You don't need a big garden to have a pond and a source of water is so valuable for animals. As well as typical pond creatures you may find deer, hedgehogs and foxes being attracted to your pond to drink. Avoid putting your pond in full sun as it will dry up and lots of pond creatures prefer shaded locations.
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Ponds are healthier when they contain a few aquatic plants. They oxygenate the water. We'd recommend rigid hornwort, water starwort and the pretty blue-flowered water forget-me-not. There are lots of aquatic plants available but be careful to buy small, manageable plants because some will instantly take over your mini pond!
It's important that animals can get out of the pond if they fall in. Make sure you build up stones and gravel in your pond so little creatures can climb out.
Please be aware that even mini ponds can be dangerous to very small children and always be cautious with water features in gardens.
Animals that you may see at your mini pond
We know bees love flowers but they also love ponds. Bees need water to keep cool, to drink and to stop their honey getting hard. Shallow water with plants ensures the bees can drink and fly off easily. Make sure there are stones sticking out of the water for the bees to stand on.
If you're very lucky you may see a smooth newt in your pond, especially if it's a bigger pond. These amphibians breed and lay their larvae in water but live mainly in undergrowth so if you want to attract newts put your pond near lots of garden plants
Dragonflies are big flying insects that lay their eggs in ponds. The eggs then into larvae (called nymphs). In their final stage they turn into the beautiful, brightly-coloured dragonfly. Read more about the fascinating lives of dragonflies here.
Frogs and toads lay their eggs (spawn) in ponds and these turn into tadpoles which live in the water. They slowly develop legs and eventually become frogs and toads and leave the pond. Make sure you have a good habitat for the adults nearby. They like a pile of wood or stones so they can hide away.