Choose between a fish pond or a wildlife pond as you cannot combine the two, the fish will eat the wildlife!
Also note the pond profile is slightly different depending on which type you intend to build. A wildlife pond doesnt want to be deep, it should have one end sloping to a beach enabling wildlife to exit the pond and perhaps a boggy area with plenty of plant cover for more timid creatures to hide in.
A fish pond must be at least 0.4m deep to prevent freezing over winter and would usually have a stepped planting shelf for pond marginal plants.
Once you have chosen the location for your pond, away from over hanging trees and shaded from continous direct sunlight, think about the overall water surface size and shape you want, the liner needs to be buried below the turf or paving so remember the overlap too.
Use our handy pond liner calculator (below) to determine an approximate liner size then compare the suggested size to the list of pond liners available and the quantity of underlay packs required (2m x 5m pond grade underlay).
If the size you want is not listed above then give us a call on 01480 405433 as any liner from 2m x 2m up to 40m x 45m can be ordered through a Retailer for direct home delivery.
Box welded, circular, L-shaped, stepped... pond liners can be made to your specifications.
Fountains and waterfalls, pumps and filtration
Fish ponds need to be well oxygenated: we recommend that you install a fountian or waterfall feature and a filtration system. The table shows roughly the maximum water capacity of your pond to help you select the right equipment. The shape and depth profile of your pond will affect its capacity
Wildlife ponds do not require a pump: get some oxygenating plants which release oxygen into the water naturally. Requiring minimal maintenance, your pond will quickly attract a variety of wildlife: dragonflies, damselflies, pond skaters, water beetles, frogs and even toads and newts.