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Hi everyone ☺  I'm planning on digging a pond in our back garden to attract wildlife. It's only a small garden so I've got the choice of either the pond taking up most of the space at 1.5m x 3m or having it maybe about 1.5m2. Which would be best? I'm thinking the smaller option gives more room to add hedging and shrubs and log piles etc round the edges of the garden but if wildlife prefers bigger ponds should I just commit to more pond, less garden space? 🤔  thanks in advance for any advice


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    You can benefit wildlife with a pond the size of a washing up bowl! We'd all like to have a lake but any water is good and having woodpiles and planting by your pond will be useful for all sorts of bugs and beasts.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,236
    I wouldn't worry about the size. I've had ponds of all shapes and sizes, and they all do a good job, as @Posy says.  :)
    What you have round it is just as important as the water, so have your planting, and lots of places for everything to shelter, and places for birds to perch and bathe. Logs, rocks, branches etc, are all beneficial.
    Some different levels in the pond means more scope for plants of all kinds too, and a reasonable depth in part of it makes it easier to prevent freezing in winter. How severe that is, will depend on your location. 
    A sunnier site is also helpful.  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The pond would be in the middle of the garden. I'd like to attract frogs and hedgehogs but I've read frogs like ponds 2m squared or bigger. Would I still attract frogs with a smaller pond? 
  • RogersiaRogersia Posts: 14
    Would love to see a larger pic, including the surround of your pond bullfinch..looks amazing!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,236
    edited April 2022
    In answer to your question @beckyjaneplantirSu7H1K , if you're still around - yes  :)
    My previous pond was tiny, and it was fine. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 592
    Here are two pictures, one taken last summer @Rogersia, and for the first time this spring we have tadpoles . 
  • RogersiaRogersia Posts: 14
    That's really cheered my morning up bullfinch ...  can't imagine how good you must feel.  I love it.  Going to have a go!
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