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Swanland Pond Partnership (SPP)
News Update
August 2017


Water Quality
From mid-July we have had the first signs of an algal bloom developing. This follows consecutive days of very hot and windy weather. Algal blooms, low water levels and high temperatures reduce the amount of available oxygen in the water, which can cause problems for the fish and other aquatic species. The SPP will continue to monitor the situation as the summer progresses.

Back Wall
The large rocks at the base of the Mere Flats Wall have been moved to improve access for ERYC when they return to carry out repairs in the Autumn. Many thanks to all those who helped on the day.

Pond Life
The common Water Slater (Asellus aquaticus) is another species which is quite abundant in the pond. They are watery rela-tives of the garden woodlice and share a lot of physical traits. Their diets are not exactly the same though.

Woodlice are mainly herbivo-rous, unlike their water slater cousins who will consume the rotting remains of animals and dead bugs as well as decomposing plants. These crustaceans do all of their feeding at the bottom of the water column, often amidst vegetation and on the underside of rocks. Al-though water slaters do a lot of "meat" eating themselves, they are also prey to the fish.

Water slaters move from pond to pond by being moved on plants, or by birds, or floods. This means it can take quite a few years for them to arrive naturally in a new garden pond.

If you would like to help as a pond volunteer please contact Alyson on Tel:634 168.

The pond really does need YOU! See also Pond Information Page
See also Emergency Wildlife - Contact Directory (pdf file)

Pond levels are constantly monitored

The Parish Council have agreed to contact ERYC about the large inlet drain at Waters Edge (which may have a leak) and Yorkshire Water with queries about the location of pipes and leakages.


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