Friday, 6 January 2012

What a Network of Ponds!

During the next week or three, I'm going to take you for a walk around many of the ponds in the Cottam (residential) area. Some you'll know, and some, maybe you won't. As spring progresses we'll witness the differences that take place, with particular emphasis on the new pond near Valentine's Canal Bridge, as nature gets to work.
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Merrytrees/Greenmead           Photo: Steve Halliwell
Popular with the Mallard, and not as prone to litter as its neighbour on ther other side of Cottam Green.
In the past, the following two species of duck have been sighted on this pond -
The Tufted Duck -
the female is more drab in colour, and doesn't have as noticeable a 'tuft'.
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The Mandarin Duck. A pair have been recorded here.
Again, the female is far more modestly coloured, but this male is a real stunner.
Look out for the next one to visit.
In fact, if anyone sees anything other than Mr. or Mrs. Mallard, I'd be interested to hear.
Write to me at prestonbirder@aol.com
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Bideford Pond - A popular fishing pond, and haunt of dragonflies.  Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Bideford Pond -  A lovely corner of the pond.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Tag Croft Ponds - Just the breadth of Tom Benson Way away from Cottam.
Could definitely benefit from some T.L.C.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Fishing Pond - Close to the recycling depot.
Believed to hold some big Carp.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Pond (next to the one above) - Seems to be a promising wildlife pond.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Valentine's East No.1 - The expense of installing these walk-ways must have had a reason behind it. Anyone got any idea what it was?  Let me know.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Valentine's East No. 2 - even closer to the canal with a nice stream flowing into it in two places.
Photo: Steve Halliwell

                                                    Valentine's Bridge Pond -
As you approach the canal bridge along Valentine's Lane,
take the turning on the right just before the bridge, and you'll see this NEW pond on
your right-hand side. At present it's like a blank canvass, but watch how soon nature
takes over. I'll follow its progress and keep you posted. Better still, go and have a look
for yourself.
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Same pond, just a slightly different view.         Both photos: Steve Halliwell
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follow the course of the canal towards Tewitfield (away from Preston), and the next pond along is this one:-
Dunnock Pond -  A little too much Reed Mace for my liking.
Photo:  Steve Halliwell
Far Dunnock - This is as far as you can walk on the northern bank of the canal.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Just to the west of the Haydock Lane island, on Cottam Way - I have called this pond -
'South-west One'.   Here we are looking back across Cottam Way towards the houses.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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On the other side of the boardwalk from South-west One, and actually a part of the pond, is this
partially dried out part that has become extremely vegetated. It must be full of little, interesting
beasties!
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Fiddler's Fold or Memorial Ponds - Close to the entrance to Cottam Way from Lea Road.
Photo: Steve Halliwell
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Another portion of Fiddler's Fold Pond.
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Greenside Pond (near to the playground) - and the linear stretches of water closer to Greenside.
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The Weald Pond - see below photograph, also.
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The Weald Pond and decking observation area. Pity about all the mud as you leave the path in
The Weald. Don't go without your wellies!
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Photo: Steve Halliwell
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More to follow!
Posted by: Steve Halliwell

3 comments:

  1. This pond has also hosted Tufted Duck and a pair of Mandarin in the past.
    Worth keeping an eye on.

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  2. Nice summary of ponds Steve. The 'fishing pond' has Emperor Dragonflies on show in summer - gorgeous. There is also a very shallow overgrown pond to the south of this which has newts present and sometimes the odd Reed Bunting or two.

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  3. Have you noticed the collection of white ducks that have taken residence on the pond opposite the school, very vocal!! Are they domestic ducks? They arrived a good few months ago now with with a huge black and white bird looked like an eider unfortunately I think its wings were clipped and a dog got it, very sad as the children loved watching it march around

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