This weekend, how about planning a life-enhancing, wildlife-friendly addition to your garden or balcony? Think about creating a pond.
With a typical British summer ahead, now's the time to install water butts to collect pond-friendly rainwater (if you haven't already) and take the plunge.
You don't even have to have somewhere to dig a hole - I bought a half-barrel from a DIY shop and put a bit of pond liner and some aquatic plants in it, and now it's home to an assortment of water beetles, pondskaters, damselfly larvae and an assortment of other wiggly things.
I've also been inspired by the recent revamp of one of the ponds here at The Lodge. I've watched newts shimmying through the water and pondskaters rowing their way across the surface tension. I'm jealous!
So I've asked my landlord for permission and now I've got the green light for a new wildlife pond. The last pond I did turned out to be pretty amazing (even if I do say so myself), so I can't wait to get started on a new one. But first I've got to come up with a cunning plan...
Have you got a garden pond, or are you thinking about making one? Let me know!