I was really inspired by some of the people and projects I saw at this years Rutland Bird Fair and now have a list of projects I want to complete at home and at the Secret Wood feeding station.
Yesterday me, my brother and my dad decided to create a wildlife pond due to us seeing quite a few frogs in the garden recently; I really want to attract beetles, more frogs and maybe Newts to the garden. We started off by going to B & Q for the equipment and then discussed the depth, location and shape of the pond.
These are the tools we used, nothing too fancy.
We had to put a big wooden beam against the fence to stop soil and water leaking into the neighbours garden, as I don't think they want a pond just yet!
After we finished the banks we fitted the plastic which was rather fun.
We had to use logs to secure the plastic in place which hopefully frogs will like; I think it was good to use all natural materials (apart from the plastic liner), as bugs and wildlife will like the new habitat around the pond as well.
After that we started to fill the pond using the hose pipe and then my dad put put a special powder in that neutralises chlorine. It would of course been better if we had collected rain water to fill it up with.
It took about ten minutes to fill up.
After the pond was filled, me and my mum went out to get some water plants whilst my dad and brother Harley put a few stones in.
It was under the tree so there was plenty of shade (it is also next to my log pile where the frogs like to hide in the day).
It is not just frogs newts and beetles I want to come I would also like birds to drink in it. And our project was being closely watched by our garden visitors.
In the end I think it was a job well done and the only things we had to buy were the liner and the plants.
So are you going to build one in your garden?