by Anya Dimelow July 12, 2019

When we get hot, we want to cool off, and animals are no different. Even England can get very hot, and it’s not always easy for animals to find water. Building a little water feature is one of the best things you can do to help wildlife! 

What you need:

  • A washing-up bowl or bucket. (If recycling an old one make sure there are no holes in it, and that any soap is rinsed out thoroughly with warm water.)
  • Some gravel or sand.
  • A few big stones, bricks or logs.
  • Some pond plants.

 


What to do:

Step 1: Dig a hole big enough to fit your bucket. 

Step 2: Pour some gravel or sand into the bottom of your bucket for insects to burrow into. Don’t use soil, because this might cause algae to grow and affect everything within your pond. 

Step 3: Surround the pond with some smaller stones to make it look natural.


Step 4: Make sure the animals can get out by putting an exit and entrance. This can be done by resting a couple of bricks, larger rocks or logs either side of your pond.

Step 5: Fill the pond! Rainwater is best so plan in advance and try to collect some from buckets and watering cans. However, you can also use tap water.


Step 6: Add some pond plants! Ask at your local garden centre for pond plants that oxygenate (ox-ee-jenate) the water (meaning they create oxygen for the animals to breathe). Hornwort is a great plant to start with.


Step 7: Now sit back and wait! Animals will love using your new water feature for a quick bath and, in a few months, it may even attract some frogs!

 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


In other Eco Kids Planet News

Jellyfish final
Make your own: jellyfish

by Elise Chalumeau May 12, 2021

What you need:    An egg box Coloured tissue paper Fabric scraps Ribbon, sequin string, lace, cord, etc Yarn Beads Glue Scissors   What to do:    Step 1: Cut the egg box up into sections. Carefully make a hole in the top of one section with a sharp pencil point. This will be your jellyfish’s bell....

Monthly competition: Baby Animals
Monthly competition: baby animals

by Elise Chalumeau April 30, 2021

In our ‘Baby Animals’ issue, we asked you to create an information card for ababy animal. Thanks a million to everyone who entered the competition! Weloved learning some interesting facts about baby animals. Congratulations to our five winners! Amy, age 10, Richmond, Canada   Chloe, age 7, Worthin...

Monthly competition: Wetland Creature
Monthly competition: wetland creature

by Elise Chalumeau March 30, 2021

In our ‘Wetland Wildlife’ issue, we asked you to design your own wetlandcreature. Thanks a million to everyone who entered the competition!Your creativity was out of this world! Congratulations to our five winners! Finley, age 6, Woodbridge "Chinese Black Western Greater Vole" Here is my wetland c...