I spent some time clearing up the pond this weekend. The pond was getting a bit overgrown (as seen on the pond timeline). It was fairly chilly work but it’s the best time to clear out the excess weed from the pond as the animals and plants haven’t really got going yet. As a result the effect of removing the weed has the lowest impact on other things.
Despite the cold weather, and it being early in the year, I still found a few damselfly larvae and also an adult Smooth newt (Triturus vulgaris):