As glorious as this summer has been so far, wildlife are starting to feel the pinch from weeks of warm weather and lack of rainfall. We are now in full drought conditions and some ponds such as the South Inch are starting to shrink.
It is not as simple as adding water to the pond as the chlorine in tap water would be harmful to birds in the long term resulting in less insects and plants for them to eat. We are monitoring the water levels in the South Inch pond and other water courses with advice from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
This photo shows young moorhen practicing their balancing on the beam this afternoon at the South Inch.