To create an ideal habitat that attracts our native amphibians, your pond should have shallow edges which allow them easy access/exit. At least one of the shallow edges should ideally taper off into an area of uncut grass or rough ground made up of moist vegetation such as leafy mulch. The pond will require shaded areas ideally for the inhabitants to hide in and get out of the sun, however this should be from low canopy marginal plants, over hanging trees should be pruned back to allow some sun light as the pond and its inhabitants will require this to thrive. Some of the best plants for these animals are water violets and marsh marigolds which once established will offer a wide canopy and offer a good shelter from the sun.
Frogs, newts and toads will also benefit from leaf piles, rocks, logs and garden debris which hold moisture, and are ideal for hiding and getting out of the sun. Newts and toads will use these as places to hibernate, whereas frogs tend to hibernate in the pond.
The free advice guide booklet below details our native amphibian species and some tips to identify them.
Possible Summer Visitors
During the spring and summer months you may well be visited by a few more visitor`s to your pond. They will either be there to feed, breed or just have swim. They are all harmless and if you are wary of any just leave them well alone and they will leave you alone!