Here’s something to pond-er in the garden

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Greetings Chipsters! Here at Dunyelpin I’ve decided to embark on a new project in my garden – building a pond. As a pup I loved collecting globules of frogspawn and watching them swell and separate into a wriggling flotilla of tadpoles.

If you’re inquisitive like me, the garden pond, where the frogspawn was first plundered, can reveal a hidden world of delights.

Brightly marked sticklebacks, secretive newts and shining black water beetles can all find themselves imprisoned in jam jars once small imaginations have been stirred.

Most garden ponds will attract some wildlife but with a good, clean pond and if you live in the right area, there is every chance you can attract some pretty unusual wildlife from great crested newts to even water voles.

Even the most basic pond will attract frogs, dragonflies and water beetles, but with a bit of care a huge array of unexpected species can appear, from grass snakes, newts, crayfish, toads and a weird and wonderful array of aquatic insects. A wildlife pond also creates the right habitat to draw in feeding bats and birds.

Early spring is as good as any time to start digging your wildlife pond and amazingly, it will start to attract the first species within a few hours of being filled.

But don’t despair if you have a small garden. Placing a plastic tub about 50cm by 75cm in a small space can still attract frogs, damselflies and water beetles, meaning you can ditch the jam jar for good. The pond is one of our most ignored wild places, so why not have a go. Chip chip for now, Chipper.