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Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:55

OK - if you're squeamish look away now .........





 Going down head first .............

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:52

Phillippa - I think your slow worm may have been about to shed it's skin - they shed the covering of the eye with the skin and it goes milky before that happens.  Great observation. 

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:46
darren636 wrote (see)
Your pond looks perfect, dovefromabove

I could sit there for hours/

We do - or rather we lay on our tummies peering into the water for hours and hours ... bliss ... who needs telly

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:42


 Here's Hissing Sid  

Afraid he had one of the frogs for lunch, but a snake's gotta eat too, and there's plenty left

I have got a photo of him eating his lunch, I can post it if you like, but it's not for the squeamish ...

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:37
Esspee wrote (see)

I love that Dove, just what I am aspiring to achieve!  What is the plant with the red leaves?  Lobelia?

Yes - I don't know whether it's survived.  There's lots of native hornwort in there, water soldiers, brooklime, spearwort and water cress as well. 

We use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract to keep blanket weed under control in the summer, along with their sludge control treatment as the pond is quite shallow.  The water is lovely and clear and very healthy.  We bought some native pond snails as well last year to help keep the pond fresh and they're thriving too.

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:30

And here's some of the frogspawn

I hope that encourages everyone who's making a wildlife pond. 

Two years ago ours looked like this

 You can see where we folded the lawn back - then we put the liner in and folded the lawn back over the liner to the edge of the hole. 


Small wildlife pond

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 16:04

Very chuffed here - two years ago we made a little wildlife pond 2.5m x 1.5m in the garden.  It's been great and we've had lots of frogs and a grass snake visit as well as loads of insects and invertebrates. 

Today we have our first ever frogspawn

This is a pic of the pond last summer




HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 13:52

Great excitement in the Dove household!  We have frogspawn in our little pond for the first time ever!!!

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 10:40
Joyce21 wrote (see)

What are you going to plant in the new bed Dove?

It's going to be my sunny bed mainly for perennials/grasses etc and some small shrubs - there's a strong possibility of an amelanchier going in there too, and then some bigger shrubs towards the far corner, possibly mahonia - not sure about what else yet. 

OH is enjoying the digging - there's a robin and a male chaffinch out there keeping him company

Lily Beetle !!!

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 10:34

Just found three on a pot of over-wintered lilies - they're not there now!

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