A wildlife pond is one of the best things you can add to your garden, and you’ll be amazed how much wildlife even a small pond can support. From insects to amphibians, plants to birds – almost all garden life and every part of the food chain will benefit from a water source.
What you will need:
- An old bucket or watertight container
- A spade
- Old bricks, rocks or pebbles
- Native pondweed or other pond plants
How to build your mini wildlife pond:
- Dig a hole deep enough to hold the bucket or container.
- Remove any sharp rocks and line the bottom of the hole with sand.
- Place the bucket into the hole, filling in any gaps around the edges with soil.
- Make a pile of rocks going up one side of the bucket – this will help animals get in and out of the pond.
- Scatter the pebbles into the bucket and add in your pond plants.
- Fill the bucket with rainwater (not tap water).
- Over the next few weeks, check your pond regularly to see if it needs topping up and to see the wildlife that it has attracted.
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