Important Delivery/Covid-19 Information: Updated 27th August- Our dispatch time is now back to our regular time of 5 working days, All orders are dispatched on Mondays and if busy also Tuesdays, The nursery is now closed to visitors until Tuesday the 2nd of March 2021, Our Online store is open all year around.

Category: Nature And Wildlife

Raft Spiders

Raft Spiders One of the UK’s largest Spider is the semi-aquatic, Raft Spider (Dolomedes Fimbriatus) which is  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

Over the years, I have had many visiting customers to my retail nursery who have come to purchase pond plants for different water features that they have created 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, and in […]

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Water Scorpions

Also known by their Latin name (Nepa Cinerea), Water Scorpions are insects that look similar to land Scorpions.  They are dark brown in colour and 3 – 5 cm in length and they certainly are a strange looking insect with their long narrow tails that looks like a sting though, this is actually their breathing […]

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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 I have always had a massive interest in wildlife and plants, and 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 and […]

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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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