Making Wildlife Ponds
How to create a pond to attract wildlife to your garden
Any kind of access to water in your garden will attract new wildlife, such as damsel- and dragonflies, toads and frogs to breed, birds to drink and bathe and possibly even hedgehogs to visit. In addition, pond and marginal plants will enrich your garden with colour and structure. Jenny Steel will guide you through the various steps of creating a pond and bringing it alive, including deciding on its right location, digging, lining, filling and planting your pond, with additional advice on its maintenance.
Author: Jenny Steel
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 2016
Format and Pages: Paperback, 80pp, with colour images throughout
ISBN: 978 1908241 481
Retail Price: £8.99
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Sample text from Making Wildlife Ponds
An Introduction to Wildlife Ponds
Ponds have always been significant and important features in the British landscape. Yet over the last 100 years or so, the numbers of ponds in our countryside and villages have declined by as much as a half, and with that decline much of the wildlife associated with these watery habitats has also decreased. Frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies are just a few of the more obvious creatures that have suffered from this habitat loss. Underneath the cool water surface of our wild ponds, a whole host of protozoans, invertebrates, including molluscs, and amphibians and fishes have gone for good as their habitat has disappeared, whilst our native birds and mammals have also suffered from this decline.
Choosing your site
Once you have given due consideration to the safety aspects and decided that a wildlife pond is for you, your next task is to decide on its location. This is not as easy as you may think as we have seen from the previous chapter just how important the surrounding habitats are. This means that you need to have space, not just for the pond but maybe for a little area of long grass somewhere beside it, or room to include a small bog garden. But don’t let this put you off. Not much extra room is required – just enough to provide shelter for your emerging wildlife. And there may already be a place in the garden where your new pond can abut an existing ‘wilder’ place. However, don’t neglect this requirement. The edges where habitats adjoin are very important, both in the wild and in your garden.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about a wildlife pond is that you hardly need to do anything, except add water, to attract a wide variety of wildlife. Dragonflies, water beetles, water boatmen, pond skaters, in fact many fascinating insects will investigate a new pond on day one if they are in your area, even before you have added plants. If you plant up your pond thoughtfully though, a huge range of aquatic life will make use of the water to live and breed, or simply to drink and bathe. And you don’t have tomintroduce your wildlife – everything will find this new habitat without any help.
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Reviews and readers' comments
Written by a noted gardener and ecologist, the book is divided into various sections, guiding the reader from the virtues of wildlife ponds, the importance of gardens as a wildlife habitat to creating, planting and maintaining ponds of all sizes down to those in containers. Chapters explore and profile the various types of wildlife to attract. Best line: Perhaps the most exciting thing about a wildlife pond is that you hardly need to do anything, except add water, to attract a variety of wildlife. - Garden News
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