Even the smallest of ponds will attract wildlife. A plastic bucket or basin sunk into the soil is ideal for a very small garden and also a good option if you are worried about children falling into a pond. You can buy various pre-formed plastic liners from garden centres. However if you want to create a larger pond or one of your own design then pond liners are a good option.
- Sighting is important. A sunny site is best for wildlife but low shrubs can provide cover. If sited near trees leaves can accumulate and cause problems.
- Ponds need a shallow end as well as a deep end. Certain plants and animals prefer shallow water.
- Wildlife ponds tend to have more wildlife without fish. Too many fish can lead to water enrichment.
I love watching dragonflies and the skirt and dance over the pond on summer days.
Frogs visit our pond in early spring to mate and deposit mats of spawn. By early summer dozens of tadpoles are gathering in the shallow waters around the edges and by the autumn little frogs are hopping around the garden. Frogs are a great asset to any garden as they consume large numbers of slugs!
A good website to with a step-by-step guide to creating a pond can be found at:
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Aha… ponds, such good fun! We have newts in ours… well, as you’ll know, not this time of the year but we’ll be looking out for them in the spring! 😉
By the way, is your banner photo is really inviting! Is that a view of your meadow?? 🙂
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Great to have newts – we have them in the garden too. I change my header banner regularly but currently it is a field just down the road from us. You can see our own meadow (at its best in summer) at https://murtaghsmeadow.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/wildflower-meadow-2/