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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.


Frogs spawn everywhere!

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 20:19


I am just sooooo excited. Two years ago we stuck a liner in a small,shallowish hole. And this year we have frogspawn. I took this in the 14th of March and today there are now three lumps. I read that some people get spawn in January. I assume this is down South.????

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 17:46

We visited a house last weekend where my daughter was dog sitting. Lovely,big garden with a pond. I went down for a look. It was completely covered in duckweed with a tiny mound of prickles poking up in the middle! Really upsetting that a small hog  had fallen in and drowned. There wasn't an escape ramp. Daughter under strict instructions to inform the dog owner.????

Soil over pond liner in a wildife pond

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:23

we used some kiddies play sand in the bottom. Just enough to cover the bottom. Plants are in pots or floaters. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 20:46

Love to see another pond in the making Paula. We tucked our liner under the soil at the pond edge and then laid turf from the lawn edge and over the liner. I never expected the grass to do so well on the liner but it's now down to the water in some places. I did use strips of hessian sack to wick moisture from the pond to the new turf. That's now perished but gave the grass a good start. Hoping for some frogspawn in a couple of years if the frogs stay with us.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:58

 Thanks you two. Just this one then that's me done posting random pics. No wonder it takes me ages to deadhead!


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 19:59

Thanks for the advice and the accompanying pic. Not sure about the pond 'freezing in summer' though! We have most of the plants you mention and plenty of Myositis and Beccabunga (if that's spelt correctly). They've spread all over the shallows.  Don't see many backswimmers now though as there isn't much plant free surface. I have no idea where the first frogs came from. We saw three at the same time in the first year and I saw three today. So let's hope they've been here for two years and are planning on staying. Just hope the hedgehogs have enough mealworms and Spike biscuits and don't fancy frog for supper! 


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 22:52

My Samsung 5 takes great pictures. Cameras are too complicated for me these days!


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 21:19

I was clearing some weed out of the pond yesterday and noticed this little chap/lady. How much of the pond volume should be free of oxygenating weed? The hornwort didn't really grow for two years so I kept adding more. Now I'm not sure if there's too much! Can you have too much surface cover with frogbit and lily leaves? I hate pulling stuff out.

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Beetle ID please

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