Create A Mini-Wetland At Home

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A fun activity to do at home which benefits the wider environment

WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes is huge area of wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Since the 1940s, it has been dedicated to protecting wetlands and saving wetland species. The mission is to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives and conserves these special places for the future. Now you can take part in conservation by following these steps to create a mini-wetland at home, aiding learning about the environment as well as making a positive impact.

Creating a tiny pond

A tiny pond is suitable for any size of garden that you can dig. At ground level, you’ll attract all kinds of water-loving creatures to your outdoor space, such as frogs and newts or thirsty hedgehogs.

This project is…

  • Quick and easy – under 30 minutes to assemble
  • Great to get children involved with adult support
  • Only a tiny diggable area
  • Birds, frogs, bees and butterflies will love this wetland

What you’ll need:

  • A washing up bowl or wide garden dish (or any other similar sized watertight container)
  • Small stones or gravel
  • Pebbles, rocks or twigs (to act as stepping stones)
  • Aquatic plants
  • Find the right spot: Your tiny pond should get plenty of light, but not be in direct sunlight all day. Avoid placing the pond under a tree, as it will fill up with leaves. Dig a hole just bigger than the container and lower in, filling in any gaps around the edges.
  • Make it safe for creatures: Put a layer of clean gravel or small stones in the bottom of the container. Put yourself in the place of a creature such as a frog that might live in the pond or a creature such as a hedgehog that might fall in. How will you get out? Make an escape route using pebbles, rocks or twigs.
  • Fill it with rainwater: Water from a water butt is ideal. Or you could let it fill up naturally from direct rainfall – this won’t take much rain to fill.
  • Add your plants: Add a few aquatic plants to your pond to oxygenate the water and provide shelter for wildlife. You could choose frogbit (similar to a lily) to float on top and spiked milfoil (green and feathery) as a submerged plant.

WWT London Wetland Centre, a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the Barnes area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

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