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Ponds, plants and wheelbarrow fun!

March 31, 2009

Emma and Adam cleaned a pond today 🙂  These two rookies got more than they bargained for when they met lots of creepy crawlies at Beacon Hill!

Emma wielding the net

Emma wielding the net

To find out who we are and what we found read more

We are two people currently on work experience at Brownsea Island however for today we came to do some conservation work at the nearby Beacon Hill wildlife centre with Steve Davis.

Adam equally at home with a net

Adam equally at home with a net

Firstly we cleaned a pond and Emma almost fell in whilst Adam laughed. We found lots of freaky creatures and Adam got a bit too close to a dragonfly larvae (and was scared) lol.

Dragonfly larvae

Dragonfly larvae

We found many smooth Newts whilst removing the algae from the pond and many other species also.

A male smooth newt

A male smooth newt


Then, wait for it, we did some weeding,and we weeded well whilst weeding 🙂

Adam busy with a rake...

Adam busy with a rake...

Afterwards we cut brambles and put them in the compost heap. Emma however, is incapable of the simple task of carrying soil a few metres to the compost heap , dropping most of it on the ground! Adam didn’t fare much better though and most of it ended up all over the car park!

Oops!  Guess who has been working here!

Oops! Guess who has been working here!

Tomorrow we go back to Brownsea again – squirrels and more squirrels, but at least it’s a change from newts and dragonflies!
10 Comments leave one →
  1. Adam permalink
    March 31, 2009 5:33 pm

    omg were famous!

    luv yu emz 🙂


  2. Emma permalink
    March 31, 2009 5:39 pm

    wooo celebrities! Your skills as a weeder outstand me


  3. Adam permalink
    March 31, 2009 8:29 pm

    ur skills wiv dat rake outstand me 😉


  4. March 31, 2009 9:53 pm

    I’d be scared of that dragonfly creature! 🙂

  5. Chris permalink
    April 1, 2009 7:28 pm

    So do I gather that now is a good time to clean a wildlife pond? I’ve never known for sure and mine is desperately in need of a clean out. What about frogspawn or toadspawn? Or do I assume that as your pond had newts in it there aren’t any frogs or toads?

  6. April 1, 2009 8:44 pm

    Hi Chris,

    No, it’s not a good time to clean out a pond at all – but ours had some quite severe balnket aglae build up that had actually drowned a few newts that got tangled in it so we couldn’t do much other than get in and remove it. Best wait until the autumn..

  7. April 1, 2009 8:44 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I think the dragonfly larva was slightly ruffled as well!

  8. April 1, 2009 8:45 pm

    Hi Adam and Emma,

    Thanks for all your hard work on the day. The place looks a lot better thanks to your efforts!

  9. Adam permalink
    April 5, 2009 9:50 pm

    Hiya Steve!

    Thankyou for a brilliant day at Beacon Hill i really enjoyed it , hope your keeping that pond clean ,else we’ll be coming over to do it again!haha. Hope everythings okay over there.

    Hi Chris ,Abbie,Noel,Joy,AND DALE MY FAVOURITE!!

    Thankyou so much for a brilliant work experience , i could not think of a better place to do it , or any better people to be working with , i would do it a hundred times agin!I only wish i didnt have to go so soon , im going to find it hard to go back to school after such a brilliant time with you guys.I hope everythings okay at the villa and that Harry hasn’t got that little chick yet hha.

    LUV YU GUYS!!!

  10. Emma permalink
    April 9, 2009 6:40 pm

    Hey everyone 🙂

    Ive been sunning it up in spain but i still miss Brownsea and work exp. I had the best time and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who put up with me (and adam and will!) for 2 weeks. I hope all the newts are still okay in the pond, hopefully its abit cleaner now. Working on Brownsea was amazing and I think I learnt alot. I would recommend this as a placement for anyone.
    Thanks again Miss everyone especially Poachy mc stubb nuggets 😉

    Love Emma xxxxxxxxxxx

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