It has been a busy month for the Yorkshire T.O.A.D team with habitat works! The most recent site to be worked on was Dewsbury Country Park where a pond, and a ditch leading to it, have been restored – see the before, during and after photos below to see how much of a difference it has made to the site!
One of the main problems with this particular pond was that it dried out early in the summer and the channels leading to it were blocked with vegetation before the frog and toad tadpoles had reached adulthood. By restoring the channels leading to the pond and removing some of the vegetation, the pond will now hold water for much longer, being of huge benefit to the breeding amphibians in the spring.
The team have also been working at Anglers Country Park in Wakefield where they have restored yet another pond that did not hold water throughout the year and they have created several more ponds at Derwenthorpe in York. Here, the area is historically very wet on heavy clay soil and the path can often flood during winter due to poor draining of the site. The creation of the new pond should now prevent this happening and make the area suitable for walkers year-round as well as making the site suitable for amphibians to breed.
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