How to Build a Wildlife Pond: Part 6 – Planting, Hibernaculum and Finishing Touches

| April 3, 2012 | 13 Comments

Watch in HD. Series of videos showing the construction of a large wildlife pond at a school in Gosforth, Newcastle (North East England). The pond has a beach area, dipping platform and hibernaculum and is planted with native plants. This video shows how the planting and hibernaculum was completed. Plants used as follows: Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga) Water mint (Metha Aquatica) Yellow flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) Mares tail (Hippurus vulgaris) Starwort (Callitriche verna) Bog bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) Soft rush (Juncus effussus) Green rush (Juncus ensifoliatus) Pendulous sedge (Carex pendula) Native white water lily (Nymphea alba) Creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) Common heather (Calluna vulgaris) Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) Thanks for watching. Check out my other videos on the Pond Construction playlist.
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  1. pondguru says:

    Since we get so much wet weather in England, we’ve often just got to get on and work in the rain – especially since I’m self employed.
    Thanks for watching and appreciating.

  2. Delegacionmalaga says:

    Congratulations, great work, both the pond and the video edition. I´m surprised you´ve done all the work on your own, and worked even with rain (I´m a Spaniard, and we don´t work when it rains, ja, ja). Thank you very much.

  3. warofthewalruses says:

    I love watching you slam that plant in at 0:48. it’s kind of funny.

  4. pondguru says:

    Thanks for watching and appreciating, man.

  5. sujaysukumar123 says:

    I watched parts 1 to 6…all of them were amazing….wow!!!

  6. pondguru says:

    It could support a few fish no worries but they would eat all the dapohnia which in turn eats suspended algae so the water would lose its natural balance so would require a filter with UV clarifier to keep the water clear. I will try to get back and do a video if I am in the area.

  7. ZephZhang says:

    This is just the pefect step-by-step for a pond newbie to watch. I hope that you get to do a follow up after the pond is a year or two old. I’m curious to know if this could support a few fish.

  8. pondguru says:

    No problemo.
    Thanks for watching.

  9. LlaniPhone says:

    Definitely NOT painful to watch. This is an excellent series! Thank you for posting!!

  10. pondguru says:

    Thanks for watching. I tried to trim it down to just the important stuff, but there was alot of important information for this style of pond – much more than with a koi pond.
    Thanks for sticking it out. lol

  11. pondguru says:

    You need special liquid to prepare the liner and adhesive. In a dish shaped pond it is much easier to doin than in a pond wit shelves and other features. For a coarse fishing pond which was lined, ideally you would line it, cover the liner in a layer of clay based soil then build your features / fish shelters on top of the liner so allow for this by having concrete pads under the liner if building islands out of blocks on to of the liner.

  12. SKExotics says:

    Job well done! I loved every installment!

  13. billyarseface says:

    I though as much. How would you join the lining? Using a blowtorch?

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