The pond at Fuller’s Hill Cottages, Little Gransden, is situated between the airfield and the apartments and is a growing natural habitat that is nurtured by both Mark and Cathy.
A small group of baby Gold Finches are nesting in a bush close to the pond as can be seen in the photo. The RSPB says “The chaffinch is the UK’s second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK’s finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It does not feed openly on bird feeders – it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You’ll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.”
The pond is also home to tadpoles, goldfish, water iris, bull rushes, reeds and duckweed.
Pond dipping can be fascinating for kids. Insects, water bugs, birds and other wildlife can be in abundance and waiting for the eager eyes of a child to explore and wonder at nature. Just a net and a magnifying glass can help you to see the unassuming water world just a stone throw away.
By the way, ponds can be deep, so take great care and never go alone! It’s best to go with an adult to help you.
We have some activities that some children may enjoy, please just ask Jenny for more details on 07544 208959 when you come and stay with your family. Please also ask for some food for the geese. If you can find them! They can sometimes be seen on the pond or walking across the farm.