Water for wildlife
However, this value can be greatly increased if the pond is well designed and maintained. Learn how to plan, build and maintain a pond that's great for wildlife.
The importance of ponds as a habitat
Of all the habitats you can create to help wildlife, a pond is probably the most effective.
A well-designed and maintained pond is a haven for all sorts of plants, birds and animals. It is a complex habitat full of algae and plants, scavengers, predators, herbivores, decomposers and parasites. Some species spend their whole life in the pond, for instance water snails and small crustaceans, while others use it for only part of their life cycle, such as pond skaters.
A pond provides essential drinking and bathing water for birds and mammals. If you plant a range of plant species around the edge, you’ll encourage an even greater diversity of wildlife.
Wildlife in ponds
Create a pond
Planning a pond
All water can help wildlife in some way, but if you plan your feature or pond carefully it can be a super-home.
Create a mini-pond
Water brings a magical quality to your garden, and is the key to life for so many creatures.
Supporting communities to help nature thrive
RSPB and Barratt Developments PLC are working together to develop resources that support communities to help nature thrive in their gardens and balconies. Read about our wider partnership and commitments to nature-friendly homes.