Pondemonium event set to make a splash at Arundel Wetland Centre

There will be all sorts of wildlife at the event
There will be all sorts of wildlife at the event

Sussex Day is June 16 and Arundel Wetland Centre is celebrating Sussex’s smaller wildlife with a Pondemonium event.

The focus is on water and pond life this Saturday from amphibians to insects.

Pondemonium activities includes pond dipping sessions for children and one for the adults too!

Families will enjoy the wetland busker roaming the reserve and the rolling pond trolley with hands-on activities.

Adults will enjoy special talks on the UK toads and how to make a wildlife pond at home. You can enter the draw to try to win a lifepond – perfect for smaller gardens or patios, with no digging required!

One of the day’s highlights is a walk with reserve manager Paul Stevens to see the ephemeral pools habitat constructed during 2017 flood resilence project at Arundel Wetland Centre.

This new habitat was created with a grant of £60,000 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company, as part of the landfill communities fund.

The grant enabled the Arundel Wetland Centre to create a series of new wetland pools, wildflower-rich grassland, and chalk banks and helped restore ditches around the reserve. This work has support many wetland animals and plants – the rare grizzled skipper butterfly, dragon and damselflies, grass snakes and amphibians such as the common toad.

Paul Stevens, reserve manager at Arundel Wetland Centre said: “We are seeing movement of toadlets beginning to emerge from damp areas on the reserve this week, getting ready to spread out and leave the reserve to mature.

“If we get a good rain overnight on Saturday we could have an explosion of toadlets from the ponds and it will be pondemonium!”

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre cares for over 40 species of rare wildfowl from around the world in their living collection.

The centre also has eight wildlife hides to watch British wildlife from, a SSSI reedbed which is one of the largest in Sussex and runs guided wetland discovery boat safaris through wetland habitats.

Arundel Wetland Centre is open seven days a week from 9.30am-5.30pm, located at BN18 9PB.

Visit wwt.org.uk/arundel for more information.