tmp4693The well kept pond at the back of Townfield Lane adjacent to Overwood Avenue. A haven for wild life

Pond excavation over the centuries created a valuable wetland mosaic over much of the North West especially here in Mollington and Backford.

Field ponds were once a vital feature of most farming systems throughout the area but since 1945, as modern agriculture has intensified, the economic need for these small bodies of freshwater has progressively declined.

This loss, together with the removal of other significant features such as hedgerow and woodland, has led, in particular, to an increasingly simplified agricultural landscape in which the protection of wildlife habitat and species has been overtaken by the unyeilding demand to maximise production.

Although the loss of farmland ponds has been fairly well documented, strategies for their conservation and management still remain elusive.