The Smalls are very keen on bringing wildlife into our garden - which suits me fine as apparently wildlife friendly = very untidy. Or so I thought until we visited the glorious Standen (more on this another time - if you have even the faintest interest in the Arts & Crafts Movement you simply HAVE to visit). Tucked in various locations around the gardens we found their palatial, and really very tidy, bug hotels. We will be making one of these but I don't think ours will be nearly so pretty ...
Anyway, last year we decided that we needed a little pond. In previous years we have had large populations of baby froglets hatching from spawn laid in abandoned rainwater filled seed trays, and we thought it might be kind to give them a proper place. Space is at a premium here, plus we do have a lot of small visitors so a big pond was out of the question. But we did have room for a washing up bowl sunk into the ground and filled with a couple of water clearing aquatic plants.
It's not the prettiest creation, and it has become the resting place for various bits of broken pots, but if you peep underneath the largest one, you can see someone seems to like it.
This chap had a friend with him the other day, who I've since encountered wandering around the garden. Might we have some tadpoles later on?????
Edited to add: Zoe from Scented Sweetpeas has a far prettier tiny pond and instructions on how to make it too!