If you don’t want a pond or don’t have room for one, a bog garden is a great alternative.
It’s surprisingly easy to make and will soon become a valuable habitat for a wide range of moisture-loving wildlife, from newts and frogs to damselflies.
Many small insects will shelter in the lush vegetation, providing a food source for insectivorous birds. This is especially valuable when they are raising their hungry broods. Bats may even visit at dusk to feed on flying insects.
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- Creating a wildlife pond
Follow our simple advice on creating a wildlife bog garden, below.
You Will Need
- Garden spade
- Butyl pond liner
- Grit or gravel
- Garden compost or leaf mould
- Moisture-loving plants
In a sunny spot, dig a hole 45-60cm deep and lay pond liner or thick polythene in the base. Make drainage holes, then pour in a 3-5cm layer of grit or gravel.
Fill the hole using the excavated soil mixed with well-rotted garden compost or soil conditioner. Trim the top of the liner so it’s hidden just below the soil.
Using old ponds
As well as creating a bog garden from scratch, bog gardens are also a good way to give old, leaky ponds a new lease of life.