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    Default Thinking about getting a pond...

    I was thinking about getting a plastic pond. I was going to put it in at the top of my garden, but there is tree's there and I'm worried the roots might damage it in the long term maybe? Anyone here got one, what they like? I just want it as a wildlife pond, so I can take the little one up there and show her all the bugs etc

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    I quite like the really small ponds that do not take up much room and are not such a danger to kiddies (although any water is a hazard). I built one once at a previous house, just from some left over rocks and a thick plastic sheet. Within a week I had a large toad who visited then later on was given some frog spawn. It was marvelous to watch the tiny baby frogs as they grew and learned to swim. All pond life is fascinating :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BumbleB View Post
    I quite like the really small ponds that do not take up much room and are not such a danger to kiddies (although any water is a hazard). I built one once at a previous house, just from some left over rocks and a thick plastic sheet. Within a week I had a large toad who visited then later on was given some frog spawn. It was marvelous to watch the tiny baby frogs as they grew and learned to swim. All pond life is fascinating :-)
    My garden is on a hill, so I'm going to flatten abit at the top for it, then really fence it off. I want it to be a real wildlife area, I get slow worms so have to watch out for them when cutting the grass, so hoping they will stay up in the wild area

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    Instead of trying to dig down into tree roots, could you build soil etc., up around it? So it's sitting in a little mound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarzWix View Post
    Instead of trying to dig down into tree roots, could you build soil etc., up around it? So it's sitting in a little mound?
    Doh! That might work out better as my garden is on a hill

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    Got any stone lieing around? I sunk mine a foot and then built up around it with loads of stone I had around. I made loads of hollows in it as I was building for toads, frogs, newts, slow worms, bumble bees etc I also used bits of broken slabs to put dry roofs on the caves as I was going along.

    I only did it a few weeks ago, but some bees seem to like it already.

    Ebay is the best place for ponds and stone (and anything else that can't be posted), do a search with 10 miles of your house and you'll get loads of bargains.

    The moulded ones are great for small areas. Much easier than liner. I've got 2 joined together by a watarfall and surrounded with a big rockery for under 50.
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    That's a good idea as well! I've got loads of moorland slate, only have to dig down a spade and half in places and its there! Easy to break up as well, I've been using it for drainage in my pots

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    Lucky you! I'd love my own slate supply. Useful for loads of things as it's light and flat. Definitely use that with some rocks or bricks to make lots of caves.

    I use slate to return the splashes from the waterfall back into the pond.

    You could also make a wildlife tower with layers of slate and bricks to form lots of cavities and then put different materials in each section. Hollow canes, twigs, moss, stones etc and you'd provide homes for all sorts of creatures.

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