More on Wildlife Ponds
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.
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