Posted: 13/10/2016 at 19:06
Philippa - Thank you. I wonder if Mr Ramsay dug a pond for himself and if so I'm sure the air was blue!!
Guernsey Donkey - I found the grass sends its roots into the pond. Also if I top the pond up with rainwater from the water butt, the overflow tends to keep the turves wet anyway. This allows me to plant moisture loving species at various points by cutting out 'pockets' between the grass.
Angi - I can see you wouldn't need liner to create damp soil living in Scotland. I can remember Glencoe from my childhood and crikey did it rain there!! I'm in Northamptonshire which is one of the driest counties in the UK. In a hot spell even the ground with liner under it can dry out. The pond is now 2 years old and this spring we had frogspawn for the first time, also the shed skin of dragonfly larvae on vegetation.
To create a little 'beach' I laid some brick pavers on the pond shelf and filled with pea gravel, then planted it up. I think once you provide the facilities for plants and wildlife, they will do the rest.