Martin’s Pond, Wollaton, Nottingham Local Nature Reserve, Nottingham City Council
Nature Reserve – information board The key shows this blue area is open water The key shows this is marsh This is woodland The yellow area around the perimeter is grassland This is a “boardwalk” provided for visitors The site of the info board
The open water This is the view from the eastern bank. The open water provides a habitat for birds (mallard, moorhens, tufted duck, swan) and fish Around the margins is the swamp/marsh community. These plants are adapted to the conditions, with their roots in water. They provide shelter for the fauna of the pond.
The swamp/marsh community There is high bio-diversity on the margin of the pond:
The swamp/marsh community on the west side of the pond The Boardwalk allows people to walk out over the marsh to view wildlife and ecosystems, this was renewed in 2003-4 at a cost of £8,000 Here the swamp has been colonised by a wide variety of plants At the same time as the boardwalk was rebuilt 100 sq metres of reeds and 300 sq metres of willow were removed. The reeds were cleared by a specialist contractor at a cost of £3,500
The woodland island Here we can see the island covered in dense woodland. To the west of the island is the boardwalk and to the east is the open water
Northern boundary of the reserve In the north the path is shaded by attractive woodland with a high diversity of ground cover plants.
Looking north – from near the information board