Create a wildlife pond

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Adding a pond to your garden boosts its wildlife value at a stroke, even if it isn’t much larger than a puddle. Autumn is the ideal time to dig one as the ground is soft and you have all winter for the rain to fill it for you.

Most of the pond should be shallow, but ensure that one area is at least 75cm deep. Instead of introducing aquatic animals, allow the pond to ‘self-seed’ by simply adding plants – there will be snails and water fleas hidden among them.

It’s amazing how quickly other species – water beetles, pond skaters, frogs – find your new miniature wetland on their own. By summer it should appear well established, and next year you can look forward to frogspawn.


Find out more information on how to build a wildlife pond.

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