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@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 06 3:23 pm    Post subject: Pond Progress  Reply with quote    

Our pond is taking shape now!!



That's it ducks in the spring.......




If you peer really closely you can see the water!!! Two underground springs keep it full

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 06 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice one

2steps



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 06 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

excellent

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 06 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What's the shape, depth & any artificial planting? Is it a brand new one or enlargement? Sorry for sounding like a 'pond spotter'

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 06 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Rob - pond spotting good - a bit keen at momnet!!
New pond to help land drains as we have a number of natural springs, 2 of which form the basis for the pond. Its about 4 foot deep and a wiggly shape as didn't want it to look like a swimming pool?? In this country - unlikely

Planned planting are to relocate the natural flora from the river and lakeside - lilies and flags. The soil is seriously peaty - we are on the edge of Lough Derg and opposite peat bog so the water is spectacularly clear.

Not sure what else to date except a few native trees around edge and a non native weeping willow just for me!

Any suggestions warmly welcomed - its our first excavation!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 06 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Calli wrote:
Any suggestions warmly welcomed - its our first excavation!


If you've got wild fowl in the area then I expect plenty of plants will turn up. I'd also be tempted to collect a few local seeds if you can and sow the eath banks then let nature take her course.

You have a great view there plenty of trees.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 06 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd go with that too- we dug out a small field pond that was all silt, grass & sedges 12 months ago, but the plants certainly came in & look at it now: Pond pic 1 Pond pic 2

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 06 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And then the fencing.....


Now for the geese and ducks.......

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 06 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It looks lovely and I bet you will be hacking back the growth around the edges by the summer

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
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Location: Galway
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 06 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

eerm how many geese does it take to crop a field........

Cathryn



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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 06 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dunno - but you could work on it

Camile



Joined: 26 Apr 2006
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Location: Co. Galway - Ireland
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 06 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good morning !

that looks great ! I'm sure the geese and ducks will be happy ..

you should put a small island on the middle ! where you could house the ducks ..

but is this pond not gonna attract more minks to you ?

@Calli



Joined: 03 Jul 2005
Posts: 1682
Location: Galway
PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 06 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

More traps arrived this morning along with the saffron bulbs!

We are surrounded by deep drainage canals ( not ditches!) so mink aplenty...Not in traps again yet....

Mike talking about a floating duck house.....

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 06 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

perimeter

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 06 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm very envious of you people with ponds.
When we moved to where we are now eighteen years ago the previous people had dug out a fairly large pond with an island in the middle, the works.
There was just one draw back. The land that we have is pretty good , a few feet of reasonable soil and then we are down to sand and pebbles. The pond was as dry as a bone.
Its for this reason that all our water feaures take the form of flooded boats.
The next place that we move to will have to have water on it.
From experience Calli , that pond of yours will have eels in it very quickly.
We have friends who had a new pond dug in a similar situation as yours and a couple of years after its completion I set 8 nightlines in it. I had 7 eels out og 8 the very first night and the pond was a good 40 yards away from the nearest water course.

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