Thursday, 17 February 2011
Click here to go to the clip if the above video link isn't working.
Many of us have been enjoying Carol Klein's Life in a Cottage Garden recently and will now be wondering when the next intelligent garden TV programme will be gracing our screens. Sadly it won't be series 2 of the award winning Landscape Man as Channel 4 have dropped the series.
Matthew Wilson recently posted the above snippet on YouTube to show us exactly what we'll be missing. They may be dealing with a large pond, but this clip is packed with information for anyone considering putting a pond in their garden - large or small - or wondering how to improve an existing one.
It also reminded me of happy times as a freshwater biologist spending my lunchtimes amongst the meadowsweet and water mint at the Water Research Centre's* SSSI in Medmenham. However, I'm rather worried Matthew seems to have found the pair of waders I threw out last year because the rubber had perished ;)
*= Sadly this has since closed and the WRc is just based in Swindon today. I spent an idyllic 6 months there (at Medmenham not Swindon!) working on my MSc thesis in the summer of 1994. It was a most amazing place to work: it was situated next to the river Thames, had a SSSI on site (because of the rare Loddon Lily), plus allotments available for employees.
We regularly went on bird walks at lunchtimes to provide data for a RSPB observation project and there were trips into the beech woods of the nearby Chilterns to go orchid surveying or walking before going to the pub on Fridays. My actual work was fish surveying (salmon and trout) which involved weeks of fieldwork interspersed with lots of time spent in the fisheries lab with Radio 1 for company. At least I had my dream job for 6 months: some people never have theirs.
PS The video mentions HabitatAid, so I've added a link to Nick's blog so you can check him out :)