Why a Wildlife Pond?
Any pond is a beautiful addition to any garden, but with a little thought and consideration about the design and construction, your beautiful pond can become a haven for different wildlife and animal life.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, in the last century, 70% of the UK countryside has lost its ponds – which means that the use of a wildlife pond to encourage and nurture wildlife is more important now than ever.
Autumn and Winter is the ideal time to construct a pond. While the mid-spring to early summer period is the best times for planting (once the water has warmed a little and plants have commenced growth). Similarly, Autumn is the least damaging time for pond maintenance (after the height of the breeding season but before amphibians go into hibernation.
Animal Life and Wildlife Ponds:
A pond (and water) is essential to wildlife, and many creatures will make use of your pond:
- Frogs, toads and newts will even use small bodies of water to breed
- Caddisflies, damselflies, dragonflies, mayflies, pond skaters, snails and water beetles breed in water
- Large ponds will support waterfowl, including mallard ducks, moorhens and coots
- Birds (e.g. swallows and house martins) will pick off insects from above the water surface; they will also use muddy areas for nest building
- The grey heron can be a regular visitor to even a small pond, feeding on wildlife like fish
- Even grass snakes may be seen hunting in garden ponds.
At Michael Wheat Pond and Garden Design, we are working closely with other organisation to ensure your Wildlife Pond and nature in your garden (and across the country) is looked after for future generations. If you would like further information or advice about a Wildlife Pond, get in touch!