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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 7th December, 2021)

Newt's New Home

Newt's New Home
A new pond is being created beside The Line in Standish as part of the new housing development. Newts are known to live in the area, and attempts were made to trap them and remove them off the site before the machines moved in (see P-a-D 9/1//21).

Photo: David Long  (iPhone)
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Comment by: DTease on 7th December 2021 at 09:32

That site looks a bit like my garden does at present.
I don’t think there are any newts in it though….maybe a crocodile or two lurking in the undergrowth. Next doors cat as been missing for a week now.

Comment by: Mick on 7th December 2021 at 10:47

Did you have to climb a tree to get that shot Rev.

Comment by: Veronica on 7th December 2021 at 12:42

They must be very caring people in Standish to worry about the newts having a new home. I must remember that if I ever get the urge to flit again.

Comment by: e on 7th December 2021 at 13:50

The parting sky brought in the light ,
The gloom was lifted from cloudy to bright ,
The heavens rang open with the smile of the sun ,
as our hearts and our spirit were joined into one .
The warmth in our bodies turned melt into glow ,
from our feet to our headset , the music will flow ,
Now for the future and all it will bring,
the stage curtains open , get ready and sing ..

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th December 2021 at 14:11

I don't think it's entirely for the benefit of the newts, Veronica. There is a thick layer of clay under the surface soil hereabouts - so gardens get sodden quite quickly when it rains. I think the pond is intended to act as a sump to draw surface water down to a lower level - there is a drain just left of centre, with a pipe running to one of the rainwater reservoirs sunk around the site.
Mick - yes, it does look as if it was taken from a height - but I just shot it with my iPhone poking over the top of the fencing round the site.

Comment by: Mick on 7th December 2021 at 15:40

Thanks Rev, having a pond on a housing estate is a good selling point and will attract more wildlife.

Comment by: Kim on 7th December 2021 at 16:52

Mick,you do talk some bobbins !

Comment by: Dave on 7th December 2021 at 18:01

Sad how the term ‘ housing estate ‘ is used , kind of scoffed at , like one of a many , whilst a Village or the established can never be questioned or doubted . Steadfast and more ? A throw up elsewhere , but not near me !

Comment by: Maureen on 8th December 2021 at 08:40

He's the original village idiot.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 8th December 2021 at 10:24

Once upon a time, I remember signing a petition to save the habitat of the great crested newts in a couple of small ponds behind Pepper Lane/Malvern Street, that were to be drained, filled in and built upon. Kid's played over there and it was a great walk for dog owners. The petition worked and delayed the building for about 25 years. I think a couple of gallons of red diesel sped up the process though. Generally Veronica, Standish people are caring, but unfortunately, money talks.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th December 2021 at 10:56

Too true Standisher... I agree it happens everywhere. The way things are no pretty village or town will escape more and more buildings. It's a fact of life.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 8th December 2021 at 11:41

The sad and ironic thing about it Veronica, is that the very reason people wanted to live in Standish has been developed out of it by making more accommodation for people to come and live there. Does that make sense ?

Comment by: Veronica on 8th December 2021 at 16:53

Yes it does make sense Standisher.
People want to live in a lovely village or town, but so do many others. Then the town changes beyond recognition, losing the character and the open spaces. It's happening where I live now and has been over the last 30 years! It was like walking back in time when I first came living in W/H. Nothing stays the same.....

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 8th December 2021 at 20:23

That's so true Veronica

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