SP9713 : Woodland Pond near the Monument

taken 10 years ago, near to Aldbury, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Woodland Pond near the Monument
Woodland Pond near the Monument
The flat top of the Chilterns has no natural springs and when the area was farmed dew ponds would have been constructed to provide drinking water for livestock. This pond on Pitstone Common survives in the woods close to the monument and is undoubtedly used by the wild life.

See also SP9713 : Eastern Pond near the Monument, Ashridge.
The Large Pond by the Bridgewater Monument, Ashridge
This pond is only a few yards away from the Monument Green and is regularly visited by school groups.
A series of pictures are being taken to show how it changes over the year – and the plants that grow round its margins.
Dew Ponds in the Chilterns
The Chiltern Hills are formed from chalk and tend to have a flat top, so natural surface water is rare. To provide water for grazing animals a series of round shallow ponds were created. Some still hold water while others have dried out, but may still have a damp bottom. Often all that can be seen is a characteristic circular depression in what is now woodland.
Wikipedia provides a fuller description of dew ponds and some useful links. LinkExternal link
The Ashridge National Trust Estate
The Ashridge Estate covers a wide area of the Chiltern Hills on the Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire border, which provides open access to large woods and open grassland. There are many footpaths and bridleways - including part of the Ridgeway – and wonderful opportunities to observe wild life – including deer.
The Estate Office, Visitor Centre and Café are close to the Bridgewater Monument on Moneybury Hill, above the village of Aldbury.
The NT Ashridge web site: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 March, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 972 131 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.4961N 0:35.4501W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 972 131
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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