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Build a wildlife pond

Do you want to build a wildlife pond? As a youngster I was fascinated by pond life and by the age of nine our backyard had an assortment of containers including an old enamel washtub, plastic bowls and a ceramic sink all containing a variety of organisms - mostly various pond snails and flatworms as they were readily found and easy to keep alive.

In 2005 a childhood dream was fulfilled when my wife permitted me to build my very own small (11ft x 5ft) wildlife pond.

These pages are to share with you my love of pond life and perhaps give you motivation and enough knowledge to sample the delights of a wonderful ecosystem for yourself.

I'm glad I had the foresight to keep a photographic and video record of the pond becoming established and an album containing lots of images of the many little critters that are now a part of our lives.

Underwater video has given us a whole new dimension to our pleasure and I may later share some of these moments and give you a laugh when you see my homemade equipment.

The image is of a Damsel Fly.  They don't bite, they don't sting. They just add interest and beauty to the garden.

 

Damsel Fly on finger
All photos used on this site are my own and unless stated otherwise were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4600 ( 4 megapixels ) camera.

Intro - Construction - Liner - Logs & Rocks - Filling - Soakaway - Life - Plants 1 - Plants 2