How to make a really good wildlife pond (2)

The new pond, 26th April 2009

The new pond, 26th April 2009: I had enough rainwater stored to 3/4 fill it

Here is the new pond now roughly finished.

What’s to do next?

Wait for it to fill (we’re promised rain over the next few days, but it may take a few weeks).

Then, when its full, make final adjustments to the depths at the margins, either by raising or lowering the liner a little. The edge is the most important part of the pond for wildlife and fine tuning this area will be important.

It’s not easy to tell from the picture, but the pond is roughly half shallow water (mainly less than 5 cm, with the deepest area down to 10 cm) and half deeper water, down to about 30 cm maximum.

We’ll cover the liner with a thin layer of sand to give a more natural finish.

And later on, we will be planting this pond up to show how to create a real local, natural, native, flora.

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3 Responses to “How to make a really good wildlife pond (2)”

  1. newtsludge Says:

    Hi. Your pond is looking good. Does the liner just extend under the turves? Is that a big enough catchment? Will there be much surface run off into your pond and with the nutrients in the turves not leach too much nutrients into the water?

    How do i send you pictures of my pond and any creatures? I’ve logged onto wordpress but still cant seem to attach pics. Also, I’ve got “the observer’s book of pond life” now and am enjoying looking things up. The chironomid eggs have hatched into blood worms, so you were right they were not snail eggs. I’ve not identified the water beetle I caught but there were also a couple of beetle larvae that i think may be Agabus conspersus from the pictures, but the key said Hydroporus or Deronectes. The fly I saw soon after filling with rainwater was a type of stonefly. Lots of Culex or Aedes mosquito lavae and pupae. Up to 7 pond skaters today. The newt was a smooth one and seems to have gone elsewhere.

    The water has gone a very rusty red/brown colour. I had a go dipping a multimeter in the water which recorded 15000 ohms. Does this equate with the conductivity measure you’ve mentioned previously?

    Matthew Thompson

  2. Jeremy Biggs Says:

    Hi Matthew

    There doesn’t seem to be a way of attaching pictures into comments.

    If you’d like to send things to me I’d be pleased to put them up.

    Jeremy

    • Jeremy Biggs Says:

      Hi Matthew

      Re the multi-meter, I’ll have to spend a few minutes thinking about that one – so that may have to wait for a day or two because we’re frantically busy at the moment.

      Interested to see pictures of your pond, and animals.

      Jeremy

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