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28 Garden Pond Ideas For a Little Wildlife In Your Back Garden

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1. Raised Garden Pond

1. Raised Garden Pond

Check out this lovely raised garden pond. Raised ponds are a great way to prevent accidental falls or Rover diving in, and it also means you don’t have to dig out tons of soil and stones – result! 

Imagine perching on the edge to watch the wildlife and listen to the tinkle of your mini waterfall. So relaxing.

2. Small Garden Pond

2. Small Garden Pond

Here’s the simplest of small garden ponds – a stone basin filled with water and lily pads. It’s cute, easy to manage, and will still attract wildlife – look out for dragonflies and frogs. You might have to top this up in very hot weather (try to use rainwater), but it’s worth the effort.  

3. Small Garden Pond Design 

3. Small Garden Pond Design

Here’s an interesting idea for a small pond design. 

Love the way water trickles from a beautifully coloured over-turned urn. This keeps the water from stagnating and will attract plenty of wildlife – look closely and you’ll see a spider has already moved in to deal with pesky flies for you. Sit here fly-free listening to the tinkle of water. Heaven.  

4. Garden Pond Design

4. Garden Pond Design

Here’s an easy-on-the-eye modern garden pond design with no fountains or stones in sight – just sleek decking straight into the pond.

Hidden away at the back there’s a way for wildlife such as hedgehogs to access the water and to climb out again if they fall in. That’s a very important aspect of a pond, always make sure wildlife can escape. 

5. Garden Pond Waterfall

5. Garden Pond Waterfall

Here’s a beautiful garden pond waterfall that fits right into the surroundings. 

The pebbled waterfall surface is attractive to wildlife especially birds who will wash and drink from the clean, shallow water. Waterfalls also help keep a pond oxygenated and prevent smelly stagnation. It sounds relaxing too, so everyone is happy. 

6. Garden Pond Edging

6. Garden Pond Edging

This shallow garden pond has easy to maintain pebble edging which not only looks Japanese and very zen, it’s the perfect pond edging for wildlife as it gives safe access to all creatures great and small.

This edging has also created plenty of hidey holes and the evergreen shrubs give cover to frogs and toads that want to take up residence. 

7. Garden Fish Pond

7. Garden Fish Pond

Check out this modern garden fish pond – loving the rectangular shape and sheet fountain to keep those fish swimming in fresh water. 

Fish don’t mix well with wildlife such as frogs as they tend to eat the spawn, but birds and hedgehogs will come for a drink so do make sure they have an escape route such as a pile of stones in one corner of the water.  

8. Garden Pond for Small Gardens

8. Garden Pond for Small Gardens

Here’s the perfect sized pond for a small garden. It doesn’t take over the available space.

This is a great design for urban gardens. Brick-built edges mean it’ll last and it will attract plenty of wildlife with those pond plants including traditional lily pads. 

9. Easy Garden Pond

9. Easy Garden Pond

What could be easier than filling a large container with water and adding a few rushes? Nothing – so that’s why this design is the easiest pond! 

There’s no need to rake out leaves or worry about falling in, just top it up and enjoy the wildlife it brings. This easy pond has a small water feature to enhance the surface. Choose a solar-powered one for the simple life. 

10. Natural Garden Pond

10. Natural Garden Pond

This is a great natural garden pond because the planting is thick enough to cover the brick and plastic work. Wildlife will love the shelter and enjoy hiding out there when it’s hot.

The tiered water levels are perfect for all mammals to safely drink – it’s an idyll for frogs, newts, hedgehogs, and even grass snakes. Not to mention you!

11. Corner Garden Pond

11. Corner Garden Pond

Here’s the best corner garden pond! This would tuck away in any right angle of your garden. 

Built from sturdy railway sleepers you could sit on the edge and enjoy watching the fish or wildlife. Love the way large plants soften the corners but don’t take over the water. 

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12. Garden Pond Planting

12. Garden Pond Planting

Choosing the right plants for a pond will attract plenty of wildlife. Lily pads are a favourite and they add cover for frogs or fish.

Around the edges marsh marigolds, yellow flag iris, and rushes are appreciated by wildlife and look pretty. If you plant tall pond plants dragonfly larvae can climb the heights to dry out their new wings.

13. Garden Fish Pond Design

13. Garden Fish Pond Design

Who wants a fish pond that runs the length of the garden? I do! 

This fish pond design is really unusual and blends modern with traditional. The modern sheet waterfall contrasts wonderfully with the rounded stones and small bright fish. It would be a pleasure to sit out here on a hot afternoon or warm evening just appreciating the view. 

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14. DIY Garden Pond

14. DIY Pond

You don’t get quirkier than this DIY garden pond! 

It’s a recycled bath complete with a shower head as a waterfall. This looks like something from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – completely mad and totally brilliant. The towel rail – just too funny.

If you like to have unusual designs in your garden surely this is the best pond ever.  

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15. Garden Pond Landscaping

15. Garden Pond Landscaping

Landscaping a pond means you can use all kinds of interesting ideas such as this hexagonal pond. It really stands out and joins the decking to the lawn, but is still wildlife-friendly with its planting. It could do with a small ladder or stone pile for mammals to escape though – we have to look after our hedgehogs. 

16. Garden Pond Lighting

16. Garden Pond Lighting

These beautiful bubbles light up a pond and fit the water theme! 

Lights make your pond safe to be around at dusk and these lights are not so harsh they scare off all the potential wildlife. Children might imagine a huge whale beneath the surface blowing up bubbles. 

Imagine sipping a relaxing drink here after a hard day. It’s hard to beat. 

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17. Koi Garden Pond

17. Koi Garden Pond

If you want koi you’ll know how expensive they are. After you’ve paid out all those hundreds of pounds you’ll want the best view!

This koi garden pond gives you the best side views through windows. It’s a great idea to add some shade too, koi don’t like it hot and it might put off any passing herons that fancy a snack.

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18. Garden Pond Fountain

18. Garden Pond Fountain

Larger ponds look fabulous with multiple sheet fountains. These bubble fountains don’t splash and cause too much noise – plus they look like giant bubbles! 

Smaller ponds would look great with just one or two of these and they especially suit modern gardens that don’t want a traditional urn or stone fountain. 

19. Above Ground Garden Ponds

19. Above Ground Garden Pond

One of the best reasons to have an above ground garden pond, other than the lack of digging, is the opportunity to create extra seating. 

The seats around this pond are perfect perching points for a relaxing coffee and book. Above ground garden ponds keep Rover at bay too – no-one wants a dripping wet dog and traumatised fish!

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20. Contemporary Garden Pond Design

20. Contemporary Garden Pond

A round hole in the ground isn’t the only way to build a pond. This contemporary pond is a real eye-catcher and will attract wildlife. 

Love the bridges and soft lighting that allow you to take a good look down – it’s perfect if you have koi. The square shapes echo the fence and bring it all together to create the best contemporary garden pond around.

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21. Garden Pond Water Feature

21. Garden Pond Water Feature

Make the pond itself a feature rather than adding a few pink flamingoes! 

This three-tier pond is beautiful and will attract plenty of wildlife. The elephant’s ear planting and brickwork complement each other well, and are those old wine bottles beneath the decking? Great ideas combined to make an unusual garden pond water feature. 

22. Garden Pond Natural Wildlife

22. Garden Pond Natural Wildlife

All the elements combine here to make a top-class wildlife pond. 

It has a shingle bank to let mammals drink safely, and the shallows are perfect for birds to bathe in. There’s a lot of wildlife-friendly planting, plus long grass spared from the mower. This pond is nirvana for wildlife. 

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23. Tiny Garden Pond

23. Tiny Garden Pond

The tiniest of garden ponds for the tiniest of creatures. 

We should all help pollinating insects and the best ways to do this are planting nectar-rich flowers and providing water. Busy bees need a drink too! 

Find a shallow container such as a heavy saucer and fill it with stones or sea glass so bees and butterflies have somewhere to safely land and take a cool, refreshing drink. 

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24. Garden Pond Plant Pot

24. Garden Pond Plant Pot

Two old zinc tubs make hardwearing and rustic looking garden pond plant pots. This is a great way to create a pond without any digging or hassle. 

Use garden pond plant pots in several areas of the garden to provide habitats for dragonflies and water for birds and pollinators. 

These tubs are placed near a hedge and wild greenery allowed to enclose the space. It’s a ‘welcome’ mat for wildlife in your garden. 

25. Small Raised Garden Pond

25. Small Raised Garden Pond

This small raised garden pond is the perfect way to encourage wildlife and still keep plenty of space on your patio. It takes up little room against the wall but creates loads of impact. 

This raised pond might seem small, but it’s enough to attract all kinds of flying insects and birds to your home. It’s the perfect pond solution for urban areas and new builds.

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26. Large Garden Pond

26. Large Garden Pond

A large garden pond is a dream when you want to encourage wildlife. 

This one is so big it has its own bridge! Sloping pebble sides make entry safe for mammals and there’s plenty of water to go round so you could expect lots of visitors. 

Love the way this pond is large, but blends into the garden landscape with plenty of natural planting. 

27. Back Garden Pond

27. Back Garden Pond

Want to enjoy a pond all year round? How about a barrel pond on the deck?

If you have a small garden or just want a little pond this is a good way to get all the elements of tinkling water, plantlife, and wildlife coming to your back door. This design is pretty unusual and you won’t have to dig out any soil or stones either. 

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28. Small Garden Wildlife Pond

28. Small Garden Wildlife Pond

A small garden wildlife pond can help out in a big way. 

This pond is a recycled butler sink with an added frog house ‘a frogilow’ for shade! There’s even a bee house just behind to encourage all sorts of wildlife. 

There’s a natural stone ramp for mammal access and pebbles on one side to stop bees and butterflies from falling into the water. And is that a second small wildlife pond behind in the form of a zinc tub? 

This is a great way to manage a wildlife pond in a small space and it creates a pretty garden feature. 

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One of the very best things you can do for wildlife is creating a water source. Our homes and roads were built over natural water points, so wildlife is always on the lookout for a drink or somewhere to breed in the case of frogs and dragonflies. 

From a large pond, to a small butler sink, to a saucer of water your efforts will be instantly rewarded. Birds and insects will appear first followed by mammals and amphibians.

If you have a birdbath – don’t stop there. Add a ground level pond so hedgehogs, voles, and toads can join the party. There are plenty of ideas above!

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