Big Pond Dip

The Big Pond Dip – what’s living in your pond?

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We know that one of the best things you can do for wildlife in the garden is to put in a pond. But amazingly nobody really knows what you need to do to make a great wildlife garden pond. So, this survey is now open as an ongoing survey to help  us find these answers.

The results will help us answer the questions like: What’s the best size and depth? How important is really clean water? What should the edges be like? Is there enough shallow water? How much plant cover do I need?

Once you’ve created your pond there are lots of other questions too. How should I look after my pond? What should I do to safeguard wildlife during the winter? How do I manage algae, blanket weed and invasive plants?

There are lots of myths about making ponds in garden – and the Big Pond Dip wants to try to get to the real truth.

By taking part in the Big Pond Dip, you are helping us to find out what is living in garden and school ponds, to start answering some questions.

The information you gather will begin to tell us how good garden ponds are for wildlife. It will also help us to tell what types of pond support the most animal life. We will use this information to give advice about how to make garden ponds even better for wildlife.

Pond dipping is something that childhood memories are made of. It’s a veritable, underwater micro-safari waiting to be discovered at the bottom of your garden, village plain or school quad. So, why not relive those memories, and help us at the same time?