How To: Attract Wildlife to Your Pond

Bringing wildlife into your garden, or specifically, your pond can have many benefits. Providing a space for animals to grow and thrive helps support the ecosystem as there has been a decline in natural wetlands over the years. It can also be relaxing to sit in your garden and watch the wildlife come and go, as well as a way to get little ones engaged in native plants and wildlife.

How To: Attract Wildlife to Your Pond

Attracting Frogs & Toads

Attracting frogs and toads into your pond couldn’t be easier! The UK weather is perfect for amphibians and they have three basic needs: moisture, food, and shelter. Ponds are the ideal place for frogs as long as they include a shallow edge so they can easily get in and out. The best way to create shelter for these animals is to add moist shrubs and pond plants. A benefit of visiting frogs is that they will help keep the insect population down – they feed on slugs, mosquitoes, flies, and beetles. Also, don’t be worried if your pond has a little algae, as tadpoles love to eat it!

Attracting Newts

Other amphibians like Newts may be attracted to your pond. Newts like shelter and a place to hide so some rockery or logs would go a long way into enticing them into your garden. These animals lay their eggs in the leaves of plants such as Forget-me-nots, Watercress and Water Speedwell. Planting these is a good way to attract them. Unfortunately, if you want newts in your pond they won’t cohabit with fish as the fish will eat the baby newts upon hatching.

How To: Attract Wildlife to Your Pond

Attracting Dragonflies

Dragonflies are popular choices when it comes to attracting wildlife to ponds and thankfully, they are quick to colonise new areas of water. Unpolluted water is paramount for dragonflies, as well as making sure it’s not too deep for its size as they are mostly found in shallow waters. Providing cover such as dead wood is important for laying their eggs and clusters of water plants for the larvae. These plants can include Water iris, Lythrum salicaria, and Butomus umbellatus.

Attracting Birds

Many small birds that visit our gardens may also frequent the pond to drink and bathe. If you have a large water surface you might encounter wetland birds or waterfowl. It’s important to make sure that ponds are safe for birds by including low-hanging branches, shallow areas or a platform in the middle of the pond. With the addition of aquatic plants, there will be a variety of insects for the birds to feed on. If you have fish, one bird that may not be welcome is the heron. Herons can be deterred with a wire barrier above and around the pond.

If you have recently built a pond in your garden it shouldn’t take any time at all for some new friends to appear. Within a couple of weeks, there will be some regular visitors to your garden. If you’re looking for aquatic plants, pond accessories or just some advice, our staff at Holt Garden Centre will be more than happy to assist you.

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