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Bringing “Ghost Ponds” back to life

Carl and Helen find long-lived seed bank

Bringing “Ghost Ponds” back to life

As part of the Norfolk Ponds Project, on 15th February Dr Carl Sayer and PhD researcher Helen Greaves supervised the restoration of a “Ghost Pond” on the North Norfolk Coast.

The Pond, filled in during the 1980s and ploughed over, was still obvious as a pale crop mark. In a matter of a few hours careful excavation found the base of the old pond and, as we write, it is filling with water and coming back to life.

Emily Alderton’s PhD research has shown that in-filled Ghost Ponds preserve a long-lived seed bank. This can supply living plants to a pond from seeds buried centuries earlier – time capsules that keep ponds alive, despite human beings best efforts at destruction!



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