Spring is in the air - time for a walk
Our little ducks are just amazing. Throughout springtime, new batches of fuzzy little duckings keep emerging from the Bulrush with there mum leading the way. Its the ducklings that are the most popular with the kids. Its easy to see why.
Our local pond is looked after by an organisation called DEEP and the local council. Between the two, we have seen so much work being done to improve the pond and surrounding areas.
Nature is by far the biggest influence on me when it comes to aquascaping also. I am constantly looking along the banks or bottom of trees for rock and root formations. Its often by doing this that I come across a lot of the stones I use in my aquarium. This root formations is something I would love to use in a massive aquarium.
- dead branches
- leaf litter
If your looking to keep the cost of fishkeeping down, visiting your local woods or ponds is a must. Its also a nice way of introducing the kids to fishkeepng. Kids love collecting stones and sticks so why not get them collecting for your aquarium?
At springtime, the thinks I like to collect are stones and branches. with the wind through the winter months blowing of lots of branches, its the perfect time to collect. The branches will have had lots of time to dry up and ready itself for your next aquascape.
Being a fishkeeper, I'm always fascinated with what lives in the pond. Ive seen sticklebacks and minnows but I always wonder what else is in there.
Believe it or not, in all the days I've spend kneeling down at the side of the pond, staring into the water, I've never seen a tadpole or even frog spawn.
The Lanthorn Pond in Livingston is very much enjoyed all year round by the whole community. It is a place where the kids go on adventures and adults walk their dogs. When I go walking round the pond, I almost forget I'm right in the middle of Livingston. This is the same all year round but springtime is by far the best and for me. Full of the promise of new life and warmer weather.
Thanks for reading about my local pond. If you have a pond locally, use it, enjoy it and look after it. The Lanthorn Pond in Dedridge, Livingson has recently been transformed by the organisation Dedridge Environment Ecology Project or (DEEP) who really have worked extremely hard to clean up the pond. Without the support of this organisation, our pond wouldn't be the same.
|The Lanthorn Pond, Dedridge, Livingston