Posted: Yesterday at 17:22
My own pond is fairly large - 3 or 4 mts by 2mts and is at least 1.5 mts depth in the centre..
Frogs and Newts happily breed in there plus Pond snails , dragonflies,skaters and all sorts of other things too. I also have fish in there - not my choice but inherited them. I also don't have a "shallow" end ( again simply working with what I have ) but everyone seems to manage to find their way in and out without a problem. Not ideal and I've had better ponds but it works well enough to provide a decent habitat.
I think sometimes people tend to get over concerned about the best method for a perfect pond - quite often a shabby looking puddle with surrounding vegetation will bring pondlife to your garden. Once that happens, you can enlarge, improve, etc..Nothing has to be perfect the first time round but you will gradually learn what suits you and your local wildlife.