Preston Village Pond

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Preston Parish Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 93


    The village pond in Preston, Rutland, lies along the busy A6003 between Uppingham and Oakham. It is believed to be fed by a natural spring with an overflow pipe running beneath the road. The surrounding trees overhanging the pond have grown to reduce the light reaching the pond and are adding leaf litter which has resulted in the pond partially silting up. The parish council is intending to carry out a full refurbishment in 2019 in order to restore the pond, both as a wildlife habitat and as an attractive amenity for local people. A small grassy area lies to the north of the pond, dominated by a large Horse Chestnut tree.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The pond supports a good variety of aquatic invertebrates, including water beetles, crustaceans and numerous dipteran larvae. The silting of the pond appears to have limited the opportunity for submerged plants which may account for the apparent absence of amphibians. Marginal vegetation includes Yellow Flag Iris and Greater Pond Sedge. The adjacent grassland area is dominated by nutrient-loving plants such as Ground Elder and Cow Parsley and also supports numerous trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn and Hazel as well as the larger trees of Horse Chestnut and Sycamore. A good population of the snail Oxychilis navarricus is to be found under woody and other debris around the site. Also of note is the tiny (2mm) grass snail, Vallonia sp.

    Latest News

    Plans have been made to refurbish the pond in late 2019 to remove much of the accumulated silt and some of the trees that currently cast much shade over the pond.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum04/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra04/04/2019
    BeetlesHydroporus palustris04/04/2019
    BeetlesHygrotus inaequalis04/04/2019
    BeetlesHyphydrus ovatus04/04/2019
    BeetlesLeistus fulvibarbis04/04/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo13/12/2014
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus04/04/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus04/04/2019
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula04/04/2019
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs04/04/2019
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus04/04/2019
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus10/06/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major04/04/2019
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita04/04/2019
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes04/04/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula04/04/2019
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos04/04/2019
    BugsCommon BackswimmerNotonecta glauca04/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesBlunt-tailed Snake MillipedeCylindroiulus punctatus04/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus03/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesPolydesmus coriaceus04/04/2019
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica04/04/2019
    FungiCommon Grey DiscoMollisia cinerea04/04/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia04/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca flavescens04/04/2019
    LichensLecanora campestris04/04/2019
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata04/04/2019
    LichensPhyscia tenella04/04/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina04/04/2019