Hello everyone! Recently I came up with the idea to build a pond in the yard of my countryhouse (it sounds fancy but it isn’t lol, it’s just a medium sized patch of land with a pool and a small log house with basic facilities, but if im honest idk what the proper term for it would be in english) so the local wildlife can get a drink and so it facilitates their observation.
The thing is, as I researched into pond building most if not all pages recommended using some sort of lining for the bottom of the pond, but I didn’t want to since im hoping it will host several different plants and aquatic wildlife (and also cause I want it to be as natural as possible and I was lowkey worried about microplastics?). So I got digging and made a hole (3m long and 1,5m width i think) and made sure to have different dephts and such. In the middle of it I left a circle of soil so it acts as an “island” in which to plant a tree.
So once the hole was done I added water and hoped for the best. I only go there once a week so I was unsure if by the time I came back there would be any water left, but upon checking it again it was filled to the brim! I procedeed to add a few water plants, and today I added more as well as a few water snails and two tadpoles (all was gathered from nearby areas, didn’t add too many tadpoles cause I was worried they would starve since the pond is new). I also set up some half hollowed logs so water critters can use it as cover/housing. Lastly I planted some rosemary and lavander, cause they supposedly help drive away mosquitoes and we have dengue in the area, so that was a major concern.
So does anyone have any advice or ideas to improve upon? So far all has gone well, but I worry that when summer comes the pond will dry up super fast. I built some “channels” on the bottom that connect the shallow part to the deeper part, so it can be used as a corridor if water levels get too low, but im not sure that would be enough. I also plan to add some local fish (Austrolebias bellottii) once there’s enough plants around, as well as plant a laurel tree in the “island”. This is my first time ever building something like this, so I wanna make sure I get it right. Here are some pictures I took of the pond in its current state:
And a list of some of the animals that live in this area:
-Pampean cavy (Cavia aperea)
-European hare (Lepus europaeus)
-Black and white tegu (Salvator merianae)
-Southern Lapwing (Vanellus chilensis)
-Chalk-browed mockingbird (Mimus saturninus)
-Rufous hornero (Furnarius rufus)
-Great kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
-Frogs (I think they might be Argenteohyla siemersi but im not sure)