Posted: 25/06/2013 at 18:27
Hi Ryan, not sure what dimensions that is in feet and inches etc, but to be honest - any pond will attract wildlife and will be an asset to your garden. If you can incorporate a slope with gravel or graded sizes of rocks and stones, that will help birds and other creatures get in and out safely. I've not got a pond here, but a while ago we put a little seed tray filled with water and gravel etc near some planting and the birds love it. I hope to put a proper pond in at some time as I'm used to having one in the houses I've lived in. They're great entertainment.
Youll need oxygenators to keep the water clear if you're not using a pump,and then it's really a case of buying what you like the look of. Marginals sit on the shelves round the edge as they need shallow water or damp ground, and you might want a small water lily to cover part of the surface as it prevents blanket weed forming - that will go in the deeper part. Some planting beside the pond is important too as it provides cover and shelter. There are lots of articles on wildlife ponds online which you might want to look at- just do a search - as it's a big subject to cover in a single thread here. There are specilist nurseries too which will give you lots of info on plants. Marsh marigolds are great marginals and easy to acquire and also the small flag irises. You can get small equisetums which are vertical 'spikes' and provide a place for dragonflies to emerge.
Wildlife will start appearing once you get the pond in! Birds will come and bathe and drink very quickly, and you can encourage them by putting a feeder close by.
I hope you get lots of pleasure from it.