Posted: 17/04/2017 at 23:15
Hello, BL looking in Thanks Pansy.
I live in SW France. I have a pond in the paddock which often dries up in the summer, probably dug for cows. I've fenced it as I didn't want the horses in it, very muddy bottom. I don't do anything with it. I have a small ornamental pond in the garden that my son dug. It was pretty once but a friend's Lab went for a swim in it and pierced the liner. After a failed attempt at mending the liner I don't do anything with that either and it's got very overgrown. There is a marsh marigold flowering at the moment and toads breed in it.
I have a big garden and lots of flowers and roses, I just haven't time to deal with anything fiddly.
Sorry, I don't know anything about wildlife groups but I have joined a gardening club and I know of 2 others. Mix of French and English. I open my garden every summer for charity. https://www.opengardens.eu/
Good luck with your garden. Is the pond in the garden or in a rougher bit? I don't think you have to do anything really, unless you have a burning ambition to have a beautiful pond. Probably easier to dig a new one from scratch.