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2-3ft high purpose built pond full of fish!  Trying to re-home the fish (free to good home, any takers).  Do i need to clear out the vegetation, remove the liner, lower the height of the pond? bit stuck as to how to turn it into a wildlife pond, any suggestions or advice would be welcome. thanks.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I think the 2-3 foot high will be the problem Lilly. Insects will manage that, they have wings. Amphibians and mammals won't. 

  • sort of thought that, oh well have to get the big hammer out!

  • Is it a flexible liner?  If not (and if yes so long as you are extra careful - put some old carpet down first to prevent puncturing) you can pile (on one side) rocks/bricks/stones/pebbles to the top to allow mammals and amphibians to get out - kind of like some steps.  This will also give them somewhere to hibernate.  On the outside you can put a rockery or something like it to give a way in if it's higher than the ground.  Keep the vegetation - that is what will attract the amphibians as it will be full of small pond life.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 48,949

    Can you do a few pix Lilly? What sort of size is it? As FG says, you can create a beached edge quite easily if it's a decent size. Difficult if it's small. If it's quite small the best options would be to lower it a bit all the way round and then work a rock/gravel slope in, or take one side away completely and rebuild to incorporate the graduated slope. Suitable planting round about will hide any untidy bits too.

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

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