Church Farm East

A twin or double pond with “Church Farm West”, this is the smaller and prior being restored was the most deteriorated of the two as it was subject to frequent drying. It was between 75-100% shaded and the water depth is recorded with high scientific rigour as “up to the top of the wellies”. 😉 … More Church Farm East

Church Farm West

Between 75-100% shaded prior to restoration, Church Farm East is one of a pair of ponds near the top of a ridge at the Dorothea de Winton Field Experimentation site at the John Innes Centre owned Church Farm. From looking at old maps it appears to be around 170 years old. It was restored along … More Church Farm West

Tud Tarn

This is a pond creation in a very wet field near the River Tud, once part of the formally huge Badley Moor; a common of which only a small part remains. We found field drains of varying ages, probably never very successful attempts to “improve” the land but because of the high water table it … More Tud Tarn

Ambler’s Gambler

The NPP are so pleased to be able to share Ambler Gambler pond, because it belongs to one of our fantastic volunteers who works with great enthusiasm and expertise both during the UCL pond restoration weeks and during UCL Crucian Carp trips. This fantastic human is Graham Gamble and he has self-funded his own pond … More Ambler’s Gambler

Turfy Mcturf Pond

For centuries this valley bottom was cut for peat but since the cessation of this 100 or more years ago the former areas of open water have been lost along with truly aquatic plant species like as Bog Bean and the Stonewort Chara vulagris. This pond restoration was therefore somewhat more of a ‘resurrection’. The … More Turfy Mcturf Pond

Harper’s Pit

At Harper’s Pit, the pond links to an ancient drain and also sits alongside an ancient hedgerow. There are some lovely oaks, holly and thorn around the pit that were left. Prior to the restoration the pond was 50-75% shaded and held only an inch of water. Around the edge of the basin there is … More Harper’s Pit

Health Pit

Another pond restored by the Wensum Farmers is Health Pit; a very ancient pit which leads onto the next landowners area of land – great for connectivity in the landscape! The pit was between 75-100% shaded prior to restoration but held around one foot of water. The restoration took place on the 21st September 2019, … More Health Pit

Fish Pond

Self-funded by the landowners of the fantastic Upper Wensum Cluster Farm Group, Fish Pond is a really interesting pond with truly ancient banks. There are some beautiful old oaks and ash and some lovely Gypsywort all around the basin. There is an old outflow drain from the pond. Prior to restoration the pond was 25-50% … More Fish Pond

Coldham’s Pit

This restoration took place using only the digger during the Riverlands Pond week whilst volunteers were still removing scrub from Grasshopper Pond. The grey marl can clearly be seen at the base of the pond.

Spindly Willow Pond

Part of the National Trust Riverlands funded UCL pond week, this pond had previously been managed. The management had included the coppicing of willows in the pond basin but the stumps had been removed hence slim willow shoots had sprouted throughout. Apart from the heavy stumps which had to be removed by the digger, the … More Spindly Willow Pond

Little Pit

Little Pit is a small but very deep pond in North Norfolk. The pit was completely surrounded by willow trees which had encroached across centre, leaving it entirely dry and encapsulated by a web of shoots… Restoration consisted of removal of all the willow and a small amount of sediment removal. The pond is very … More Little Pit

Tussock Sedge Pond

Tussock Sedge Pond is a half open pond in Hindolveston, Norfolk, named (unimaginatively!) because of the wonderful abundance of Tussock Sedge in the basin. Whilst the pond isn’t completely encroached by trees like many others, one huge willow dominated the basin causing the water to be completely absent by this point in the year. On … More Tussock Sedge Pond