Emi Callaway: Fadden Hills Silt Pond
Bottle number: 41
About the water
Collected at: Fadden Hills Silt Pond, Fadden, ACT
Northing: 6080620N, Easting: 692125E
Near the playground at the corner of Nicklin Cr and Bugden Ave, Fadden.
Collected by: Emi Callaway
We conduct frogwatching at this site every year.
There are grass and reeds around the water. While the water doesn't look clean, there are lots of frogs and some ducks that use it as an area to raise ducklings.
ACT Waterwatch says:
This pond is one of the new breed of urban stormwater sumps. The thick vegetation provides habitat for birds and frogs.
About the site
The site is primarily used to catch run-off from the Fadden Hills residential area (built in latter half of the 1980s) and Wanniassa Hills Nature reserve. While it has a small playground, the park area surrounding the pond is only small and rarely used for other uses. Limited recreational fishing occurs at the site. In recent years, there has been an increase in vegetation in the water inflow areas.
What's going on:
[As outlined above] only limited recreational activities are undertaken at the site. Site is often on local residents' walking routes.
Frogwatching: participate in an annual survey of the frog population at the site.