Snakes alive! That’s why the fish are disappearing
In a recent issue of Let’s Talk I was shocked to read that even the snakes we have in the UK are partial to a fish supper, so will find their way into garden ponds and eat the fish.
I had no idea and it came as a shock, more so as I started with just three fish in the pond I created at my allotment, removing them from a pond I had at home.
One giant goldfish and two Koi carp. They lived happily together for two years at my allotment until spring when I noticed several little fish as well as tadpoles. It appeared the three had got together and had lots of little ones.
I managed to count about 30 although I assumed there were about 40 in all. I continued to feed them but slowly noticed after a few weeks that there did not seem to be so many.
This trend continued and I was puzzled. It was not a heron as the pond is covered with a full net.
Then one morning I noticed a snake.
Panic set in but I was able to catch hold of the reptile. After I had cut it free from the net, I let it go. I was shocked to read up on snakes and realised it was an adder.
Then one morning I was sure something had damaged the net again and I saw another intruder, a grass snake.
I started to wonder about the small fish and realised they had met their fate in the mouths of snakes or one particular snake.
I have had my allotment in Trowse, Norwich for three years.
It is total heaven with all the peace and quiet one could ever ask for, doing what nature intended, free from all the things that annoy us most in l ife.
I would recommend taking an allotment to anyone as it has improved my wellbeing. But, if you have fish in a pond, do make sure you safeguard against snakes as well as birds and cats.
I learned something I never knew because I read Let’s Talk.
BILL KITE Norwich Norfolk