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Kensington Ponds

A large open drain transports water from Busbys Pond across the Mission Fields and adjacent the Learners’ Cycleway into Kensington Ponds. The larger of the two ponds has well-vegetated banks making it excellent for bird life, especially the purple swamphen and dusky moorhen.

When water levels are low, large areas of mudflats attract white faced herons and egrets. Major weeds of the Kensington Ponds include Hygrophila Polysperma and H. Costata, Ludwigia Peruviana, Nymphaea mexicana (Mexican Water Lily) and Eryngium pandanifolium. Selective weed control works are undertaken to manage these invasive aquatic weeds.

A culvert feeds the smaller of the Kensington Ponds from Darley Road. This pond is used for supplying irrigation water for the playing fields and flowerbeds of Centennial and Queens Parks. In 2012, pond restoration works to Little Kensington Pond (east) were completed to remove willows and built-up sediment and to landscape the banks with native plants.