Wildlife pond, two questions
We dug out this wildlife pond in June and it's unfinished but 'getting there':
As you can see, there are lots of trees and shrubs around it, so we should net it for the next couple of months. But my husband thinks that hedgehogs could get caught in the netting, and we're not around 24/7. Also it would completely squash the vegetation (which will probably die down anyway, so is that relevant?)
Also, when we built it, I spend ages researching optimum features for wildlife, the right plants, avoiding the wrong plants etc, but despite the number of blogs I read which had people - even in the centre of London - having newts, frogs etc visiting almost as soon as it was filled, all we've had so far are pond skaters, a couple of whirligig beetles, a diving beetle and birds drinking/bathing (but we had a birdbath before this, so that's not new). Different sources say to 'seed' a wildlife pond with a bucket of water from a wild pond (I don't know anyone with a wildlife pond to get a bucket from), others say definitely not to do this. Do you think the lack of wildlife is just because of doing it in summer, and next Spring, the wildlife will come flooding in?