Pond Management Advice

A pond - even a tiny one - is a must for any wildlife friendly garden. However, creating and maintaining a garden or landscape pond is not always as easy as it seems. Below are tips on designing and siting your pond to get you started and advice for managing your pond.

Ponds support about two thirds of all freshwater animal species, while also providing land-based mammals and reptiles with food and water. Like many forms of habitat, the UK’s ponds have come under increasing pressure from agriculture and development. An estimated 50% of our ponds vanished in the 20th century and many of those that remain are in a poor or neglected state. 

Pond design and location

A well-designed and well-sited pond can quickly become a rich wildlife haven, attracting not only those species that we think of as aquatic, but also many other animals that come to ponds to drink water or to find food. Find out how best to approach the creation of ponds and pond complexes by clicking here.

To plant or not to plant?

It is generally best to resist planting up new ponds and 'leave it to nature' to populate, but there are exceptions. See our golden rules of planting to make sure you create a suitable and sustainable habitat for a wide range of species.

Pond restoration and management

Managed in the right way a pond will quickly respond to restoration techniques. Find out what you can do to restore you pond habitat.

Pond fluctuation

Are you worried about a pond that is dry in the summer months or water levels fluctuate? Take a look at what could be causing the problem and why some cases it isn’t actually a problem at all.


Fish can significantly reduce the wildlife value of a pond. See how best to manage fish populations in your pond. 



Ducks are part of the ecological ecosystem too but in large numbers they can cause considerable damage to a pond habitat. Find out what you can do to make sure your pond keeps a clean bill of health.



Algae, although potential unattractive and harmful, has a role to play in any pond. They can provide food, shelter and nesting sites for wildlife. Sometimes it can get a little out of hand. Find out how you should manage algae in your pond system.