Garden ponds provide many benefits to wildlife. Research has also proven that blue space is beneficial to our health too. The intensively farmed country-side, use of agricultural sprays, draining of wetland habitats and expansion of towns and cities has resulted in the decline of many wild life species including the common frog – despite it’s name it is actually in rapid decline. All this has a devastating environment impact.
Benefits of building a garden pond
- Provides a breeding habitat for amphibians
- Offers a temporary home for amphibians and reptiles – frogs and newts find their way to water sources – newts favour ponds without fish.
- Holds a diversity of species
- Ecosystems are linked by water
- They recirculate water unlike lawns and flowerbeds which require constant watering during warm, dry weather
- The sludge collected by a ponds filter is rich in nutrients from fish faeces, uneaten fish food and decaying plant matter. It makes a natural fertilizer that can be dug into flower beds.
Ponds offer wildlife a home, breeding habitat and a source of food. However, it is not just the water feature, it is also about the landscape surrounding a garden pond that is of great value. For example, newts leave hibernation between February and March, returning to ponds for breeding with pond plants providing egg-laying locations. They also need an undisturbed habitat around the pond, providing refuge and good feeding sites. By not paving all of the green space in your garden and being less of a perfectionist when it comes to tidying flower beds, are valued by wildlife. Piles of dried leaves are home to frogs, newts and many other small creatures. Gardens and ponds work in harmony to help the environment – plants, shrubs and trees haver air purifying properties reducing the toxic effect of air pollution.
A pond that is in good health won’t require a lot of on going maintenance. As long as the ecosystem remains balanced, a pond can be left to self-manage. Seasonal pond maintenance is required to rid it of sludge build-up and to cut back the over-growth of aquatic plants.
Ponds offer a sanctuary – a place to go to relax and shut yourself off from the rest of the world – listening to the tranquil sound of water while watching nature at it’s happiest!
Garden ponds with or without the addition of a small fountain are likely to also add to the value of your property. According to The Telegraph May 2016 – “Running water can help mask background noise in areas near busy roads or schools. Small fountains or water features can help create a more peaceful environment – making it more attractive to potential buyers.”
P.S. Butyl and Epalyn pond liners are environmentally friendly products and don’t leach toxic chemicals into the water.