We have a very bee, bird and bat friendly garden and have now made free a 7ft x 4 ft area by removing a small shed. We would now like to turn this area into a wildlife pond.
Realise this is a rather small space. However, to one side we have approximately twice the area with a good levels of growth and shelter.
To the other side of the plot is a space around 7ft x 4ft of lawn which is soggy most of the year so intended leaving to potentially run wild.
Wanted the pond to attract as much wildlife as possible but without digging too deep.
Also, as we will need to use a liner in the pond, can we use the existing grass from the garden to cover the edges around most of the pond as long as we have a shallow area for any wildlife to escape?
Also, do we need a pump and filters or can we purchase specific plants to keep the water healthy?
As you may realise from the above, I am new to gardening but happy to learn.
Any pointers would be appreciated.
Thank you for your help in advance.
John & Dawn