For day 18 of 30 days wild we made a little wildlife pond for the garden.
Ponds are important source of food, water and shelter for many animals and insects. Fom amphibians like frogs and newts, to aquatic minibeasts and insects like dragon flies (which begun thier lives as underwater nymphs) and bats and birds that eat some of the insects.
Making a small wildlife pond is very simple, all you need is a watertight container (or waterproof sheeting). Pond plants, rain water, soil, stones rubble and bricks.
The first thing you need to do is dig a hole big enough to fit your container in.
We then put a base of soil into the container to provide nutrients for the pond plants to grow in, and somewhere for water insects to burrow.
Then we made a basic staircase using bricks to create an escape route for any wildlife that need to get out of the pond. (To prevent accidental drowing)
Next we added some rubble and stones to provide hiding places for minibeasts and help make the stairs a little less steep.
Once we were happy with the layout, we filled the pond with rain water (we have been collecting it in buckets for the last week or so) It’s best use rainwater as it doesn’t contain any of the fluoride or other chemicals that occur in tap water.
The final and most important thing to put in your pond are aquatic plants that will create oxygen in the water and provide a source of food and shelter for pond creatures and insects.
We used duck weed as our tadpoles love it and it creates a nice cover over the pond to give them lots of shelter.
We are going to leave our pond to settle for a few days before we introduce the tadpoles we have been raising into thier new home.
Please note: Ponds (No matter how small) may present a risk of drowning for small children and pets. Please make sure your pond is secured in some way that prevents small children and pets from accidently falling in.
Ours is placed behind some dense bushes and a fence.
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