Dipping pools for watering cans; rain puddles for skippy kids; placid baptismal ponds and secretive river pools where the best trout lie; flood meadows and out-of-the-earth springs; dew ponds, windpools and kettles.
Some parishes are more ‘pondy’ than others. Lower lying hamlets with a predominantly ‘clayey’ soil will support more ponds than their rockier, upland neighbours. But, as our wonderful HART (Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team) points out, we’ve some other ponds to preserve: kettles.
Kettles, kettle holes (call them what you will – Wikipedia adds the term potholes) are glacial remnants. And Herefordshire has inherited a load of them.
HART, which launched the Pooling Together project to revive ponds in north east Herefordshire, is working it’s way through another project – to conserve some of the county’s kettles. (Check it out at http://www.herefordhart.org.uk).
Here’s their Herefordshire kettle map (red stars and circles indicate some of the local ones).