Wildlife pond

Hello there! 

Another silly question coming up image. I bit the bullet and bought myself some pond liner and hopefully will start construction on my pond this weekend.

I don't have a water butt yet because there's nowhere to put one until I get my shed in a week or so, then I'm going to attach it to that.

In the meantime I was wondering, could I fill the pond with water from the tap so it looks nice for now and then let it over the year gradually get diluted with rain water, or will that not work? Or will I have to wait and let it fill up naturally?

Also the position is going to be in full(ish) sun. I've read on other threads that the water will turn green. Is this good for the wildlife and do people just not like it because of how it looks? I'm going to grow the grass long around it to give it some shade.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,039

    Hi Jack, a large proportion of ponds get filled from the tap.

    I think your idea re green water is correct

  • Jack...........Nut is correct in that most garden ponds start off with tap water.............if you have neighbours with established ponds, ask if you can take a bucket or two of their water to add to your pond  ..........I've always found that gives your pond a bit of "natural stuff" to start it off.

    Algae love the sun.............you can reduce the effect by having plants which cover the water surface.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,786

    We started our pond off with tap water two weeks ago - we left it a week for chlorine to evaporate then added some oxygenating plants - a few days ago we went pond dipping and brought back some containers of mini-beasts to 'start' the pond.  

    Our pond gets sunshine for a good part of the day at the moment, but it's not turned green yet, in fact the water is beautifully clear and I spend lots of time each day watching the diving beetle and pond skaters that have already made it their home.  

    If it's any use, I found this site really helpful when making our pond  http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/put-in-a-pond.aspx 

    and this site is a brilliant source of UK native pond plants  http://www.puddleplants.co.uk/oxygenator-floating-plants/ 

    Don't forget to take lots of pics to show us image


    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Thank you all! Now I'm excited!

    Philippa, unfortunately I don't know any neighbours with ponds but thanks for the advice.

    Dove, this is very encouraging thank you. Thanks for the links, I'll enjoy looking over them tomorrow night. It's quite daunting thinking of starting it and I've already read lots of websites but any new info I can get will be welcome, so I'll have a read through.

    It will also be exciting choosing some plants, so that link is very appreciated too!

    Cheers all!image

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    If you have a freegle group in your area, it might be worth putting a wanted post for some pond plants. I often give away plants on our site and they go like hot cakes.

  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Thanks Daintiness, I will look into that, I didn't know you could put wanted posts up.

    Dove I've just been looking at the links. Like the look of the 'fibre optic plant' and the 'frogbit'. Also that link you sent about the pond had stuff I haven't read about before. I like that idea of digging it at a right angle then using soil to make the slope on top of the liner, that's brilliant!

  • My frogbit never really thrived Jack where everthing else that I have put in there has been OK. Maybe it's too cold for frogbit up here in lancashire (I am fairly high up as well so it can be cold)!

    I am a Wildlife Trust member and did a pond dipping course with them, they are very cool about visiting a nearby water source and getting a few bottles of water to start a pond off, and that is exactly what I ended up doing. It's impossible to fill up even a small pond like that of course, hence everyone finishes up using a mix of rain and tap water. It'll pretty quickly neutralize, especially with the help of pond plants, and you can then look forward to some wildlife!

    I found a newt in my pond this Spring and have this week noticed some little tadpole shaped wiggly things in there, so i think I may have baby newts!! image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,039

    Baby newts look like fish with external gills stuck out at the side of their heads.  The first time I saw them I wondered where all the baby fish came from as we haven't got any adult fish.

  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Thanks for that Lancashire Lass, I suppose I'll have to do a bit of trying out and see what plants work here. I may have to nip up to the nearest pond and do that! I'm looking forward to see what arrives over the coming months.

    I'm sat at my computer now with an aching back, quite a hard days work, making a pond is. Here's some pictures.


     It's amazing how much earth comes out of such a small hole.





     Smoothed out and sharp stones removed.


     Underlay underlay arriba arriba!!!


     The water goes in and some levelling up.


     Need to work out what to do with the edging now, I just put the tufts of grass around it and some rocks for now. After tidying up and hiding all the soil around the bushes, I'm too tired to do anything else.



  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,292

    Wow you've done so well Jack!image

  • Impressed Jack. I envy you starting up, it's so exciting!

  • AWBAWB Posts: 400

    Your very hard work is appreciated by all of us that value the environment.I am sure you will gain so much pleasure from your endeavours.getting older now I do not always have the energy to embark on these projects, but I still try it just takes longer.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,039

    You did all that in a day Jack?

    I hope you've got a bottle of something opened image

  • AWB wrote (see)

    Your very hard work is appreciated by all of us that value the environment.I am sure you will gain so much pleasure from your endeavours.getting older now I do not always have the energy to embark on these projects, but I still try it just takes longer.

    Yes, everything takes longer as you get older - I just thank goodness I am retired!

  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Thanks for all the comments. Yes it was hard work, I tend to just fly at things and don't stop, once I made the pond the hardest part was the moving all the soil at the end, almost lost my motivation at that point.

    Yes I hope it will do it's job and gradually be a benefit to wildlife. I'm going to let the grass grow long in certain areas around it. Next week I'll look into what plants to get for it. Not sure what to do with the edge yet. I need more rocks, but on a budget, also maybe some plants to give it semi shade.

    That's a good idea Nutcutlet, maybe open a little something later and sit out under the stars.


  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Well, I can't actually believe it! I made the pond just over a week ago. Yesterday I put in the first plants. This morning I went out to sort some plants out, in and out of the little greenhouse. I went to peek at the pond and a little frog swam round the edge of it then dived down into the middle. I was so shocked! I just got in from work and snook up to have another look but couldn't see it. Maybe it was just passing by or maybe it's hiding but I'm so happy. Now just need to get more plants in to give more cover.

  • If you build it, they will comeimage

  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Yes Justin, build it and they'll come!

    This is my pond a week after making it, getting some much needed rain.


     This is a week and a day, after I started it off with some plants.


     This is two weeks on, added a couple more plants.


     This is my little friend, who seems to be hanging around.






     Judging by pictures I looked up, he's a common frog.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,039

    That's lovely Jack, worth all the work and back acheimage

  • Jack 3Jack 3 Posts: 360

    Yes, definitely worth it! As soon as those plants in the deep start growing he/she will have a lot more cover.

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