Wildlife

Wildlife at Sugar Mill Ponds The Sugar Mill Ponds is home to a rich variety of plants, animals, birds and insects. Much of the surrounding area is intensively farmed and this coupled with the fact that ponds are becoming rarer in the countryside, makes the Sugar Mill Ponds very much an ‘oasis’ for wildlife.

 

Over 70 species of birds have been spotted at the site ranging from wrens to whitethroats, blackcaps to barn owls and redwings to reed buntings. Also let’s not forget our resident great crested grebes, herons, ducks and of course our pair of beautiful mute swans.

 

If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of kingfisher, grass snake, bank vole, dragonflies, or hear the cuckoo in spring as you walk around. Early summer evenings are also a good time to visit the Ponds for seeing bats (4 species), or for hearing the blood-curdling screech of a barn owl.

 

Much of the site is carpeted with the blue of speedwells and forget-me-nots through the spring and early summer with campions and giant teasels coming on later. Whatever the time of year you’re bound to encounter an abundance of wildlife at the Sugar Mill Ponds – who knows, if you’re really lucky you may even spot the wild man of the ponds also know as the warden!

 

A selection of recent photos taken by Anne Howard Webb

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Due to social Distancing measures put in place by the government we are aware that people are using the ponds to access their daily exercise which is lovely to see the ponds being visited by everyone in the community. To make sure we keep this a safe area that can be continued to be used, the ponds are now NOT accessible by car, only by foot. Please DO NOT travel to the ponds by any vehicle as the gates are now closed until further notice. Access is for walkers only.
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Due to social Distancing measures put in place by the government we are aware that people are using the ponds to access their daily exercise which is lovely to see the ponds being visited by everyone in the community. To make sure we keep this a safe area that can be continued to be used, the ponds are now NOT accessible by car, only by foot. Please DO NOT travel to the ponds by any vehicle as the gates are now closed until further notice. Access is for walkers only. 
We thank you for your cooperation and hope you all stay safe
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