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Norma Taylor - 2015
Swanland Pond Partnership (SPP)
News Update
June 2017


Pond South Wall
ERYC have removed the Holly Tree growing on top of the wall. The stump and roots will need to be dealt with before re-pairs can begin.

Pond Life
One of the most abundant aquatic organisms in the pond is Daphnia; commonly known as the “Water Flea”.

Their common name is due to their general appearance and jerky swimming movements which resemble a land flea.

They are, in fact, a small crustacean and are generally 0.2-3.0 mm long. Most of their outer covering is clear so under magnification you can see most of their internal organs at work, including the heart.

Their head contains a darkly coloured compound eye and numerous antennae used for feeling and swimming. They live in the water column and are light enough to stay suspended by using their legs and antennae for movement.

They live mainly in the upper portion of the water column near the algae-rich surface, but they will often move up or down the water column depending on the season or predators.

During the day, they often move to the lower depths to avoid predators, at night they come towards the surface to eat. They help to improve the water quality of the pond as they feed on bacteria, fine detritus and very small algae.

Unfortunately, our helpful water fleas are at the bottom of the food chain and are themselves an important source of food for the young fish in the pond!

(Alyson – SPP Secretary)

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.

The pond really does need YOU! See also Pond Information Page

See Emergency Wildlife - Contact Directory (pdf file)

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