One of the main selling points of Hopton House for me was the large wildlife pond. I’ve always loved sitting by water and looking out for frogs, tadpoles and newts.
The pond is very wild at the moment and is due a good clearout in the autumn. It is full of bulrushes and flag irises – these are just about to burst into flower.
There is a clear spot for me to watch the wildlife though. In 10 minutes today I spotted one large newt, 2 enormous tadpoles and several large water beetles.
Last summer I was there spotting baby frogs when I noticed several dragonflies emerging from their nymph cases. I spent 2 glorious hours sitting there with a camera and was lucky enough to get some beautiful shots.