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Pierrepont Farm
wildlife monitoring report April 2013

by Bill Young

Among the surveys carried out in 2013 by the Pierrepont monitoring group were two of the farm pond in front of the new(ish) dairy, which was opened in April 2011. The pond was excavated the following month and was left to its own devices to see what would eventually turn up in it.

The second of the pond surveys was a formal affair, conducted in September and the results will appear on this website later.

The first survey was a more informal exercise conducted on the farm’s Open Day on Sunday 21st April 2013, with members of the public taking part in pond dipping and volunteers Bill Young, Patrick Clear and Doreen Dye cataloguing their findings.

This comprised simply noting the types of freshwater macro-invertebrates found in the farm pond by the dippers and the following were found:

Damselfly
nymphs
Mayfly
larvae
Ramshorn
snails
Water snails
(mostly Lymnea)
Midge
larvae
Frog
tadpoles
Squeak
beetle
Diving beetle,
various
Pondskaters
Dragonfly nymphs
(Hawkers, Darters
and Chasers)