Pile on the ponds
Here be dragonflies
Creating a small pond can do wonders for wildlife in your garden bringing amphibians, plants and dragonflies Spawn again:
HAVING a small pond in your garden provides a home for an abundance of wildlife. The winter months are the ideal time to create one as it will fill up with rainwater ready for plants and wildlife in the spring.
Allow frogs to discover your new pond for themselves yellow flag iris or flowering rush, can be used by emerging damselfly and dragonfly nymphs climbing out of the water.
Avoid introducing frogspawn from other ponds; frogs, toads and newts will find your pond and populate it themselves.
Don’t introduce fish either, they will feed on dragonfly larvae, tadpoles and frogspawn. Frogs don’t spend all their time in ponds, so now’s a good time to think about the rest of your garden as well. Damp areas, stones and piles of logs give frogs places to hibernate during the winter months.
When you’ve created your pond, sit back and wait to see the wildlife that comes. And remember, you’ve made a real difference to your local wildlife!
Find out more about ponds, including how to create a ‘sink pond’ in small gardens, and pond wildlife at www. bbowt.org.uk/ponds
According to the Freshwater Habitats Trust half the UK’s ponds were lost in the last century and most of the remaining ponds are in a poor state. By creating a wildlife pond in your garden you can make a real difference to the wildlife that depends on them to survive.
Ponds support a greater diversity of wildlife than any other garden habitat. As well as attracting wetland wildlife such as frogs, damselflies and newts, ponds provide a source of fresh water for birds and small mammals.
You don’t need a big garden to enjoy the benefits of a pond – even a tiny pond made from a bucket or old Water ways: sink will attract wildlife and provide a refreshing pit stop for birds.
A dug pond takes a bit more work, but is a beautiful addition to a garden and supports a wide range of wildlife. Before creating a pond, consider whether it would be accessible to young children in case it presents a danger to them.
Locate the pond away from trees, which will drop leaves that ‘choke’ the pond. Add variety to the depth and shape of the pond: frogs and other amphibians like a combination of sloping sides and shelved areas. And remember to use a pond liner to stop the water draining away!
Once you’ve dug your pond rainwater is the cleanest water source available for filling garden ponds. Collecting it in water butts and other containers can take time but is worth it. Don’t use tap water as it is treated with chemicals and has excessive nutrients which can cause algae.
A variety of native plants growing in different water depths and in different densities around your pond will create a varied habitat.
Dense plant life, such as water mint or water forget-me-not, in shallow water are ideal for frogs to hide in. Tall plants, for example