Creating a pond is the most effective way of attracting varities of pond wildlife to your garden
- especially frogs. By building a wildlife pond you are helping to conserve the
natural habitat of frogs and providing them with some much needed unpolluted
living space. In this way you are doing your bit to help save this very much
When you add a pond to your garden you are helping to increase the population of frogs - what an achievement that is!
When you construct the pond, it is important and necessary to provide a
shallow water area around the edge of the pond as this is where most of your
frog population will live - as well as aquatic creatures such as pond-skaters,
diving-beetles and damselflies. Your new pond will also attract other wildlife
such as birds and small mammals who will come to know your pond as a place
to drink, bathe and feed. Imagine all the time you will spend sitting and watching
nature right there in your own garden. It is extremely therapeutic to sit
and watch and be 'at one' with nature. Today more than ever, creating a
sanctuary where you can take time out to really relax and experience nature
at close quarters, is a great health benefit and gives us the space to recharge
Wildlife pond building
The best place to site your new wildlife pond would be somewhere in the
garden where it is partly sunny and partly shady. The siting of your pond
for the purpose of creating a wildlife sanctuary is more important than if you
were creating a purely ornamental pond.
Try to blend in your pond with the rest of your garden. By this, I mean
it is probably better to put your pond next to long meadow grass for example
rather than right in the middle of the garden. This is because for wildlife they
have some place to hide away from sight and feel less vulnerable when they
have the protection of surrounding grass, shrubs and trees. However, you
will want to make the pond attractive to look at as well as providing a home
for frogs, and so take time to look at where would be the best place for your
Keep the edges of the pond gently sloping as this creates a transition are
between open water and dry land, and allows easy access for frogs, toads and
newts as well as mammals such as hedgehogs to come and drink.
You can help keep your pond healthy by using submerged oxygenating plants
and these will also provide refuge for your pond wildlife. Floating-leaved
plants will provide shade in the water and also restrict the growth of algae.
And of course the leaves make great landing and sitting areas for frogs and
dragonflies. Also, reeds and flag iris around the edge of the pond will provide
food and refuge for your pond-dwellers.
Attract pond wildlife to your garden and create something special.
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