Garden ponds are an attractive feature that with a little thought and planning can be a haven for wildlife. The last 10 years have seen an explosion in garden ponds thanks to the availability of fiber glass ponds. Understandably this may not be the first thing on your mind when planning a garden pond but with 70% of natural ponds during the past century having been lost from the UK countryside, it is hopefully something that more people will consider.
Gardens of all sizes can accommodate water features and ponds, they certainly do not have to be large. And with water being essential to wildlife it is almost certain that a plethora of creatures will make use of yours. Frogs, toads and newts are the usual suspects when it comes to ponds but many are also frequented by damsel, caddis, and dragon and may flies. If you look closer to the surface and just under it you may also find pond skaters, snails and water beetles. If you are lucky you may also attract waterfowl, mallard ducks, moorhens and coots.
Visitors because of your pond and its wildlife will include swallows and house martins who love to feed on the aforementioned insects. You may also if you are lucky attract grey heron and grass snakes who will hunt at your pond.
In order to achieve a pond that is rich in wildlife you will need to plant it well. The best time to do this is in mid-spring to early summer. Plant it with native plants that provide a good habitat and also dense vegetation that will provide good cover.
Pond maintenance should be carried out in autumn and if you are just building your pond it is best to do it in autumn or winter. Construction can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. Ready to place ponds can be bought with the only work needed a hole to put them in. We would recommend looking at fiberglass ponds as they can withstand the harsh UK weather and all the usual wear and tear expected with an outdoor pond.
If you have the skills it is also possible to design and build your own fiberglass pond – we would recommend watching a few youtube videos to learn how to best build a pond for your garden.
If you are working on a budget you could consider using an old bath, sink or trough to use as a pond. These are extremely attractive and also suited to gardens that have less space, are smaller. If you have a boggy garden you could also just pick a particular wet spot and transform it by lining it and filling it with more water.
There is nothing quite like relaxing in your garden and been able to hear the running water from your garden pond and appreciate the wild life it attracts