The locals know the original park pond for its tadpoles. For a few years in the recent past they have been abundant in what was actually quite a small pond. Unfortunately, the tadpoles have become less abundant, and last year (2021) we think there were none that could be seen. In an effort to prevent premature drying out of the relatively small pond, it was enlarged about 18 months ago in an effort to allow water to be retained past the peak tadpole time to allow frogs to emerge and survive. After about a year where the clay stirred up by the enlargement was still in suspension, the ponds are finally starting to look more settled. Now with recent rains, the three separate ponds have joined up to make a single stretch of water.
These artificial “scrape” ponds tend to be quite shallow, and fed only by rains. We will keep an eye out for tadpoles this year, and if anyone spots them, let us know. Even better, try to get some photos. Also on this theme, the larger ponds on the other side of the railway viaduct, known as Longfield meadows, are three separate areas of water during dry period, joining to two in wetter times and just one when rain is abundant. There may be tadpoles there as well, but given that these ponds have more or less resident herons, they may well be gobbled up quite rapidly. But no doubt some will survive.
So, a general call for tadpole pictures please!