How to make a Garden Wildlife Pond....

A strange subject for a stock photography website you may think, and you'd probably be right. But anyway, I decided to combine this garden project with an opportunity to create some different stock photos.

So.... a wildlife pond. Basically a garden pond which will be left to attract whatever wildlife decides to take up residence.

And how did I start....

...................................I dug a hole! This is ~ 2.5m x 1.8m, with a depth of ~ 60cm in the middle section to ensure that there is always some part of the pond that is not frozen in Winter. The far end is ~ 35cm deep, with a shallow area at the front at around 15cm deep. It's important to remove as many of the stones as possible to prevent perforating the liner when filled with water.

Next, line the pond with plenty of sand or old carpet - I used double thickness carpet underlay, followed by the butyl rubber liner itself.

Then fill with water, and allow the liner to fit into the corners of the hole.

Now comes a tricky bit - trim the excess liner leaving an overlap of ~ 30-cm on the grass. Cut out the turf in a ring around the pond, leaving ~ 5cm around the edges. Lay the excess liner over the edge and into the trench left by the turf and recover. Mine loked like this at this stage, yours may well look better! :

So now that just leaves the plants and finishing touches. Use oxygenating plants, as well as plants to give surface cover. A rocky area creates a shallow part for wildlife to bathe in. This is how mine looked after I'd added the plants and stones:

A bit sparse, but bear in mind that just 3 days before this, the whole area was a lawn!

So now I'll just sit back and wait for the plants to take hold and the wildlife to move in.....there might just be a few more photos of this in the future. (Hey, I might even get a duck....we all know how Dreamstime needs some more duck pictures!)

Photo credits: Ian Wilson.

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September 16, 2010


Thanks for all the comments!

Achilles - I'd heard that too about ponds. The plants I've bought from a local supplier who grows them in huge but beautifully clear ponds - I'm hoping that the microrganisms etc will be present in the water/soil that came with these plants. The "final" pic I uploaded was taken just after I'd put the plants in, and the cloudyness is from the loose soil disturbed in the pots - it looks pretty clear now that this has settled.

I won't be adding any fish - but a frog has taken up residence already!


September 16, 2010


Ian, I've heard that you need to go to a local lake with a very clean recipient and get some water from there (get a boat or from a pier, not from the shore) then poor it in the middle of your pond. They say it will help your pond's water to become clean and fresh. It's some sort of chemistry and micro-organisms that once poured into the middle of your pond will help it. Also, it seems that local plants will be better for the entire pond not just for themselves. Don't be tempted to add fish, it will not work.
Never tried this, but I've seen it in several places.

September 15, 2010


Good instructions! Thanks for sharing!... CanĀ“t wait to see new photos with the ducks...:D LOL!

September 15, 2010


great idea

September 15, 2010



September 15, 2010


Great job, congratulations!

September 15, 2010


Very cool! A great project with many benefits for you to sell and enjoy. I will patiently await the wildlife.. especially the duck. :)

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