Earlier this year my husband and I decided to get our six year old twins their first pet. Ideally we wanted a cat, but our landlord wasn’t keen on this idea, but he did suggest a goldfish perhaps or a rabbit.
After much deliberation we decided on a rabbit! Our girls named him Snuggles, and he’s become a big part of our family.
Since introducing a rabbit to our children, they’ve become more and more interested in animals. Initially they loved learning all about rabbits. I’d look online for random facts about them to tell our girls. For example, did you know that rabbits aren’t able to vomit?
Anyhow, after our girls learned lots of interesting things about our adorable bunny, they soon wanted to learn more about other creatures.
That’s why back in June I ordered a kit online that would allow our girls to raise butterflies. You can read all about this here. They were intrigued watching the caterpillars slowly move around, crawl up to the top of the cup and then turn into chrysalis!
They were even more excited when the butterflies hatched out and they could feed them! When it came to releasing them, it was lovely to watch them all fly away! Our girls learnt all about the life cycle of a caterpillar, and it was brilliant!
Keen to embrace their thirst for learning, I thought why not build a garden pond. We could get some fish and maybe other creatures would be attracted to our pond.
Having never built a garden pond before, I did some research online. Essentially there are four steps.
- Marking out the perimeter of the pond
- Digging the area your pond will go
- Line the pond
- Fill the pond
Of cours, I’ve made that sound very easy, but there’s a bit of elbow grease required! Bradshaws Direct is a website that can offer you some items that you’ll need to build your pond. Here’s a handy list of what you’ll need:
- Craft knife
- Hose – for marking out shape
- Plank – long enough to reach over pond
- Spirit level
- Wooden pegs
- Butyl liner
- Pond insulation liner or old carpet
- Paving or turf for edging
- Soft building sand
Once our pond is built, we’ll pop to our local garden centre for some advice on what fish will be best for our pond. Our girls are really excited about this, and they can’t wait to see what other types of wildlife will be attracted to our garden!