A couple of weeks ago we had a very good visit from Jake and Vickii from the Wilderness Foundation. Dialogue was two way; an introduction to our farms, showing their day to day working, and how we have been able to manage them for biodiversity.
As with all visits it is good to get feedback on what we have done, what we are doing and what we can maybe tweak.
As a result I have taken to clearing the weed (a plant where it is not wanted) from the top pond at Chishill.
Last year at this time the pond had dried to little more than mud.
This appeared to be the opportunity this plant needed to get established as it roots in the soil.
As water levels have gone up and up to normal levels and gone up and up as it has continued to rain (and snow) the plant has maintained its head out of the water and spread to cover all but the most shaded areas.
Most of the weed was raked on to the banks.
By placing it near the pond edge any pond life would have the best chance to get back to the water.
I have left a small area of weed in an enclosed part of the pond. It was bad as it prevented light getting to the pond, but as with so many things in life it is about the balance and some cover is good.