This pond was designed specifically to give water, food and shelter to birds, insects and amphibians. Unlike an ornamental pond, a wildlife pond has most of the surface area covered with plants to keep the water fresh and provide cover from predators. Here, we also created a bog garden to the side of the water, with lots of marginal plants – this helps to ‘settle’ the pond into the surrounding garden and give it a sense of place. We have also kept lawn to one side of the pond so that our clients can get close to the water and enjoy watching the wildlife come and go. The absence of hard edges helps to make the pond feel informal and look natural.