wee-pond

As I said above, I am thinking of adding a (very) small pond in my garden.....my question is......how on earth do frogs, toads etc find it?   I live in a town on the east coast of Scotland and unless the wildlife can read google maps, I cannot see how they'll know it's there! image    I've heard the expression "If you build it, they will come" ....really ??  Will I have to import frog spawn from somewhere else?   Also, what is the smallest pond I'll need if I want frogs etc?  

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  • I wish I could help but unfortunately I can't. All I do know is that my other half was out mowing the grass last weekend and found a baby toad, all on its lonesome, just sitting curled up in the grass and we don't even have a water feature much less a pond or any other body of water (puddles don't count!). So I'm guessing they'll find their way to you somehow or another, I mean if they'll come to my waterless garden I'm sure they'll find their way to a pond. Perhaps they have an inbuilt satnav?!  Hope you figure it all out.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I think that their porous skins can sense the presence of water nearby.image

  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    There is a guide on GW to show you how to build a small pond. A video also I think. I am also going to build a small pond when I find the right old sink/trough. I've been looking for what I want for a long time but old troughs are so expensive. I don't want to sink one into my garden as I don't have a shaded area where the grass is. So I want to have one on a couple of bricks with a ramp for the frogs to get in. I will use builder's sand, upturned plant pots and slabs of something to give them places to hide. A ouple of plants too. Really wish I could find something appropriate to build it with. I don't want to use a plastic container.

  • Haisie - have you tried your local freegle or free cycle ?  You could put in a"wanted" ad. You never know.  I went to our local "Steptoes"  yard and he had an old metal hip bath and a big round metal bowl.....lying open to the elements (and had been for some time) and he wanted £50!  Each !  image  I'm just gonna dig a hole and line it.  You could do the same with a small wall to make the edge higher and include your ramp. image

  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Little weeeed, thank you for the suggestion that I should put an ad in freegle r free cycle things - great idea. I've been looking for so long now and I got the jist that 'old' things come at a huge price. It seems really trendy to use old things and they do come at a price. I looked on a website at a reclamation yard thing near me in Lancashire and they had what I wanted - an old stone trough, only small, and it was a whooping £300! Some went up to £3000! I think I'll eventually drag a stone kerb home and use my nail-file to chisel it out...

  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Oh and I don't think that I can put one in my garden as advice says it should be shady, not overlooked by trees as leaves fall into it. I just don't seem to have the right spot to dig. I have a north facing back garden but in summer the sun creeps to about 4 ft away from the house My plan was to put it next to my fence in the shaded bit...

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Since it will only be a small pond, you can always go out regularly with a small net and fish the leaves out. Also, don't forget to put a small ramp inside the pond, so that any other creatures (hedgehogs etc.) that climb up the outside one and fall in, can get back out again!image

  • HaisieHaisie Posts: 108

    Thanks Swiss Sue - that's what the upturned slabs will be for too, to give them something to get out of - all instructions are on here somewhere! A net is a good idea, although just not possible in my garden as it is north facing and clay soil it gets swamped in winter and not too goo to walk across - will stay with my idea of putting it near the house - only option I have in my garden.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,676

    We made a very small pond in our last garden (in a plastic dustbin sunk into the ground).  It had a small water lily and some oxygenating plants in it and we made a way for animals and amphibians to get in and out of the water.  Within within a very few weeks we found a frog sunbathing at the edge of the pond half in and half out of the water.  The garden was in the middle of a large area of small victorian terraces mainly with walled gardens and concrete back yards, right in the city centre.

    Frogs will find your pond, don't you worry image

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  • Thanks everyone. I hope to have the pond ready for spring.  I will wait in hopes for hopping visitorsimage

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