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A pond is an attractive feature in any garden and, with a little thought about its design and construction, can also be a haven for wildlife. During the past century, nearly 70 percent of ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning garden ponds and water features have an increased importance for wildlife.
Gardens of all sizes can accommodate water features.
Water is essential to wildlife and many creatures will make use of it:
The wildlife pond will be a pleasure throughout the year but certain times are best for undertaking work.
When setting up or adapting an existing pond for wildlife, there are a few things to consider.
The Pond Book: A Guide to the Management and Creation of Ponds by Williams P., Biggs J., Whitfield M., Thorne A., Bryant S., Fox G., and Nicolet P. (Pond Conservation 2010, ISBN 9780953797110)
This book is made available through the RHS Lindley Library.
Managing a wildlife pond is very similar to any other pond but with a few additional considerations;
There are a few common problems associated with ponds.
Aquatic weeds such as duckweed can smother the surface. Likewise the water can become green or covered in blanket weed when algae takes hold.
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