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The Wilderness Pond

This dates from the time of the 12th century Augustinian priory over which the present Christchurch Mansion was built. It would have been an important source of fish for the monks’ kitchen.

Today, it provides a home to a wide range of birds, fish, butterflies and bats. Look out especially for our resident Mandarin Ducks. These beautiful birds nest in holes in trees, hence the large bird boxes the Friends have put up on the islands.

Like many of Christchurch Park’s other facilities, The Wilderness Pond benefitted from the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration programme which was completed in 2009.