The TV Wild Green Places project has secured funding from Natural England to improve four of the ponds in Maidendale Nature Reserve.
The Maidendale reserve is situated on the south-eastern edge of Darlington. The site was established in 2002 from former agricultural land. One of the ponds is an old farm pond, but the two large lakes and a complex of 20 small ponds have all been created in 2002. The site was designated as a Local Wildlife Site due to its rich fauna of dragon and damselflies and amphibians. All five nature species of amphibians breed on the site, there is a population of great crested newt and an assemblage of 12 species of dragon and damselfly are recorded as breeding on site. This is remarkable given the age of the site, demonstrating how quickly ponds can flourish, when they are well designed are colonised.
However due to successional changes more recent surveys by members of the Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists have revealed that the pond are providing a less favourable habitat for dragon and damsel flies and amphibians.
The grant money, which is matched by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable four of the smaller ponds on the nature reserve are being reshaped and profiled (week starting 14 December 2015). This is being done to prevent them from drying out.
NY Construction will be carrying out the physical works. They are specialist contractors who have a wealth of experience of working on wildlife ponds in nature conservation sites.
For more information, contact the TV Wild Green Places team. Maidendale pond flyer December 2015 (pdf)