Create your own mini wildlife pond

Turn your garden into an ideal watering spot for creatures great and small.

If you’re lucky enough to have a big garden you may have plenty of room for a substantial pond but you only need a small amount of ground space to build a mini pond which will still be hugely beneficial to wildlife and give you the reward of observing the comings and goings of the different creatures attracted to it.

You can build a mini pond at any time of year, but winter or very early spring is a good time as you won’t have to wait long before you should start to see some signs of life. You might have to look hard to spot the first visible inhabitants as they are likely to be some of the tiny creatures that feed on the microscopic algae that will quickly colonise the mini pond. Hopefully you will find that it becomes an increasingly rich and complex ecosystem. But enjoying watching your mini pond develop is not the only good reason for making one.

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Create your own mini wildlife pond
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Create your own mini wildlife pond
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You can build a mini wildlife pond at any time of year, but winter or very early spring is a good time as you won't have to wait long to see signs of life.
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