Updated 13 Jun 2013
The "Scrape" is a shallow pond 8.5m x 3.3m holding about 7,000 litres
of water. It is placed next to the Nursery and close to the
Well. Often above groundwater and potentially losing
water by leakage, it has a double liner and is filled from the Well when
evaporation or transpiration lowers the water level below 25 cms.
First dug and filled in 2006, by 2009 it sported grass and
flowers, dragonflies, minnows, newts, diving beetles and frogs.
See an earlier description of the Scrape
The scrape 3 years old, with plastic heron, 3 plastic mallards, ragged robin, cotton grass and other flowers.
Rosie puddling in cold weather.
Cutting sods from side and puddling.
Replacing 131 sods to hold down new liner, and starting to fill.
The scrape after 5 months
08 Jun. Cut the grass
on 3 sides of the
06 Jun. Made
a skimmer to skim skin off
scrape surface. Put about 1,000 litres of water
scrape, as weather is dry.
Empty dragonfly nymph case found in
(scrape was only built Feb 06, so nymph must have
been trasferred from Well).
28 May. After 42mm rain in 2 days, river rising
risen 4 cms.
scrape full at 29 cms.
Found snails, tadpoles, nymphs and newts, all put in
16 Apr. Put up a pair of (real) Mallards on the
03 Apr. Nearly backed car into
scrape, so erected a corner post.
09 Mar. Tadpoles hatching in the
23 Feb. Gravelled some muddy areas
21 Feb. Saw 5 more newts in
20 Feb. Collected frogspawn from Pamphill and put
it in our
we also saw a newt.
5 Feb. Filled the
scrape for the first time in 2 months.
27 Nov. The Plantation is very soggy,
scrape water is brown not clear,
every oak stands in a little pond.
09 Nov. Moved a large pink
Lewissian Gneiss to middle of
08 Nov. Transferred 5 large and
5 small Lewissian Gneiss
beach boulders from corner of
scrape (where they could not be seen) to
07 Nov. Rope in
scrape removed, divided, refixed with screweyes. Now
looks neat, like rope around rectangular boxing ring.
Rosie sieved a lot of topsoil, while I added two ropes to
29 Oct. Sat
scrape, I had 3 red dragonflies on my right knee
at the same time!
20 Oct. Completed building the seat by the
scrape, materials paid for by
Stuart Flint of Wirksworth. Red dragonfly beat me being the first to sit
18 Oct. Using 6" Auger, drilled two 60 cm holes by
side of scrape for seat
legs. Hard work, tips: lubricate well with water, use many small bites,
deposit direct in wheelbarrow.
17 Oct. Bought window board from B+Q for a seat by
scrape, and treated it
with Cuprinol. Bought 10 small fence posts and 1 large post at SCATS and
took to Plantation.
12 Oct. Started drilling borehole next to
scrape with 6" auger. Hard work,
got down to 90 cms, through soil and clay, to where gravel starts.
04 Oct. Ordered posthole auger to try and dig a borehole to supply the
scrape with water.
18 Sep. Cleared the
scrape of blanket weed and uncovered dozens of
water-boatmen and a couple of dragonfly nymphs. Got new bat detector and
earphones working and discovered a loud singing at 26kHz located in well
spoilheap grass which must have been grasshoppers.
15 Sep. scrape full due to thundery rain on 9th Sep
(29 mm in last 7 days).
07 Sep. Topped up
scrape and bath.
26 Aug. Rosie pulled up orache round
10 Aug. Erected Gazebo over bench and table by scrape.
08 Aug. Ordered a bat detector as the scrape, pond, river, fields and
plantation are swarming with insects.
05 Aug. I took 3 large logs
for use by the
scrape, and to count the rings.
27 Jul. Terribly hot. Topped up
scrape and bath. Used cultivator hoe to
get rid of a lot of hornwort in the pond. Watched dragonflies patrolling
and laying in the sunshine.
21 Jul. Finished building fixed seat and moveable
table at W end of scrape.
scrape needs 250 litres of water per day,
most of this is lost by evaporation during heat of the day.
12 Jul. Dragonflies and damselflies patrolling and
laying in the
scrape, most delightful sight.
06 Jul. Placed 35 baskets with earth and water
plants around edge of scrape.
02 Jul. Fished river for small crustacia, placed in
scrape. Hot weather,
scrape water temperature reaches 30.
29 Jun. Above ground syphon for
previous underground syphon got blocked.
19 Jun. Returned from 4 weeks holiday.
half empty, little rain here in last 4 weeks.
20 May. Fitted a new
scrape depth measurer.
scrape level now constant
at 24 cms, nominal volume is 6,732 litres.
17 May. scrape now full, and heavy rain expected today.
16 May. Pumped 800 litres of water into
which is now nearly full. Lifted 2 low points of
scrape perimeter by
pushing soil under the liner.
15 May. Pumped 1,000 litres of water into
14 May. Pumped 1,000 litres of water into
13 May. Another 1,000 litres of groundwater pumped.
12 May. Another 1,000 litres of groundwater pumped
into scrape by hand.
11 May. Fitted two liners to
scrape, each 4.5m x 10m. Liners so hot that grass was burned. 131 sods
moved to hold down liners. 1,000 litres of water drawn from well and
10 May. Liner for scrape
12m x 9m arrived.
03 May. Cut and stacked 131 large grass sods from
the edge of the
scrape, ready to hold the liner in place when fitted.
Shoulders of scrape raised with soil from store.
Syphoned scrape again, now practically dry.
28 Apr. Removed island in
scrape ready for fitting liner when it
is nearly dry, hoping leakage will reduce from 500 to 10 litres/day.
07 Apr. Water still being lost from the
leakage, about 500 litres per day.
06 Apr. A design fault in the syphon system to the
scrape was noticed by Rosie and quickly corrected
scrape finally full of water, after a great
deal of pumping and puddling. When 25 cms deep it holds 7,000 litres of
water. It has an island in the middle, on which bog-loving wildflower
seeds were scattered.
20 Mar. The scrape completed, after 19 days of hard
About 8.5 x 3.3 metres and 30 cms deep. 800 sods removed, most placed
on Munro with grass facing outwards, 8 layers and 2 metres high, each
layer held together by wire cable until grass grows and binds sods
Started building a "Munroe", or pyramid of sods from
28 Feb. Used sods from
scrape to build earth platform, on which old bath
placed to give height to enable syphon action to fill
23 Feb. Started digging the
"scrape", a shallow pond sealed by existing
grey clay and filled by syphon action from old bath, filled by pulley
and bucket from watertable pond nearby.
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