All the well known permaculture practitioners and teachers seem to have ponds and aquaculture as a key part of their land designs. Water is such an important key for life, for the regeneration of soil, for the transport of nutrients, for the support of biodiversity, for the capture and storage of energy, and much more besides.
I've bought an old engineer's level from Ebay and I plan to survey the land so we can identify good places to create ponds and ways of linking them together, as well as systems of swales or hugelkulture beds. I can't buy detailed contour maps of our land as far as I know and the image quality from Google Earth isn't great, so it's hard to visualise at the moment, but I've dug out a few images that convey some sense of the lie of the land:
|View from NE, from neighbour's field. |
This gives a good image of the S-N down slope of our meadow.
|This is from the N. The seasonally wet foreground isn't ours.|
|Getting towards the top of our plot, looking NW down over the farm|
buildings towards the sloping meadow. There's also a lesser slope down from W-E.
|From the same spot as the previous photo, facing SW. The high point |
of the land is in the birch plantation, about 200m N of our southern boundary.