Posted: 08/05/2014 at 17:24
How big are the trees/shrubs, are they moveable? A natural pond is a lovely thing to have. Mine is natural in that it has no liner, but it's just ground water and becomes very low in a dry summer. Some of it is in the shade, there's not so much activity there and the pond sides are bare of vegetation apart from some sparse pond sedge and ivy
Some things won't mind a shady pond, mozzie larvae for one (or millions) but you won't get a great variety of wildlife in there.
Have you got a photo we could have a look at?