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Pond advice needed

Posted: Yesterday at 20:23

Our first year for frogspawn and we had three lumps. The pond has been alive with tadpoles up until this week. I've seen a few with all four legs and assume they're all making  way into the surrounding vegetation. I'll have to watch where I walk now.

Wildlife pond

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:23

Sent that too soon. I don't have any idea about the root problem but maybe somebody else will. I don't think that wildlife are happy with moving water in ponds so maybe a waterfall isn't a good idea. As I said, I'm no expert. Water and cover will encourage the wildlife.

Wildlife pond

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 21:17

I'm no expert but did make a small pond 3 years ago. I read all I could and got myself thoroughly confused. We too have a rocky garden and could only dig the deepest part to about 18 inches. We couldn't form sloping edges so one side has a foot wide level shallows. I read that wildlife doesn't really need a great depth and all the plants I've introduced are thriving without ledges.  placed turf around the edges and poked the liner underneath. After all the initial worries a frog arrived within a week, followed by damselflies and dragonflies. Pondskaters, whirlygig beetles, boatmen, the list goes on. In the third Spring this year we have had frogspawn

Hedgehog poop

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 20:56

I'm still waiting for our hedgehog pooh! Our first sign last year wasn't until July. Can't wait

Is this the nymph of this beauty?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:53

 Hope you can make out the first photo of a dragonfly nymph. Does anyone know if this  the adult version. I've googled dragonfly identification and think the adult is a broad bodied chaser. But there are too many types to be sure.

Frogs and frogspawn in pond

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 20:37

We have had our pond for 3years. This was one of two frogs we saw last year and this year we had three lumps of spawn. I know there are plenty of tadpoles in the pond now but sometimes I just can't see them depending on where the sun is or if it's cold. Then other days I see lots of them. 

Bees in chimney

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 18:08

Bumblebee Conservation told me that our completely black bee was a Hairy footed flower bee which is a solitary bee seen at this time of year. Also tell me these bees come down chimneys because they nest in the soft mortar of the chimney stacks. BBCT have plenty of info regarding bee ID

Last edited: 15 May 2016 18:10:03

Ponds with rock edging and pebbles

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 18:00

We had some small pavers set in the lawn at the pond and I had to cover them with wet tea towels. I'd seen a couple of froglets land on them only to instantly shrivel up. A cup of pond water poured on them as soon as it happened sorted them out, however there were a few casualties. 

Snails in pond

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 21:13

 I too have noticed what I think are small Ramshorn snails  which I've never introduced. Am I correct in thinking that they are better snails to have in the pond than the pointy shelled ones? Frogspawn for the first time this year Which has made me so happy!

Butterfly what/what on/where/when?

Posted: 24/03/2016 at 22:06

Red Admiral on Rudbeckia last summer. Can't wait until the butterflies and bees are back.


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