Pond fact and fiction

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.