Posted: 05/10/2015 at 06:33
I lay chicken wire over our pond to catch the falling leaves - it's better than soft netting as the hedgehogs and birds don't get tangled, and as it's fairly rigid it's easier to lift it up and shake the leaves off from time to time. It's just a bit more bulky to store, but I also use it over seedbeds to keep cats off, so it's multi-functional
I think that next year your pond will be full of creatures - it looks lovely.
I've found that having plants on the bank right up to the edge of the water encourages frogs and newts - it hides them from the birds when they leave the pond - the frogs like to sit most of the summer day in the long grass and Creeping Jenny on the fringes of our pond, just popping in for a dip every now and then, so if you could plant some creeping plants between the slabs around the pond that would be good