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Pond creation is a great way of attracting wildlife into your back garden, school or park. Even the smallest amount of water is greatly benefical as a place to drink, take refuge or breed. You do not have to have a large area to create pond - even an upturned dustbin bin will do.

Follow these easy steps to create your very own wildlife pond.

Step 1. Buy a liner, this rigid one cost £50

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Step 2. Use sand to mark out the base of the pond

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Step 3. Carefully dig slightly larger than the marked area

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Step 4. Mark out the shelves and dig again

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Step 5. Checking levels are really important, check both along the pond's length

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Step 6. And across!

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Step 7. Use sifted soil and sand to back fill around the pond's edge

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Step 8. Once level, use sand to line the pond and shelves to provide firm support to the pond

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Step 9. Fill it up with tap water or let it fill naturally with rainwater

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Step 10. Add a variety of suitable water plants, including oxygenators. Minature water lilys are offer great cover & hopping spots for frogs.

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