Ice ponds and conservation

With the temperature plummeting recently , it is not surprising that the ponds at heathfield are frozen. The ducks may have problems accessing their house unless they get their skates on! In fact the house was abandoned after the summer so no harm done to their young.

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Frozen duck house

Similarly the pond at Bramley bank , situated just below heathfield is also frozen. It is the largest natural woodland pond in Croydon. The resident heron was not at home having to fly further afield for food.

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Pond at Bramley Bank

Bramley Bank is managed by the Wildlife Trust and assisted by their teams of volunteers, family and friends they  were out coppicing, clearing the woodland path of encroaching trees and overhanging branches. They have also been clearing the middle of the wood to allow more natural light to reach the wood floor enabling future fauna and flora to flourish in the spring.

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coppicing by the Woodland Trust

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On my return to Heathfield I noticed that the herdwick sheep, Sam and Ben were out in the orchard despite the weather. Herdwick sheep hail from Cumbria so are used to harsher winters. Can you tell who was cheeky enough to stick his nose through the gated bars at the entrance? No it wasn’t me!

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Mystery sheep

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yes it is Sam

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