Fresh Water Habitats Testing

Thanks to Isabel for sending me this information, which comes from Hannah Shaw of the Freshwater HabitatsTrust :S1010077 (2)

The Freshwater Habitats Trust are undertaking a new project this year where they would like as many people as possible to participate in the Clean Water for Wildlife Project. It is aimed at community groups and it would be wonderful if any interested members could each test a different waterbody such as a pond in the park, countryside pond, village pond, stream, river, etc local to themselves (but preferably not ornamental garden ponds) so that many different waterbodies are tested for their phosphate and nitrate levels. The trust is hoping to achieve a ‘picture’ of water quality in Wales and find where the clean water is.S1000023 (2)

The trust can supply test kits for use on any ponds or watercourses near to our meadows, and obviously the broader the range of water bodies that can be surveyed, then the more meaningful the results are likely to be.


All information and how to take part is explained on their website at

If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Hannah Shaw

People Ponds and Water Welsh Project Officer
Freshwater Habitats Trust


07703 808523 

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This comes at a particularly appropriate time for us, since last week, thanks to a loaned trail camera, I was able to confirm that it is a visiting otter that is responsible for the annual frog and toad spawning time massacre that takes place beside our lower meadow ponds.S1010019 (2)





Another important issue it might help to address after this shockingly wet winter, is the impact of slurry run off into our streams. Our son, who is a sewage/water civil engineer, told us at Christmas that the 2 most significant causes of freshwater pollution these days were overflowing septic tanks, and agricultural pollution from slurry spreading.S1010079 (2) One has a lot of sympathy for farmers whose tanks may be brimming after few opportunities to spread muck or slurry this winter, but we have witnessed numerous occasions where material is spread onto completely saturated ground – so presumably most of it just runs off into water courses very quickly. We shall certainly be thinking of doing some testing here of both ponds and our upland stream.

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About thegardenimpressionists - Julian and Fiona Wormald

Julian and Fiona Wormald met and married whilst at Cambridge University. Shortly after qualifying we established our own veterinary practice in Bristol which we ran for over 20 years before relocating to West Wales. We have restored our derelict longhouse home and created a garden over the last 27 years, which we now occasionally open for charity, by appointment, for the N.G.S. About 11 years ago we started "The Garden Impressionists" to reflect our current ideas. Our principal gardening influences over the years have included the gardens and writings of Claude Monet, Beth Chatto, Joy Larkom and William Robinson. Incorporating some of their ideas and philosophy into our own garden, alongside our own ideas of what is important for this location and climate, has kept us physically and mentally challenged as the garden has developed.

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