live in garden ponds where there are no fish, but it also lives in

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Newt (Great Crested)

Newt (Great Crested)

The Great Crested Newt is also known as the Warty Newt because its body is covered with lots of wart-like bumps. It can be found in most places in England apart from Cor

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Newt (Palmate)

Newt (Palmate)

The Palmate Newt is the smallest amphibian in England and can mainly be found in the south and west of the country on heathlands. It can also be seen on moorlands in the

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Shrimp (Fairy)

Shrimp (Fairy)

The Fairy Shrimp is a freshwater crustacean that swims on its back and it can often be found in vernal pools. Vernal pools are temporary pools that are formed by rainwat

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Snail (Great Pond)

Snail (Great Pond)

The Great Pond Snail is the largest water snail in England and can be found throughout the country in ponds, lakes and canals with slow-flowing waters. This snail delibe

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Toad (Common)

Toad (Common)

The Common Toad is the most widespread and the most popular amphibian in England. It can be found in woodlands, rough grasslands, moors, scrubs and gardens. Even though

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Toad (Natterjack)

Toad (Natterjack)

The Natterjack Toad is also known as the ‘runner toad’ because it tends to run more than it hops. It is a very rare and protected species that can be found on lowlan

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Water Boatman (Common)

Water Boatman (Common)

The Common Water Boatman is a small water bug that has piercing and sucking mouth parts, like all bugs. It can be found throughout the country in ponds, canals, rivers a

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Water Scorpion

Water Scorpion

Water Scorpions are insects known as bugs because they have piercing and sucking mouth parts. They can be found throughout the country in ponds, lakes, shallow slow-flow

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