Category Archives: Nature And Wildlife

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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Re-Potting Marginal Pond Plants

  Re-Potting Marginal Pond Plants There are two types of marginal plants, shallow marginal plants and deep water marginal plants.  Shallow marginal plants grow literally at the water edge and require no more than 4 cm of water depth.  The … Continue reading

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Attract Bees and Butterflies to your Water Garden with Succisa Pratensis

Attract Bees And Butterflies To Your Water Garden with Succisa Pratensis   Succisa Pratensis also known as (Devils Bit Scabious), is a UK native deciduous perennial.  It’s natural growing habitats include damp meadows, marshes and along river banks, however, the … Continue reading

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Potentilla Palustris for attracting Bees to your Wildlife Pond

Potentilla Palustris For Attracting Bees To Your Wildlife Pond   This is going to be a short article but an informative guide to one of Britain’s prettiest native pond and wetland plants.  Potentilla Palustris, also known as (Purple Wort), (Purple … Continue reading

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Soleirolia Soleirolii (Mind-Your-Own-Business) for Ponds and Water Gardens

Soleirolia Soleirolii (Mind-Your-Own-Business) for Pond and Water Gardens Also often listed as Helxine Soleirolii, though mostly known under the common name Mind-Your-Own-Business, this very versatile moisture loving plant grows happy in sun, partial and/or full shade and has many other … Continue reading

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