Westminster Ponds/Pond Mills Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) is the largest ESA in the City of London, covering approximately 250 hectares (618 acres). The area is significant for its size, rich variety of natural habitats, rolling topography and unique “kettle” ponds, all within an urban setting.
The ESA is situated in a long east-west ridge of stony soil (till) deposited more than 12 000 years ago by a glacier. The kettle ponds were created when large blocks of ice were left behind by the glacier, making permanent depression that filled with water. The ESA’s five major ponds and many smaller ponds are the best examples of kettle lakes left in the London area. The deep, cool ponds are fed by surface runoff.
(Above two paragraphs recorded from the information signs located at the trailhead.)
The posted coordinates will lead you to an information sign. To claim a find on this cache you will need to do the following:
1. Read the information board and answer the following questions:
- What kind of ponds is located in this area?
- What is the depth and surface area of the Saunders Pond?
- What interesting find was made when archeological digs were done?
(Email the above answers to the cache owner. Please do not post them in your log.)
2. Optional - Please feel free to take a picture of yourself or your group standing near/beside one of the many ponds in the area and post it with your log. If possible, add the name of the pond that you are standing near in the picture. You will see from the information board that there are many ponds from which you could choose to photograph.
Please stay on the trails, there is no need to bushwhack.
Please note that if you do not email the answers to the Earthcache questions within a reasonable amount of time, I will delete your post. To log Earthcaches you are required to answer questions instead of signing a log book. Just visiting the site is not considered good enough. Thank you.