The freshwater elements of the Commons include streams (locally known as becks), pools and ponds. The main pond is known as the ‘Newt Pond’ as it was formally a breeding area for both Smooth and Great-crested Newts, sadly there are no Great-crested Newts presently. Many Common Frogs and Toads use the pond also it attracts the Kingfisher on occasions. Many dragonflies and damselflies breed in the pond, including Broad-bodied and Four-spotted Chasers.
The becks criss-cross the area but all come together finally on Beeston Back Common before continuing mainly through underground pipes to the sea. Occasionally in late summer it is possible to see elvers (young eels) heading up-stream, although a rare sight nowadays. The becks are also home to many invertebrates such as mayfly larvae and freshwater shrimps. These in turn attract Grey Wagtails and Water Rails.
Finally the small bog pools are home to some uncommon plants such as Lesser Water Plantain and Chara a plant of calcareous-rich water. Increased nutrient-rich water that seeps into the groundwater from agriculture is also a problem for these sensitive habitats.
Large Red Damselfly