Even just a little pond can make a massive difference to the variety of wildlife you can attract to your garden. Think frogs, newts, dragonflies, birds and even hedgehogs! If you are a new or prospective pond owner then you might want to check out our guide to the best pond pumps.
Let’s star with the classic pond animal, the frog. Everyone thinks that if they build it they will come, but this is not always the case. If you are particularly struggling to attract frogs to your pond here are some steps you can take.
Frogs need sheltered areas where they can hide from potential predators, make sure you have plenty of plants and shaded areas in your pond. Adding an area of plants around the edge of your pond will definitely help to attract frogs. You shouldn’t have to work too hard to attract frogs as they do require water to breed tadpoles.
When it comes to attracting dragonfly to your pond it is all about submerged, emergent and water surface plants. Submerged plants are great for providing cover and a safe place for emerging dragonfly larvae to grow. Floating surface plants such as lilies are also essential for dragonfly, the female dragonfly’s require floating plants for them to lay their eggs on. The female dragonfly will lay their eggs on the underside of floating foliage.