Ponds may be small but they are an important part of our landscape, and well-cared for ponds are real hotspots for freshwater wildlife. Having a garden pond is one of the best ways that you can quickly and easily help wildlife in your own backyard.
The more natural you can make your garden pond, the better it will be for wildlife and this is easy to do by following our advice on keeping the water really clean, making natural edges and letting wildlife colonise naturally.
Get the conditions right and your garden pond will very quickly attract a wide variety of wildlife. You should soon see dragonflies, pond skaters, damselflies, water beetles and backswimmers, as well as frogs and maybe newts. If you’re patient, water snails can colonise garden ponds naturally– even though they don’t fly!
Download our 'Wildlife ponds for the garden' advice sheet here
''A garden pond is a joy and you can make one in a weekend''