Wildlife gardening ideas: Attracting pond life
There are loads of ways that you can help wildlife in your garden. Having a pond will attract a multitude of flora and fauna from damselflies to frogs and newts.
You don't need to have a large garden to have a pond. You can make one out of a range of different containers that don't require any digging at all!
Choose your container
Ponds don't need to be that deep so you can choose a fairly shallow container, but first you need to make sure that its water tight! Old bath tubs, oak barrels, wash tubs and even buckets will do.
Make it accessible
If you're just going to be standing your container on the ground and not burying it then it's also important that it's shallow so animals can get in and out of it (You can always help this by creating a stepped pile of rocks next to your pond).
Lay the foundations
Putting sand and pebbles on the bottom creates a substrate for you to bury plants in and for insects to bury and hide in. It's important that the sand is plain old builders' sand and that the pebbles are washed as you don't want to contaminate the pond before you even start!
You can create some shelter in your pond by adding some larger stones, again make sure they're clean before they go in.
Fill it up!
Fill your pond with rain water. It's important to use rain water as tap water has chemicals in it which will be unhealthy for your pond life.
Finish with a flourish
Finish off your pond by popping some plants in. Native plants are best and if you can get them from a local source then even better!
Put the pond in a shady spot as you don't want it to over heat in direct sunlight.
For more advice on ponds check out Pond Conservation's pages on making ponds for wildlife where there is plenty of information about how and when to create your pond, pond sizes, planning permission and fish.
Let us know how you get on with the ponds in your garden. We'd love to hear your tips for attracting pond life. What works... what doesn't work?