Enjoying your pond

Don't just spend time working on your pond - give yourself time to stop and enjoy it, and the fascinating creatures it contains. All sorts of birds visit ponds including pied wagtails and their beautiful (unfairly named!) cousins, grey wagtails. In the early morning you may glimpse a fox coming to drink. In the heat of the day, watch the dragonflies and other insects flying over the pond, mating and laying eggs. Look out for dragonfly larvae emerging and hatching into winged adults - one of the most extraordinary events you can witness in a garden. In the evening, don't forget to look for bats.

Use the books on ponds and pondlife listed on page 26 to discover what species you have in your pond. The easiest way to study small invertebrates is to catch them with a fine kitchen sieve, and study them in a white plastic tray. Why not build up a list of species from season to season and year to year? Eventually, you may become a pond expert yourself!

Arrowhead. Chris Gibson/English Nature

The grey heron may not always be a welcome visitor. Bob Gibbons

Arrowhead. Chris Gibson/English Nature

The grey heron may not always be a welcome visitor. Bob Gibbons

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