How to make a mini wildlife pond in an oak barrel

Fill your oak barrel with rainwater. Don’t use tap water – it’s got chemicals Wildlife needs to be able to climb in and out, so build up the levels inside the barrel with bricks, stones, pots, crates… You don’t always need a pump in a mini wildlife pond, but you do need oxygenating weed and other aquatic plants Create a platform for birds to bathe in Water snails from a specialist shop or from a friend’s pond help to keep the water clean Build up outside the oak barrel so that wildlife, such as frogs or newts, can get in and out.

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