Any parent would agree that their child needs to know as much about nature as possible. For one, kids find nature fascinating. But, there’s a more serious aspect to their required knowledge. Our children are the future generation. The state of the world is bad and getting worse. So, the more your kids know about nature, the better position they’ll be in to do their bit. The chances are that you already use your outside space to invite nature into your family life. Bird boxes, hedgehog homes, and even beehives can be a fantastic addition to any garden. But, today we’re going to look at a less obvious option. Ponds are an amazing way to introduce your children to wildlife they wouldn’t come across otherwise. Here’s how to ensure your pond becomes a learning haven.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOT
In a lot of ways, the success of your pond depends on where you have it. More secluded areas are the best bet. It’s also worth picking somewhere with easy access. Creatures like hedgehogs do swim, but they’ll be in trouble if they can’t get out again. You also want to ensure the safety of anything that does use your pond. Putting a fine mesh over the top will stop cats from taking a fancy. But, this option will also stop wildlife you’re trying to encourage. A fence, or some sort of deterrent, may be a better bet. Once you’ve picked the perfect place, let your kids help dig the hole. Take a look at the wide range of pond liners on offer, and make sure to get a large enough piece! It may also be worth watching tutorials about how to lay it. You don’t want your pond seeping into the mud after all that work!
THE RIGHT PLANTS
To attract any wildlife, you’ll need plants. Creatures such as frogs and newts, use pond plants to reproduce. So, if you get the right ones, your pond should buzz to life in no time. For the most part, the plants themselves are less important than quantity. Their primary purpose will be to keep things hidden, or protected. So, make sure there are plenty of them! Certain plants are better than others. Lilly pads are, of course, a must. Reeds are also a fantastic idea, as they offer the chance for creatures to hide.
DON’T FORGET FISH
No pond would be complete without fish. These will start life in your pond, and will, in many ways, be the central learning curb for your kids. Sadly, fish won’t find their way to your garden. You will have to go out and get these. Take your children along, and let the learning start straight away. There are a few fish to choose from, and each has their benefits. As learning is your goal, avoid bottom feeding fish. Instead, surface fish should be your aim. Goldfish are often the best bet but do your research. And remember to let your kids have their say, too!