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  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 272

    If you are having problems with mosquitos breeding you could introduce fish to eat the larvae.

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Fish will also eat anything that fits in their mouths

    Including tadpoles.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 73,713

    Very chuffed here - two years ago we made a little wildlife pond 2.5m x 1.5m in the garden.  It's been great and we've had lots of frogs and a grass snake visit as well as loads of insects and invertebrates. 

    Today we have our first ever frogspawn image

    This is a pic of the pond last summer

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    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 272

    I love that Dove, just what I am aspiring to achieve!  What is the plant with the red leaves?  Lobelia?

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Couple of years ago I was swimming on frensham pond



    Something took my breath away.



    It was a grass snake, swimming next to me.



    It was also at least 5' long.



    Amazing.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 73,713

    And here's some of the frogspawn

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    I hope that encourages everyone who's making a wildlife pond. 

    Two years ago ours looked like this

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     You can see where we folded the lawn back - then we put the liner in and folded the lawn back over the liner to the edge of the hole. 

     

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 73,713
    Esspee wrote (see)

    I love that Dove, just what I am aspiring to achieve!  What is the plant with the red leaves?  Lobelia?

    Yes - I don't know whether it's survived.  There's lots of native hornwort in there, water soldiers, brooklime, spearwort and water cress as well. 

    We use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract to keep blanket weed under control in the summer, along with their sludge control treatment as the pond is quite shallow.  The water is lovely and clear and very healthy.  We bought some native pond snails as well last year to help keep the pond fresh and they're thriving too.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Your pond looks perfect, dovefromabove



    I could sit there for hours/
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 73,713
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     Here's Hissing Sid image 

    Afraid he had one of the frogs for lunch, but a snake's gotta eat too, and there's plenty left image

    I have got a photo of him eating his lunch, I can post it if you like, but it's not for the squeamish ...

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    Wowsers!
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