pond needs your help!
It is strange, the instinctual human desire to
throw things into water. Here at Bradmore Green Pond there
is daily evidence. The most popular items are plastic drink
bottles, cans and food packaging. In summer, residents can
be seen dumping unwanted creatures from their omamental
ponds that do not belong in our Pond since, apart from the
frogs, they are not indigenous. We have found terrapins,
goldﬁsh, koi carp, frogs and frog spawn. Since these
are brought in water, alien water plants are inadvertently
thrown into our Pond with the creatures, hence the
strangling carpet of New Zealand crassula that has to be
The latest dump is a Muscovy
duck and eight hybrid mallards, presumably unwanted from
some local garden. The mallards are interfering with our
resident ducks and are trying to kidnap the females. At ﬁrst
the mallards did not ﬂy indicating that probably
their wings had been clipped to prevent their escaping. Male
Muscovy ducks are apparently too heavy for their wings and
cannot ﬂy far, although this one is seen regularly
exercising its wings and ﬂying across the Pond.
these visitors are giving a lot of pleasure to local
children who regularly feed them and are beneﬁting
from the friendliness of these new birds, some of our
residents are concerned for the future of such fearlessness.
Their worries are that the Muscovy could be attacked by
foxes or, worse, end up as someone’s dinner. The
Friends of Bradmore Green Pond are in contact with wild life
centres to try to arrange for the Muscovy, at least, to be
news on our Pond and the ducks can be found in the Croydon
Advertiser Friday 12th April edition and online.
Pond in October 2011
Moorhens at home
The ducks among the water lilies
of Bradmore Green Pond is
a group formed in 2005 by local residents concerned about
the pond's deterioration. Their job is to raise awareness of
the state of the pond, lobby the Council to do more for its
upkeep (they are responsible for it after all), seek
professional help to maintain and clear the pond, and to
take part in working parties that actively (we're talking
wellies and waders here!) help clear the pond too, if
you would like to join the group, please contact Cllr.
Chris Wright Telephone 01737
555581 or Email email@example.com.