Drying out is bad for the pond’s wildlife.
Fact: seasonal ponds can support specialised populations, including frogs and newts
Ponds should be at least two metres deep.
Fact: areas less than about 60 cm deep have the greatest wildlife value.
The bigger the better.
Fact: Ponds can be very small and support a wide variety of life.
Ponds should not be shaded by trees.
Fact: some wildlife depends on woodland ponds and shade can also provide variety.
Dredging is needed to stop choking by vegetation.
Fact: vegetation is the basis of pond life. 100% cover can be excellent – but not algae, duckweed or problem plants.