Wild About Gardens sees The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) join forces to raise awareness of the importance of gardens in supporting wildlife. This year’s Wild About Gardens challenge calls on people across the country to install a pond. From mini container ponds to larger sunken ponds, it’s THE garden feature that can make the biggest difference to wildlife.
The UK has lost ponds, rivers and streams at a rapid rate to development, drainage and intensive farming. Only a small amount of our natural ponds and wetlands remain, many of which are in poor condition. As a result large numbers of freshwater and wetland species in the UK are threatened with extinction, from frogs and toads, to water voles and insects.
Adding a pond – by digging one in your back garden or simply by filling a waterproof container outside your front door – is one of the best ways you can help wildlife and enjoy the benefits of seeing water plants, birds and bees close to home. Digging a pond is great for hedgehogs to have somewhere to drink and for frogs, newts and other amphibians to feed and breed. All ponds – large, small, dug or container – are good news for bats, dragonflies and other insects.
Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts says:
"It’s such fun to help wildlife with a pocket pond – it needn’t be big. All you need to do is fill an old sink or washing-up bowl with rainwater, plant it up and make sure that wildlife can get in and out – it’s easy! I love watching bright blue damselflies landing on the irises in my pond – they’re so beautiful and it’s great knowing I’m helping local wildlife.”
Helen Bostock, Senior Horticultural Advisor at the RHS says:
“Ponds and other water features are an attractive focal point in any garden and are a real haven for wildlife. Even cheap container ponds made from upcycled materials will quickly be colonised by a whole host of creatures and help form a living chain of aquatic habitats across the neighbourhood.”
The Wild About Gardens team have some pond-tastic inspiration to get you started:
Download your full guide to creating your perfect pond by clicking the image below
Each pond contributes towards the network of wild places nature needs to survive. Please put your pond on the map here
Watch wildife expert Jules Howard create a pond here
You can find a full range of booklets, advice and inspiration to help make your garden more widlife-friendly on the Wild About Gardens website
Frog image: Mark Hamblin/2020VISION
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