Whether large or small, ponds can be found within practically every habitat within the National Park. Farm ponds, ponds in woodland clearings, garden ponds and upland pools, all are home to an array of insects, plants and amphibians.
Ponds are an important part of our landscape and are critical for many species. Insect such as Dragonflies and Mayflies are dependant on ponds as their larvae are entirely aquatic. Each species may favour a different type of pond and so havings lots scattered across the land is vital so that each species can find a pond suited to its needs. Ponds are also essential for all amphibians that also need to ponds for breeding. Other animals like badgers will visit a pond to drink, while grass snakes are excellent swimmers and hunt frogs and newts amongst the waterplants.
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