Quite a few famous footballers end their careers "across the pond", playing Major League Soccer.
Move your garden up a league with a wildlife pond. You won't need to fly to America to cross it.
What difference does it make?
Wildlife need water to thrive. More and more ponds get drained, so even tiny garden ponds help.
What do you need?
- Old washing up bowl (with no hole in)
- Stones and pebbles
- 1 or 2 water plants
- Garden fork or spade
Step by step
Decide where you want to add your mini-pond. Ideal would be close to a tree or a bush.
Dig a hole as deep as the bowl. Place the bowl in the hole. Put in pebbles and stones to build a gentle slope. Put one or two aqautic plants in.
Fill with water and wait for wildlife to come buzzing or hopping around!
The bigger the better. It could also be something like an old cat litter tray. Needs to hold water.
You need to use water plants. Best is call a local gardening centre and see what they recommend.
All sorts of birds and insects benefit from a local water source. You'll also find water snails and interesting bugs making a home there.
There might be some mosquitos, but they will be eaten up by predators like dragonflies and birds.