Over the next week (10-16 September) UCL researchers will be undertaking surveys of the temporary ponds at Sheskinmore and Maghera. Supervisor Helene Burningham and PhD student Sara Varandas will be surveying vegetation, sediments, morphology and water levels of these small ponds during their autumn dry phase. The photo above shows one of the sites during its wet phase earlier in the spring, but on-going monitoring of these systems shows that water levels gradually drop during the summer, and they become dry or just boggy (with no standing water) during the autumn. Little is known about the plants and creatures that inhabit these intermittent aquatic features, and Sara’s study is focused on capturing better knowledge and understanding of the ecology and dynamics of temporary ponds, both here in northwest Ireland, and also in Portugal. If you’re interested to know more about the work, come and say hello if you see us in the dunes or at McGlincheys over the next week.