Bring wildlife into your garden next spring

Posted on December 24, 2021 at 4:17 pm

Many people enjoy welcoming wildlife into their gardens and one sure way to achieve this is to install a pond. As water is a basic need and habitat requirement for all wildlife having a pond in the garden is bound to increase the wildlife you will see.

To have a pond that is wildlife friendly it will need to have a shallow beach area and also shallow areas around the margin of the pond. Frogs need this to be able to get in and out of the pond easily as they are laying frogspawn. Ponds with steep edges are too difficult to navigate in or out.

Putting a couple of larger stones in this area will encourage birds to hop onto them and take a drink whilst also being a nice feature.

Having a log pile near the pond gives shelter to creatures emerging from the pond who may need a safe place to hide from predators and also provides a pantry full of beetles and slugs for newts, frogs and toads.

Whilst you may rarely see in the depths of the pond you can be assured that it will be teeming with water creatures many of which are larvae of insects such as dragonflies and damselflies. Once they are ready to leave the pond they climb up the grasses and change into the magnificent flying spectacles they are.

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