SP8600 : Information Board at Sheepwash Pond, Prestwood (2)

taken 2 years ago, near to Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Information Board at Sheepwash Pond, Prestwood (2)
Information Board at Sheepwash Pond, Prestwood (2)
This photo shows a close-up view of the information board by the sheepwash pond in Honor End Lane. It has the following wording:

Welcome to Sheepwash
Left Column
Sheepwash is an ancient pond; at one time the largest of several on the old
Prestwood Common.
It sits alongside an old drovers road and was used as a watering place for
sheep on the way to market.
Ponds like this were also used for washing sheep before shearing or selling at
market. The sheep were immersed in the water to remove dirt and oils in the
wool. Clean sheep commanded higher prices and the fleeces had to be washed
before they could be combed and spun by home weavers.
Early in the twentieth century the pond fell out of use and became sadly
neglected.
In 2007, Prestwood Nature volunteers restored the pond and installed the
dipping platform and picnic table.

The photos in the left column show:
i) Sheepwash before restoration
ii) Replanting the banks after digging out and removing overhanging
vegetation.

Right Column
Today, Sheepwash is maintained by volunteers from Prestwood Nature as a
wildlife habitat which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
These are some of the things you may see here.
i) Common Blue Damselfly
ii) Red Kite
iii) Common Reed
iv) Purple Loosestrife
v) Marsh Marigold
vi) Gorse
vii) Peacock Butterfly
viii) Palmate Newt
ix) Common Frog

At the right hand side of the board, there is a photo and description of a
Nuthatch, the wording as below:
A small. plump bird about the size of a great tit.
It has blue-grey wings, a black stripe on its head, a long black pointed bill
and short legs.
The nuthatch breeds in this area and can often be seen clinging to the sides
of trees.
They eat small insects and various nuts and seeds.
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Date Taken
Monday, 27 May, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 19 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Prestwood 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8676 0091 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:42.0143N 0:44.7594W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8678 0090
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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