English ponds for dragonflies and birds

This video from England is called Golden Plovers, Devon, October, 2007.

From Wildlife Extra:

Forestry Commission create 100 wildlife ponds in Kielder Forest

August 2008. More than 100 ponds have now been built in 62,000-hectare (155,000-acre) Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland, as part of a push to broaden wildlife habitats. The work has been completed over three decades, providing a boost to wildlife.

Rare dragonflies

Two ponds have already been rated as of outstanding conservation value for having more than nine species of dragonfly, including the Lesser Emperor, a rarity, and the Southern Hawker [see also here]. One of these prime locations is Bellcrag Flow, near Wark, part of the Border Mires Restoration Project.

Earlier this year experts also made Northumberland’s first ever breeding record of the Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly in forest ponds near Wark. The creature generally prefers southern climes, but seems to have found a niche in the north thanks to the habitat creation project. …

A range of ponds have been sculpted with various depths and profiles, meeting the diverse needs of aquatic plants and animals. Most of the work has been done with excavators, but at Kielderhead National Nature Reserve, explosive charges were used to blast water-filled peaty craters for use by wading birds like Golden plover and Dunlin.

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