A new pond is to be built on the former Brighton golf course

A new pond will be created to promote biodiversity.

It will be built on the former Waterhall golf course on the outskirts of Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s Cityparks team were commissioned to create the pond.

It will be a dew pond, a shallow pool built on hills where surface drainage is inadequate.

The pilot received a £25,000 grant from the Council’s Carbon Neutral Fund in October.

The Argus: Waterhall where the new pond will be createdWaterhall where the new pond will be created (Image: The Voice of Hassocks)

According to the council, the new pond will help increase biodiversity and provide an important freshwater link between the council’s Downland Estate and the wider South Downs National Park.

“Since 1970, the population of freshwater species has plummeted by 84 percent. This alarming statistic means we need to take action to protect and care for wetland habitats,” said Jamie Lloyd, senior councilor for biodiversity for Brighton and Hove.

“Dew ponds are part of the history of the South Downs and the creation of a new pond will have many benefits. They are nature’s unsung heroes and are at the forefront of climate action, supporting wildlife and capturing harmful emissions.”

The Argus: A dew pond at Chactonbury RingA dew pond at Chactonbury Ring (Image: Stephen Dawson)

It is estimated that 39 per cent of the dew ponds in the South Downs region have been lost and many more are no longer visible in the landscape.

The pond also offers children the opportunity to discover the wildlife that lives beneath its surface.

Dew ponds attract migratory birds, thirsty mammals and breeding frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies in spring.

They can be hotspots for many species of wildlife and plants that rely on wetlands, and they provide stepping stones for species as they move through the landscape.

“Having a network of dew ponds on our doorstep will be a fantastic opportunity to educate the next generation about the positive impact of taking action on climate change and protecting biodiversity,” said Cllr Lloyd.

“The Council is proud to be part of a network of local organizations and community groups working together to expand this freshwater life support system in the South Downs.”

The pond is created by rangers in winter and spring to allow it to fill with natural rainwater.

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