The Scrapes - Seasonal Ponds

The Goat Walk Land is largely flat and close to river level. The area near the main gate onto Bowling Green Road was prone to flooding in the winter.

To improve drainage and habitat diversity, the Trust had two scrapes (or seasonal ponds) dug. These both help to improve drainage in the lower parts of the fields and provide a habitat for plants requiring damp conditions and for animals, such as frogs, which require water for part of the year.

Marking out the positions of the scrapes with rope prior to the contractor arriving to dig them.

After the scrapes had been dug, as well as drains, volunteers finished profiling the edges of the new scrapes by hand.

The newly finished scrapes.