Category: Nature And Wildlife

Raft Spiders

Raft Spider (Dolomedes Fimbriatus) One of the UK’s largest Spider is the semi-aquatic, Raft Spider (Dolomedes Fimbriatus), also known as the Fishing Spider.  With a leg span of 7cm, Raft Spiders spend their lives in surrounding pond vegetation that’s close to the water’s edge.  They spend much of their time resting their front legs on […]

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The Allotment Water Garden

The Allotment Water Garden Over the years, many customers have come to my retail nursery to purchase pond plants for water features in their allotments.  These small container ponds can be created very simply by using half Oak barrels, old Belfast sinks, old style bath tubs etc… In fact, anything that is watertight and can […]

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Water Scorpions

Also known by their Latin name (Nepa Cinerea), Water Scorpions are insects that look similar to land Scorpions.  Dark brown in colour and 3-5 cm in length, they certainly are a strange-looking insect. Strangest of it is their long narrow tail that looks like a sting. In fact, this is actually their breathing apparatus! They […]

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Alpine Newts in the UK

Long before my aquatic nursery even existed, I used to visit another aquatic nursery in Newdigate, known throughout my childhood as the Field Station. This wonderful place sold all kinds of Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish as well as an interesting range of pond plants. You can read more about the Field Station on my article […]

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My First Wildlife Ponds

My First Wildlife Ponds Introduction I have always had a massive interest in wildlife and plants. By the time I had reached the age of twenty five, I had kept and studied numerous Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Amphibians and plants. As a teenager I used to breed many species of Butterflies and Moths. No doubt […]

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Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From?

Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From? This is a question I get asked a lot.  Many people are often amazed at just how quick wildlife seems to arrive in their pond as if from nowhere.  So, just where does it arrive from?  All new ponds large or small will start attracting wildlife within days […]

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