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Duck Ponds

History of Duck Ponds:

Britain’s Duck Ponds are disappearing, plainly and simply.

Duck Ponds used to be an iconic “staple” of the British countryside, with the humble pond dating back to over a thousand years and established in Saxon times as a source of washing and drinking water for villagers and their livestock. Every garden had one, and everybody wanted one. Now, as cultures and lifestyles begin to change, Duck Ponds are vanishing, and the trend is, quite literally, dead in the water.

Duck Breeds in the UK:

Dabbling Ducks:

  • Mandarin
  • Wigeon
  • Gadwall
  • Teal
  • Mallard
  • Pintail
  • Garganey
  • Shoveler
  • Ruddy Duck

Diving Ducks:

  • Pochard
  • Tufted Duck
  • Scaup

Duck Ponds and Your Garden:

Ducks are part of the natural ecology of your pond. Ducks in brooks and rivers are commonplace, and with the right information and plant life in your pond, these animals could be commonplace in your back garden. Occasional foraging visits by a few ducks should cause few problems to your pond and are part of the natural ecology of any pond space.

"So why would I want to encourage ducks to visit my garden?" Well, ducks help to transport native plant seed to different ponds across the country, this, however, does come with its problems where weed and algae can be transferred through the animals. When first inhabiting a small pond, the duck will initially graze pond plants, frogspawn and small invertebrates. Ducks themselves help maintain the delicate eco-system, thriving in your pond.

Without pond plants, there is little food or cover for invertebrates or amphibians. The ducks graze on the plants, therefore, creating the protection of the pond edges and banks to become eroded and bare.

At Ponds by Michael Wheat, we are working closely with other organisation to ensure your duck pond and nature in your garden (and across the country) are looked after for future generations. If you would like further information of advice about a Wildlife Pond, get in touch!

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