Today we started the work on the re-development of the land behind our house that we were able to buy last year.
We intend to turn the nowadays agricultural land back into nature by digging a large pond and planting trees and shrubs in patches randomly. We won’t turn it into forest as we want it to be a haven for as many animals as possible, so also the birds that love to nest in open fields like lapwings, partridges and godwits. With planting shrubs we hope for the return of Sky larks and Stonechats. The area is surrounded by forest so for those animals that love the forest like roe deer and badger there is already sufficient space.
One of the plans is to dig the pond with a sloping bank on one side, fit for reptiles and amphibians, and a steep sandy bank on the other side, hoping for kingfishers to nest in and maybe even Sand Martins. Also, by digging it this way, it allows the pond to grow (winter) and shrink (summer) without overflowing.
So this morning the first big machine arrived to place a huge culvert in the little stream that seperated the area from our grounds. When that was done, we started planting willows on strategical points (future home for little owls?). Will keep you updated!