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Best location for a wildlife pond

Hello!
Im planning to dig a wildlife pond over the coming weeks and am wondering where the best location will be. Our garden is south west facing, long and fairly narrow and slopes downwards towards a little woodland and brook (theres a fence and a hedge between the garden and the brook/woodland. 
At the bottom of the slope is a wall on the lhs and our compost bins on the right. I was hoping to dig it on the lhs in front of the wall (just a garden wall) with the beach area towards the middle / bottom of the garden. Ive read that a pond shouldn't go at the bottom of a slope but as any excess would naturally drain into the brook i think it would be ok? Thoughts most welcome! I have to act fast as after years of saying no ive fianlly got the go ahead from husband - i have the liner 🤗

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    Good stuff!
    I don't think there's any problem with putting it at the bottom of a slope if there's somewhere for excess to safely drain out. We had exactly that at our previous house as the ponds were fed from a spring.
    Difficult to envisage your space without seeing a photo, but ideally, a pond is best with some decent light, but it also needs some nearby planting to provide shelter and cover  for wildlife using it. 
    I'd also recommend having it within sight of your house if possible,  to give you enjoyment in winter  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thank you! Heres a photo - it would replace the goalposts! 
  • This is what i want to achieve! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    I don't see why not  :)
    The main thing to remember is that leaves will fall in, so it's worth having some netting for autumn to save too much ending up in it. 
    It'll be lovely when it's done - good luck  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thank you Fairygirl  :) xx
  • I am about to use half round drainage and soakaways to drain main garden of excess rainwater. Would a (water-storage) soakaway however, placed next to my large garden frog-pond, create a good boggy environment for the plants the frogs like to hide amongst, while also preventing it becoming the usual seasonal mud-bath from all the rains?
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