Wild About Ponds

Learn how to site and build your own wildlife pond, plant and maintain it to attract and help wildlife.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large country garden or a small urban space ponds and water features are an attractive addition to any garden design. Water is vital for all living things and an important habitat for lots of species, a pond of any size is a great way you can help wildlife.

On our Wild About Ponds wildlife pond making course you will discover how a pond is a welcoming attraction to your wildlife garden. You will discover the basics about creating a pond including:

  • How to site your pond
  • Building your pond
  • Maintaining your pond
  • Plants and planting your pond
  • Enjoying your pond – including pond dipping equipment and basics of identification of the wildlife you can find living in your pond.

You will receive a free Wildlife Gardening Information Pack as part of the course. The FSC Freshwater Name Trail will be available to purchase on the day of the course.

Is this course for me?
Wild about ponds is for anyone who is interested in wildlife ponds for their garden and wants to know more. Beginners and improvers welcome.

When and where?

Saturday 18 May 2019 –  10am to 1pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Blashford Lakes  is in the New Forest, situated to the north of Ringwood, download our directions leaflet for instructions on how to find us.

What do I need to bring?

  • A pen or pencil and notebook
  • Warm, comfortable clothing and sturdy, comfortable footwear suitable for the weather on the day and working beside a pond.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.


Jim Day – Blashford Lakes Education Officer

Education Officer at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve for over 10 years, Jim has a life-long love of all things watery, starting at an early age and a misspent youth delving around in a couple of small ponds in fields adjacent to his childhood home! He’d dug his first garden pond by the age of 12, got together with school friends to make another at secondary school and then swapped freshwater for saltwater, qualifying as a scuba diver and later a diving instructor. Jim has a degree in marine biology from Newcastle University where he also later was awarded a (Secondary Science) Post Graduate Certificate in Education. With an all-round general interest in wildlife Jim believes passionately that everyone should have the opportunity to explore, discover and enjoy our local wildlife regardless of their age and still gets a thrill out of fishing strange animals out of ponds, rivers and rock pools whether it be with a group at the Lakes or his children and their friends in the New Forest.

How to Apply

Please book through our website

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

18th May 2019 at 10:00am




Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust




Biodiversity, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Workshop & Practical Skills


Ringwood, United Kingdom

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