Small wildlife pond ideas

So your mind is spilling over with small wildlife pond ideas! Which type? Which shape? Which location? Which plants? So many questions! With these informative videos you will hopefully get the guidance you need. With advice on what plants to use, whether or not to use a pump, how to dig and line your pond - you'll find it all here. 

The benefits of a wildlife pond are enormous - attracting wildlife such as birds, butterflies, newts and frogs! But what about those memories of stagnant, smelly ponds that just attract millions of mosquitos! in a school environment, where health and safety is paramount, you don't want to create a health risk. So following guidance from the experts is the way forward. 

Whilst undoubtedly a lot of hard work - just think how the kids will respond! What an incredible addition to your school environment!

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The steps involved in creating a small wildlife pond

If only Joel Aston could pop into my garden and make one of these ponds! But, failing that here is his stop motion video which gives a good idea of the steps involved in creating a small wildlife pond.

Not for the faint-hearted - a lot of digging and planting, but how rewarding to have created a pond!

How to make a wildlife barrel pond

No one's got more small wildlife pond ideas than Joel Aston! His videos are so informative and easy to follow. Here, Joel talks about how to create a wildlife barrel pond.

He talks about which plants to use and where to place them in the barrel. He also explains how the pond can be pump free, by using oxygenating plants  and other plants to keep algae away.

Joel adds useful tips for ways to encourage wildlife to use the pond, including a piece of wood or something similar to allow newts and frogs to climb in and out and for birds to perch on. There are certain plants that newts use for laying their eggs so choosing the plants carefully with this in mind will reap rewards.

Other small wildlife pond ideas

Charlie demonstrates how to build a pond using wooden sleepers for the frame structure.

This RHS book 'How to create a wildlife pond:Plan, dig and enjoy a wildlife pond in your own back garden' is a great resource for plans and detailed guidance on creating the pond and planting.

To create a natural pond which requires minimal intervention once up and running check out these ideas.