Building your wildlife pond

  1. Depth. The pond must have a depth of at least 60cm (2′) because you need a place deep enough for oxygenating plants and for animals to over-winter or stay cool during the summer months.
  2. Shape. The pond must have an area that slopes gradually on at least one side. …
  3. Shade. …
  4. Liner.

What is the best depth for a wildlife pond?

The depth of a wildlife pond should be 24 to 36″, that’s 2ft to 3ft at its maximum depth. However, shallower areas of around 8″ to 12″ should be included for plants to root and push out of the surface. Consider building in a beached area for mammals that fall in to escape.

How do you make a large pond?


Quote from video: You would like a site where you put a dam across a gully or a ravine or a grass waterway. And back up no more than between 10 and 20 acres of ground draining. Through for one acre of pond.

What is the best shape for a wildlife pond?

The best wildlife ponds are irregular, kidney or rounded in shape as these look much more natural. Now’s the time to really muck in and start digging. Depending how you intend to finish the pond, you might want to lift and put aside the turf to lay as edging at the end.

How deep should a wildlife pond be UK?

In general, the larger the pond the more wildlife you can expect to attract. A depth of 20-60cm (8in-2ft) varied across the pond will suit the majority of pond flora and fauna.

Should I put sand in wildlife pond?

Every manmade pond should have a liner, and some also recommend a layer of sand and gravel.

Do you put soil in a wildlife pond?

Putting your pond plants in special aquatic baskets is better than adding a layer of soil all over the bottom of pond. Too much soil creates an excess of nutrients, which can encourage algae.

How do you make a natural wildlife pond?

Dig out an area of shallow ground, big enough so that it won’t dry out. Unlike a pond, when you line it you should puncture the lining to allow for some drainage. Plant it with bog-loving plants like purple loosefuit, marsh marigold and water mint. Enjoy your boggy wildlife paradise and watch it grow and mature!

How much depth should a stock pond be generally?

Stocking pond of standard size is 1.0 ha area and about 2.0 to 2.5 metre of water depth.

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