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Your Lifepond emerging from Winter

Throughout the UK, we expect all ponds to be frozen for some period during the winter – but the length of time can vary so much from one year to another.

Water has the unique property of being densest at 4degC and it freezes at 0degC. This so-called anomalous property means that the bottom of most ponds never freeze – if the pond is more than about 60cm [2 ft.] deep then it is unlikely to freeze right to the bottom.

During the rest of the year, oxygen is absorbed from the surface of the water and waste gasses are released but this interchange is prevented by the covering of ice. Most water creatures are therefore programmed effectively to hibernate during the cold weather but they are not all resistant to being frozen.

Pond fish for instance are inactive at 4degC and should not be fed when the temperature falls below 10degC [50degF] because the enzymes in their gut will not digest the food. Like most fish, they will not usually survive being trapped in the ice.

Because Lifepond is free-standing above ground level, the body of water can freeze throughout in a prolonged cold spell. Only creatures such as many invertebrates will withstand total freezing. Fortunately most amphibians will have hibernated in undergrowth or some might have sought deeper water.

Lifepond can however provide a useful source of water for birds during freezing weather and we recommend pouring moderately hot water on the surface regularly.

In a mild winter, frogs can start spawning as early as mid-February in some areas. It is important to prevent the spawn from freezing and we recommend covering any pond with frogspawn near the surface with some kind of insulation such as Bubblewrap if there is danger of freezing.

Lifepond during a warm spell in winter

Lifepond during a warm spell in winter

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Attract Wildlife to Your Garden with the Lifepond Wildlife Pond

The Unique Freestanding Raised Pond
for Small Gardens, Patios and Decks

 

 

Garden wildlife thrives in Britain, in towns and in the  countryside, especially if we give nature a helping hand by providing welcoming habitats such as a wildlife pond.

Even a wildlife pond designed for small gardens, patios, and decks, can have enough water to provide a life-saving haven for garden wildlife.

The Lifepond Wildlife Pond has a unique raised pond design making it easy to install as an above ground, free standing, pond.

Patent no. 2488313  |  Registered Community Design 1675216

"A brilliant pond for small spaces & big help to wildlife", 26 March, M. B. (Lincolnshire, England.)

"So pleased! The pond is exactly as I expected! It has planted beautifully ... and I already have frogs! Am very pleased with it and wish I had had one for years!" 21 April, PLS

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Lifepond provides three different water habitats designed to attract birds and butterflies as well as aquatic life, and provides a safe haven for garden wildlife, including hibernating creatures.  And all within a compact 76cm x 96cm x 20cm high and a water volume of 38 litres (or 30 x 37 x 8ins, and a water volume of 8.5 gallons)

With Lifepond Wildlife pond we have created a totally unique environment for amphibians such as frogs and newts and for aquatic creatures.  You will be amazed at the selection of fascinating creatures which will be attracted to your garden.

Easily customisable, you can plan how your Lifepond will look. Natural, or ornamental?  Fully on view, or a secret haven?

What a brilliant way to learn more about the wildlife around you and to encourage children to find out more about their outdoor environment.

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How do I install my Lifepond Wildlife Pond?

Lifepond is so easy to install. The unique raised pond design requires no digging.  Lifepond is a self contained,  above the ground, free standing, pond.

Just place the Lifepond pond on a firm surface with limited sunlight. The compact design will fit into a tight corner. Left-handed or right-handed corners are both suitable. Plant and fill with water.

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So much Garden Wildlife to see

Your Lifepond Wildlife Pond will attract a wide range of creatures to the garden. Everyone including young children will delight in learning all about nature from the wildlife pond .

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Your Lifepond Wildlife Pond
is the Perfect Frog Pond

Frog Pond

The Lifepond Wildlife Pond is the perfect frog pond.  Designed to encourage frogs, newts and toads and to give them the home that they need.  The sloping sides of Lifepond gives the creatures access to shallow and deeper water, and the refuge will give them shelter from which they can search for worms and insects for food. These amphibians only stay in the frog pond for a few short weeks in the year during the breeding season.   Hopefully, you will see the frogs spawn, and the eggs turn into tadpoles and emerge as young frogs.

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Introduce Children
to Garden Wildlife

Ideal Pond for Children

Children are always fascinated by the little creatures found in Garden Wildlife. They are sure to spend hours watching an exciting range of insects including brilliantly coloured dragonflies and butterflies.   They will have the opportunity to see birds drop by for a drink in the wildlife pond and may even be privileged to see amphibians such as frogs use the refuge beneath the pond.  The water in your Lifepond should soon be populated by interesting creatures such as those skilful skaters on the water surface and water boatmen, What they learn here will encourage them to take a much keener interest in wildlife.

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