Photography And Filming In Your Own Garden - Part 3 - Amphibians
Not only is water important for the birds visiting your garden, it's also important for all your other visitors: foxes, hedgehogs and whatever else may be around. The structure doesn't have to be big or deep and it doesn't have to be permanent.
If, like me, your prefer a low maintenance garden, this is an ideal way to bring in more wildlife.
I used breeze blocks, paving slabs and bricks to shape my water feature and then just covered it with pond liners to hold the water in. It's not complicated at all. No cement was used, so I can alter the shape or the route of the feature if I want to.
It doesn't have to be a level structure either - but it would be advantageous if you were able to cascade one section into another. This way you always have some water movement when it rains and a natural filtering process. You can also add a small lump of clay to one of the higher sections to help with the quality of the water. Stones and pebbles become areas for good bacteria to live that will also help maintain good water quality.
Please remember to overlap the lining from the higher levels over the lower levels or your water will disappear! You don't need deep areas either. I have frogs breeding in my garden every year and the deepest section is around 7 inches. They will also spawn in the shallower areas of about 4 inches.
It's not too late to create this part of the garden - get cracking though. If your neighbours have frogspawn in your garden, that's even better than moving them at the tadpole stage.