Turner’s Field pond, then and now

Turner's Field pond, February 2019

The pond at the top end of Turner’s Field in the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve recently. The water level lowered, and all the willows around and in the pond felled, reduced to logs or wood chips. For comparison, this is what the pond looked like from roughly the same spot back in February 2014.

Turner's Field pond

Presumably related to the work to develop housing on the nearby site, formerly the location of the local authority plant nursery. Apart from the destruction of a fine set of mature trees, the pond has been reported in the past, IIRC, as a location where newts spawn.