Some help with my 'wildlife' pond
Really after some advice with a small pond. It was put in, many years ago (by previous owners) in an aim to be a 'wildlife' pond. Unfortunately, they put it under a huge oak tree and so, inevitably, it ends up with a lot of acorns/oak leaves which generally leave the water fairly murky and brown.
It is in a nice location, and I have no ambitions on it being a beautifully clear oasis, but would love some tips on how to move forward. I do net it every year but inevitably some leaves get through, plus the ones that settle on the netting leach in to the water.
It seems pretty stagnant (murky brown, pretty wiffy), and I've never noticed any wildlife activity other than the water snails that inhabit it. It has a (struggling) lily in the bottom, but no other plants (it wasn't built with marginal shelves so it's deep water or nothing!!) There is no way of getting electricity down there and it is sighted in partial shade (sun for about 6 hours per day in summer).
Can anyone advise me on what steps I can reasonably take, to smarten it up a bit. As I say, no designs on transforming it in to an oasis but would really compliment its surroundings if I could just improve the water a little.
Many thanks .....