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28 February 2012

Walk beside Pen Ponds

Out in the wilds of Richmond Park there is much more wildlife to be found than just the deer, and Pen Ponds is a great spot to find some of it, rich with wildfowl, it is also a spot for regular sightings of other birds, including buzzards and parakeets.

The lake itself is manmade and divided in two by a causeway, and whilst the Royal Parks record that they were formally dug in 1746, other accounts suggest that they were originally dug as gravel pits as early as the 1600s. Today, we are told that the reedbeds of Pen Ponds are a particularly important habitat for naturalists and ornithologists

For more, see http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond_park/landscape_history.cfm

^Picture © Phillip Jenkins - The Critical Path used under Creative Commons^

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