Make a big splash for nature
Wetlands are areas where land meets water. They include rivers, marshes and lakes. Mini-wetlands are those smaller spaces such as ponds, drainpipe wetlands and bog gardens. They are fantastic for wildlife, supporting more life per area than most other habitats.
Every wetland, no matter how small, makes a difference.
So get your hands dirty and give nature a huge boost. It’s easy and doesn’t cost the earth. With time running out to bring nature back from the brink there has never been a more important time to create “blue” wildlife hotspots in your gardens, backyards and communities.
If you don’t have a garden to create a pond in, why not consider creating a drainpipe wetland? Drainpipe gardens are small but mighty – virtually maintenance free – making the most of the water that comes from your drainpipes.
Encourage your friends and neighbours to get involved too. Wildlife doesn’t just need healthy habitats to live, they also have to be able to move between habitats to feed, breed or find new territories. If enough of us act, we can create vital mini-wetland wildlife corridors in our communities to help nature when it struggles most.
Have fun, get your hands dirty and help nature thrive. Follow our step-by-step videos to help you build a mini-wetland that’s right for you.
Smaller wetlands are often even more wildlife-rich, with ponds supporting two thirds of all wetland plants and animals found in Britain.
Discover the wildlife that loves mini-wetlands with our guide to the insects, amphibians and other creatures in and alongside the water.