Berkshire landscapes, 8 Falmouth Road, Reading, Berkshire. Tel : 0118 961 1361.
Professional landscape gardeners based in Reading and coving the Berkshire area.

Wildlife Ponds & Habitats

Berkshire Landscapes are passionate about creating and protecting habitats to maintain the biodiversity of our native flora and fauna.

Depending on the creatures in your locality, a professionally designed wildlife pond will attract all sorts of wildlife.

With careful planning a wildlife habitat should accomodate a sheltered, well-planted, informal pond surrounded by dense, vigorously growing, moisture-loving plants which will make it a magnet for wildlife from a wide surrounding area. In order to attract the maximum diversity of creatures, it is most important to locate the feature in an area providing ample cover nearby. This will allow birds and animals to approach the pond in safety, including birds, frogs, newts, bats, small mammals such as water voles and field mice.

Careful planting is fundamental. Plants should be chosen that will sustain the ponds ecosystem, providing cover and food. Native plants and flowers are more attractive to indigenous wildlife. In a successful wildlife pond and habitat, all plants and creatures play their part in the complex food chains. We never use non-native planting or recommend stocking the pond with decorative fish as their body waste creates a build up of toxins that will upset the balance of the pond.

Still-water is perfect with no use of artificial filtration. All the filtration requirements are naturally achieved through the planting scheme, so long as the correct type and quantities of plants are used. When we discuss your requirements on site, we'll go carefully through every aspect of the design and construction with you, to ensure that your pond fully meets your needs and expectations. And of course, we'll do our best to stretch your budget as far as possible so that you can have a natural pond to be proud of!


Key factors to consider

There are many factors that need to be taken into account when designing your wildlife habitat and pond. These include the geographical location of the property, the position in the garden, the amount of exposure to sunshine and shade, and so on. A member of our team will fully discuss your options with you.

Aeration

Aeration will benefit a wildlife pond during hot dry spells of weather. It will also reduce the formation of algae during these conditions by keeping the water highly oxygenated throughout the day and night. Oxygen levels will be at the lowest during the night as the aquatic plants carry out reverse photosynthesis. Without filtration or moving water, aeration can help keep the balance of the pond during extreme weather conditions.

Lining

We normally install a high-quality heavy-duty rubber liner with a soft sand base and underlay, because that allows a more freeform shape to be achieved. The liner will then have a lifespan of over 30 years.

Edging

We can lay any preferred type of edging, or recommend a type that fits in with the design of your garden. But you may prefer to keep everything natural by using soft edging which is wildlife friendly.

Planting

We have extensive knowledge of the types of aquatic plants that attract wildlife and can recommend suitable plants and install them for you.

Call in the professionals!

Why not call us now to arrange an informal on-site meeting to explore the ways in which our skills and knowledge could improve the appearance of your garden, and your enjoyment of it?

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