A keen group of Parishioners is seeking funding to restore the historic dew pond in the village of Sawdon, known as Yederick Pond, close to Sawdon Village Hall using traditional construction methods. They are seeking funding from a number of sources.
A groundworks contractor, Clive Wood who has given guidance to the group spoke about dew pond restoration at Sawdon Village Hall on Mon, 9th October. Clive has experience in such projects such as at Scawton, near Rievaulx Abbey (local press coverage) The purpose of his talk was to give a little insight into the history and purpose of dew ponds and how one would go about reconstructing a former dew pond, such as Yederick Pond, now a dry hollow.
New conservation measures on an adjacent grassland area could become the first Community Nature Reserve targeting much needed help for Turtle Doves too.
The Parish Council has backing for such a project from Scarborough Borough Council and from the National Park and is exploring several promising sources for funding the project and associated wildflower habitat improvements close to the pond.
Scarborough Council Ecologist Tim Burkinshaw and the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project Officer Richard Baines visited the site to discuss the conservation opportunities. Richard, who is employed by the National Park will be giving a presentation at the village hall on how this project can benefit this species of summer visitor and why the Sawdon project presents a special opportunity for the Parish of Brompton by Sawdon and for the Turtle Dove Project.
Richard Baines will present his talk on the Turtle Dove project and opportunities in Sawdon on Weds Nov 8th, at Sawdon Village Hall from 7pm. The talk is free and visitors are very welcome to attend. Turn off the A170 in Brompton, follow signs to Sawdon village (2 km or so) and continue up the Main Street to the very top of the village! The village hall is the last on the right before open countryside and there is car parking in front.