In this project we were asked to design a new wildlife pond to replace an existing old pond that had silted up and become neglected.
We suggested installing wildlife friendly paving as a seating area between the house and new pond, and also an oak deck to enjoy the wildlife up close and to pond dip from or carry out maintenance jobs.
Here is the area before work commenced
Here is the area 3 months after the completion of the project
The pond has already attracted a huge array of wildlife into the garden, including:
Water boatmen, pond skaters, diving beetles and many more invertebrates
Common darter, southern hawker and migrant hawker dragonflies
Sparrowhawk and many other species of garden bird regularly drink and bathe in the pond
Several butterfly species have been observed nectaring on the wildflowers around the pond margins
Honey bees and bumblebee species have been nectaring on the wildflowers around the pond and in the patio
If you have an existing pond that you think needs renovating, or you have always wanted a wildlife pond please get in touch to discuss your ideas.
Text and images by Jim Ashton