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A wildlife pond is a beautiful feature in any garden and creates a home for wildlife. In the last 10 years about 70% of ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, resulting in garden ponds and water features having and significant importance for the wildlife.

 

Suitable for:

Gardens of all sizes that can accommodate water features.

 

Water is essential to wildlife and many creatures will make use of it:

  • Frogs, toads and newts will use even small bodies of water to breed
  • Caddis flies, damselflies, dragonflies, mayflies, pond skaters, snails and water beetles breed in water
  • Large ponds will support waterfowl, including mallard ducks, moorhens and coots
  • Birds such as swallows and house martins will pick off insects from above the water surface and use muddy areas for nest building
  • The grey heron can be a regular visitor to even a small pond, feeding on fish and amphibians
  • Even grass snakes may be seen hunting in garden ponds

 

When to work on wildlife ponds

  • The wildlife pond will be a pleasure throughout the year, but certain times are best for undertaking work
  • Mid-spring to early summer are the best times for planting, once the water has warmed a little and plants have commenced growth
  • Autumn is the least damaging time for pond maintenance, after the height of the breeding season but before amphibians go into hibernation
  • Autumn and winter are the ideal times for pond construction

 

Referenced from the RHS website: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=622

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