Take me to the water

“Provide the habitat and the living things will come” has been a truism but now reading Mark Cocker’s Our Place

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a fascinating autopsy of the state of our wildlife does beg the response – ok, if it has somewhere to come from.

However, creating a pond and watching

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it fill with activity

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must be one of the most satisfying experiences ever.

Eighteen months ago it was a hole in the ground

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slowly filling up

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A year ago it was ringed by barren earth

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Two months ago it was frozen over

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Now it could almost be called mature

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Each day another water lily leaf surfaces

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trying to Monet-ise the water

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This pond, known as “The Lake” is pond number three. We inherited two and the water lilies come from a metre diameter tub which is crammed with them and…

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Newts

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Our bees

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come to The Lake to suck water from the moss at the edge

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Meanwhile pond number four awaits development in a completely different place

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