Pond and wetland creation

Pondsand Wetlands

Everything needs water to survive - Ponds and wetlands attract and sustain variety of wildlife

Since World War II, huge swathes of wetlands including ponds, bogs and ditches have been lost to make way for new houses, roads, and food production.  Over 50% of the UK’s ponds disappeared in the 20th century and Cornwall has a lower density of them compared to elsewhere in Britain. 2/3rds of freshwater species are supported by ponds, as are an enormous variety of farmland and garden birds, mammals and other wildlife. One simple way to boost environment growth in Cornwall is by digging a pond or creating a wetland habitat. 

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Here are some ways you can help:

 

Create a mini-pond in a small space

Do this by simply sinking an upturned dustbin lid or container into the ground, filling with rain water and adding plants.

Create a mini-pond in a small space

Create a larger wildlife pond

Do this using either a pre-formed pond or flexible pond liner.

Create a larger wildlife pond
 
 
 
 

Organise a community pond dig

At your work place, local school or playing field – it’s a great way of bringing people together to create an oasis for wildlife.

Organise a community pond dig

Create a mini bog garden

Perfect if you already have a leaky pond.

Create a mini bog garden
 
 
 
 

Join in

Join a local conservation group to improve existing ponds and wetlands in your area.

Join in

Get the right plants

When stocking your pond, only use native species bought from garden centres. Never take plants or animals from the wild as this can spread disease and invasives.

Get the right plants
 
 
 
 

Avoid fish

Avoid stocking your pond with fish as they can eat the spawn and larvae of our native insects and amphibians.

Avoid fish