It's easy to attract garden wildlife with a wildlife pond. The creatures you find in your pond will depend upon the time of year and the location. There will be also a difference between warmer and cooler parts of the UK.
You'll be amazed how butterflies and dragonflies, as well as birds, bees and other creatures, are attracted to even a small volume of water.
Soon, your Lifepond will be populated by small water ‘bugs’.
Frogs, newts, and toads will come, too, but may take some time to find the water. In fact, they may not be able to reach the haven at all if the location is in the middle of a town, or surrounded by an impenetrable fence.
The marsh-loving plants in Lifepond’s planting area, together with some free-floating varieties in the deep water area, have an important role to play. They not only provide food, refuge, and a safe place for creatures to lay their eggs, but will also add colour and interest.
A wildlife pond is a wonderful opportunity to attract garden wildlife
Lifepond is designed to be versatile. You can easily move it until you find the best position. You need to consider where you should place it to attract garden wildlife but also make sure this suits your garden use.
Let’s introduce you to some of the creatures you can look forward to seeing in, and around, your wildlife pond:
Amphibians, small mammals and birds
The common frog is most likely to visit ponds to breed in the spring and is a popular favourite. Children are particularly fascinated by wriggly tadpoles. This means they soon take a keen interest in what is going on in the pond.
Toads spend less time in water. They may soon find the refuge beneath the pond as they love dark damp places .
The smooth newt is quite likely to lay their eggs in the pond. This provides a wonderful opportunity to watch as the baby newts develop.
Bats, such as the common pipistrelle, are attracted to water and are regular visitors to domestic gardens.
Birds, including blackbirds, finches, thrushes, robins and wagtails, will all be regular visitors to both bathe and drink.
For more information see our Garden Wildlife Guide
Insects and plants
You should expect visitors such as dragonflies, damselflies, and bumblebees, when the plants begin to grow in middle to late Spring. Birds, too, will be regular visitors wanting a drink.
With luck you will see dragonflies and damselflies mating. In due course you should see the early stages in their development. Watch how they transform themselves from rather ugly nymphs into beautiful flying creatures! Dragonflies are fascinating to watch as they dart about or come to rest by the pond. They catch small insects with their powerful jaws but are completely harmless to humans.
Water beetles are likely to colonise your pond quite quickly as will a variety of water bugs. Some, such as the water scorpion and back-swimmer bug, like a muddy pond base. The antics of pond skaters fascinate children as they skim across the surface of the pond in search of food. You will find a lot more information about water insects in our Garden Wildlife Guide.
There are many different varieties of water-loving plants and we provide lots of ideas in our Garden Wildlife Guide.
Marsh plants thrive in the wet planting area and help attract wildlife. Popular choices are Creeping Jenny, Marsh Marigold, Water Mint and Cotton Grass.
In the main pond area you can have floating plants such as Starwort, with its small white flowers, and Hornwort. Hornwort sinks to the bottom in winter and breaks surface to flower in the summer months.
We recommend www.puddleplants.co.uk a specialist supplier. Otherwise you can try your local water garden supplier.