A pond is a still body of water that is smaller than a lake. Ponds are usually shallow enough to support rooted vegetation across most or all of their areas.
Farm ponds are manmade and often too deep in the middle to have rooted plants.
Visit almost any pond and you’re bound to find lots of life. They have a great variety of organisms in this rich habitat. Whether the ponds are natural or manmade, they are a great place to see animals and plants.
Life in the water is not the only place to see things. Ponds with lots of plants growing along their edge provide cover, food and homes for many different kinds of animals too.
Farm ponds have been constructed all across the continent bringing many people the opportunity to experience the many benefits a wetland environment can provide.
Those ponds allowed to grow a bit more ‘wild’ and natural will have more places for animals to find food and shelter.
The variety and number of animals in a pond habitat is often surprising.
At first a new pond is rather sterile but as a pond ages it will attract more and more kinds of animals like frogs, fish, spiders, birds, different insects and plants as well.
Plants are a critical link in the food chain - without plants, a pond cannot sustain life.
At times the plants may become too numerous but a healthy pond should never look like a swimming pool!