I am now with pond! Over Easter I dug a pond in my back garden with considerable help from my husband and two superb volunteers who may even one day dig a pond of their own and thus enable me to return the favour. Although I designed it myself and used various guides and forum posts to help me decide things like how deep to make it, I owe the ‘how to’ almost entirely to Dr Jeremy Biggs of Pond Conservation, and his very fine pond-digging blog post here. I missed out some steps and sometimes went my own way but generally followed his guidance and superior pond know-how*. Thanks Dr Biggs!
Thanks are also due to my lovely neighbour, who lent us a wheelbarrow and a spade (and encouragement!).
There’s not much point in me reproducing what Dr Biggs has already written so well so I have just picked a selection of pictures showing how we made progress over the 3 days. By the fourth day I was also well on my way to having a wildflower meadow in my front garden but that’s another story!
Now I am just waiting for some more substrate to build up (dead leaves and such). I was excited to see a pond skater in there the second day but this has now left in high dudgeon due to lack of food! I think I will buy some plants at some point (not from a garden centre but very carefully selected species from a pond specialist). I now can’t wait for rain so the pond can full up!
*While I have a lot to do with pond management in my professional life I have never dug one myself and they are usually not garden-sized or for wildlife purposes!