Having a new wildlife pond, a thread for sharing images of garden pond wildlife could be a great help with ID's. I'm not aware if a thread like this exists already.
I am certain there are members here who have kept garden ponds for many years, who know who to expect and when, as well as the pond newbies like myself who would love to discover the ID's of what is moving about in the water of our new ponds.
Crawling out of lifted blanket weed, placed on a rock on the edge of my pond, the two creatures below were seen. I'm thinking the creature on the right is some kind water boatman? I have searched considerably on the other one but am stumped completely by it - can anyone help? Sorry, image taken was a shaky phone one.
My interest in encouraging wildlife to my garden began with writing a gardenwatch blog. A surprising 36 bird species have been spotted in the garden since 2006 and these first few Blackbirds. I might take a confident guess that my new wildlife pond is going to exceed that number quite considerably.