Category Archives: Nature And Wildlife

Hibernation time for Frogs, Newts, Toads and Grass Snakes

  Hibernation time for Frogs, Newts, Toads and Grass Snakes With winter approaching, our Amphibians and Grass Snakes will be getting ready for their winters sleep.  In late summer and early autumn, our British Frogs, Newts, Toads and Grass Snakes … Continue reading

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Water Scorpions

  Water Scorpions Also known by their Latin name (Nepa Cinerea), Water Scorpions are insects that look similar to land Scorpions.  They are dark brown in colour and 3 – 5 cm in length and they certainly are a strange … Continue reading

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Alpine Newts in the UK

  Alpine Newts in the UK Long before my aquatic nursery even existed, I used to visit another aquatic nursery in Newdigate, known throughout my childhood as the Field Station. This wonderful place sold all kinds of Amphibians, Reptiles and … Continue reading

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My First Wildlife Ponds

  My First Wildlife Ponds I have always had a massive interest in wildlife and plants, and by the time I had reached the age of twenty five, I had kept and studied numerous Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Amphibians and … Continue reading

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Memories of Beam Brook Aquatic Farm in Newdigate, Surrey

  Memories of Beam Brook Aquatic Farm in Newdigate, Surrey   During my childhood, I used to frequently visit a very special place called Beam Brook Aquatic Fish Farm.  Also known by locals as The Field Station, this wonderful place … Continue reading

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Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From?

Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From? This is a question I get asked a lot.  Many people are often amazed at just how quick wildlife seems to arrive in their pond as if from nowhere.  So, just where does … Continue reading

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12 Good Reasons to Buy Pond Plants and Water Lilies from us at Lilies Water Gardens

12 Good Reasons to Buy Pond Plants and Water Lilies From us at Lilies Water Gardens             1.) Frost Hardy Pond Plants and Water Lilies NOT Tropical Pond Plants Being Advertised As Frost Hardy! All our pond plants … Continue reading

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Have you ever seen this amount of Frog Spawn?

  Have You Ever Seen This Amount Of Frog Spawn?   Going back in time to around 35 years ago, I had a friend called Tony who had a passion for British Amphibians,  He was so keen and interested in … Continue reading

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The Three-Spined Fresh-water Stickleback

    The Three-Spined Fresh-water Stickleback   If anyone reading this article went pond dipping as a child, you will most likely remember catching Sticklebacks.  Also known by their Latin name Gasterosteus Aculaeatus, these small fish grow to 3-4 cm … Continue reading

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The Demoiselle, Natures Fresh Water Wonder

The Demoiselle, Natures Fresh Water Wonder Introduction My first sighting of a Demoiselle (from the Dragonfly family), was in North Devon whilst walking up a woodland stream.  Female Demoiselle are brown in color and not as easy to spot but the … Continue reading

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