CD Pond Environmental Group
Contact: Sue Kipps

Phone: 01342 718289
   What do we do?

Crawley Down Pond Environmental Group was first formed in 1999 in order to assist West Sussex County Council taking care of the pond alongside Worth Way and at the bottom of Cob Close. Since that time, we have had regular Task days to keep the pond and surrounding area clean and free from debris. The W.S.C.C. Ranger, Simon Rowledge plans and leads all volunteer tasks.

The Group meet once a month to do this work, usually on the 2nd Sunday. It is entirely voluntary most people come to enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air doing something worthwhile. The work can be as strenuous as you like to make it, we can usually find jobs suitable for all abilities. We start work at 10am and we work for up to two hours, stopping for a coffee/tea break before heading home. The types of tasks we carry out vary from month to month and include things like coppicing, meadow management, planting and surveying. A copy of our current program can be found at the bottom of the page.

   Other information

Allowing Dogs in the Pond

We are concerned that people are allowing their pets to go into the pond. There have been occasions when the dogs have reached the carefully constructed centre reed bed, flattening it. This is where ducks and moorhens nest and rear their young, so please make sure they are not disturbed. If you think your dog may enter the water, please keep them on the lead as you pass the pond.

IMPORTANT: Although the water looks benign, shallow and very tempting, there is a great deal of silt. One minute you are ankle deep and feel a firm base , the next you can be up to your thighs in mud, from which it is very difficult to escape. This is especially dangerous to children.

Feeding the ducks
Feeding ducks is great fun and an important way for young children to connect with nature. However over feeding especially with the wrong types of food like bread can cause serious problems for the duck population and for the health of the pond environment, both for other wildlife and for humans. Please do not feed the ducks more than 1 or 2 slices of bread at a time and ensure that you break the bread into small pieces. For more information follow this link to the RSPB's web pages: Mallard Overpopulation

There is no fishing allowed in the pond

   Task Programme 2017

The Crawley Down Pond Environment Group (CDPEG) have been taking care of Crawley Down Pond for over 16 years now. We meet for a couple of hours every month on a Sunday morning and carry out practical conservation work, usually with the help of West Sussex County Council Ranger Simon Rowledge. Safety equipment tools and training are all provided, as is a welcome cup of tea mid morning. If you would like to come and join our friendly group here is a list of the tasks we will be carrying out This Winter and Spring Meet by the pond at 10am we usually finish by 12.30pm

January 8th Coppicing and nest boxes
February 12th Revetments and coppicing
March 12th Planting
April 9th Spring Clean
May 14th OPAL water condition survey

You can download our tasks as a pdf here.

Any help we get will be much appreciated. The pond belongs to us all.

If anyone needs to contact the Countryside Ranger regarding anything to do with the pond, please telephone 01293 542088.