Ponds can be small or large bodies of water that are typically shallow and surrounded by vegetation. Our UK domestic garden ponds are found up and down the country, they generally fall into two (2) main categories, garden fish ponds and wildlife ponds. They can be natural or man-made and are often home to a variety of aquatic plants and various animal species.

Ponds – Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden

Ponds often vary in size and depth, with some being very small, maybe just a ‘backyard’ container of some kind holding a few fish. I remember having an old ‘china sink’ in my parent’s backyard when I was a kid to keep my sticklebacks and minnows in, which I caught at our local pond. On the other hand, an ornamental Koi fish pond can cover many many square meters/yards.

A wildlife and or garden fish pond is a ‘popular feature’ to incorporate when planning to undertake any garden landscaping, a pond adds a tranquil and natural element to any outdoor space.

In designing gardens for wildlife the main aim during the design is to attract wildlife and provide suitable conditions (an oasis) for them, as the term suggests, such as birds, bees, butterflies, frogs, insects and other local wildlife. Your garden or wildlife pond is home to aquatic plants and fish like koi carp which is another popular more formal fishkeeping pastime.

Some form of pond structure is often designed in more ‘formal’ larger gardens with various other features such as waterfalls, fountains, and bridges, enhancing their aesthetic appeal and creating a soothing atmosphere. A thriving pond can also provide opportunities for gardening enthusiasts to cultivate water plants and create a diverse aquatic ecosystem.


Overall, garden ponds generally serve as focal points in garden design, adding beauty, tranquillity, and ecological value to outdoor spaces. In our pages and post below we explore further the many aspects of garden ponds, their creation, planting, stocking, maintenance and much more. We provide a ‘pond’ month-by-month maintenance checklist, just check out our gardening month-by-month pages.