Glebe Pond and Priory Fields Glebe pond is situated at the top of Rectory Road.
Up until 2010 the pond was completely silted up. Rain water was rapidly absorbed into the clogged soil and only a limited number of plant species flourished. Mainly yellow iris, (yellow flag), and bullrush. Aquatic life was sporadic.
The pond was excavated in 2010 and twenty seven tons of silt was removed exposing the unique stone base. Almost immediately the pond started to support the creatures associated with ponds.
Outside the pond area is a field that has recently been fenced off for grazing land.
Bees, hover flies, crickets and grasshoppers are ubiquitous here in the summer. Several varieties of trees are also flourishing, notably pedunculate oak, cherry and walnut, the latter of which, thanks to the squirrels burying the nuts for winter harvest, have begun to populate the area.
Following the overgrown footpath to the left of the fields are a stand of Elms, some over 7 meters high. These trees have managed to resist the ravages of Dutch Elm disease despite growing in an area where earlier generations of Elms succumbed to the disease.
Had the fields continued to be grazed the young saplings would not have survived. Effectively the dense growth of vegetation surrounding the saplings has protected them from the squirrels, rabbits and the occasional deer. Small mammals such as shrew, vole and field mice also thrive in the deep vegetation. This in turn provides an excellent hunting ground thus encouraging birds such as kestrels and barn owls to populate the area.
The largest field, which provides views of the Welsh hills and Avonmouth docks and often spectacular sunsets, contains a similar assortment of plants previously listed.
A central path leads across the field to a lane which leads to the local allotments and Cross Lanes. The lane can be rather dark in summer, hemmed in on either side by trees and hedging.
Speckled Wood and Wall Brown butterflies are frequently seen here in early summer and some years Magpie moths put in an appearance.
A wooden gate on the right leads to Pill Paddock.
Some years ago Avon Wildlife cleared the area of scrub and planted appropriate plants around the pond. Meadow sweet, purple loosestrife and bog mint do well in this environment. Marsh orchids appear in the meadows in early Spring with meadow cranesbill and fumitory later in the year.
The pond itself has a soft clay base and is permanently cloudy but this presents no drawback for a variety of pond life including smooth newt. Soft rush and common spike rush can be seen in the pond.