For this year’s Wild About Gardens challenge, The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are calling on people to put in a pond. From mini container ponds to larger sunken ponds, it’s THE garden feature that can make the biggest difference to wildlife.
With much of the UK’s native flora and fauna under threat, often down to habitat loss, Wild About Gardens sees the two charities join forces to raise awareness of the importance of gardens in supporting wildlife and offer tips and advice on how to make them more wildlife-friendly.
You can find a full range of booklets, advice and inspiration on the Wild About Gardens website.
The UK has lost ponds, rivers and streams at a rapid rate and only a small amount of our natural ponds and wetlands remain. Many of these are in poor condition and 13% of freshwater and wetland species are threatened with extinction from Great Britain.* The loss of these important places – to development, drainage and intensive farming – is linked to a huge decline in wildlife, including frogs and toads, water voles and insects.
Ben Driver, Conservation Officer at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust says:
“Nottinghamshire County council have previously estimated that there are around 4,700 ponds in Nottinghamshire, however many ponds are threatened with contamination, poor management or being filled in. Anyone can create a pond for themselves which can be used as vital habitat by wildlife, imagine the positive impact a wildlife pond in every garden could have!”
Adding a pond – by digging one in your back garden or simply by filling a waterproof container outside your front door – is one of the best ways you can help wildlife and enjoy the benefits of seeing water plants, birds and bees close to home. Digging a pond is great for hedgehogs to have somewhere to drink and for frogs, newts and other amphibians to feed and breed. All ponds – large, small, dug or container – are good news for bats, damselflies, dragonflies, other insects.
Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager at The Wildlife Trusts says: