Norfolk has more ponds than any other English county with over 23,000 ponds present. These include farm ponds, village ponds, moats, medieval fish ponds and ancient pingo ponds.
In North Norfolk many farmland ponds have their origin as 17th-19th century marl pits used to provide lime-rich clay to improve soils for crops, while the pits of South Norfolk provided clay for traditional buildings. As the pits filled with water, they were used for a range of other purposes on farms and in villages: livestock watering, fishing and the cooling of early agricultural machinery.
Over the last 50 years, many Norfolk ponds have suffered neglect or even been filled in, often as a result of changes in farming practices. Today our ponds are threatened by the widespread encroachment of trees and bushes, pollution and invasive species.
We offer an initial session with you to discuss your personal objectives and requirements for your site. Following on from this, we will provide a quotation for producing a detailed proposal for your site which may include some of the following areas:
- A detailed management plan for the site
- Detailed work plans indicating how long the work will take and when
- Financial budgets for the work involved
- Plans for organising and delivering the site management work
- Contractor management considerations
- Site risk assessments
- Seasonal considerations
- Public consultations (information sessions for public awareness)
- Invasive non-native plant management
- Tree, scrub and mud removal
- Arranging ecological surveys and volunteer training.