Build a (mini) pond
By creating a water feature you are actively supporting wildlife and the best thing is, it doesn't need to be a large pond, it can also be a washing up bowl!
How to build a pond:
- locate where you want your pond
- start digging a large hole and include various depths, so the centre is the deepest part and you slowly work your way up to medium depths and shallow depths.
- put a thick layer of builder's sand in the pond, or you can use old carpets. This is to protect the pond liner from tearing on sharp stones.
- lay down the pond liner
- fill the pond with water, it's best to use rainwater
- leave for 1 - 2 weeks before adding native water plants.
Full (and more comprehensive) instructions can be found on this useful website: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-build-pond
How to build a mini pond:
- All sorts of bowls can be used, but aim for at least washing up bowl size
- locate where you want your mini pond
- either dig a hole into the ground and put the pond in the hole, back filling soil to the edges OR place the bowl on top of the ground, making sure to build a ramp or put some stones or bricks to a side so creatures can move in and out.
- put some stones of various sizes in the mini pond
- let rain fill it up with water
- plant a few native water plants.
Full (and more comprehensive) instructions can be found on this useful website: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-create-mini-pond