Brimstone Pond Project

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The original pond site




Congleton & District Conservation Volunteers were awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Breathing Spaces programme to restore two wildlife ponds at Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve.

 

At the end of April 2009 diggers moved into the south west corner of the Nature Reserve to excavate the ponds.  The site, a former sand pit, had silted up over time and only held water during very wet periods.  The new ponds will be a permanent attraction for wildlife attracting a range of amphibian and invertebrate life.  The pond will also be used for educational purposes including pond dipping sessions with school groups.  This was the culmination of twelve months of planning following the award of the grant.

 

Over the following few months a path and viewing area were created to provide access for visitors.  The group have adopted the area and over the next few years will seed and plant the area with wild flowers and native trees and shrubs and maintain it to further improve biodiversity.

We have named the pond the "Brimstone Pond" in keeping with the Brimstone trail that runs through the Brereton Country Park.

 


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