Planning a new pond? When it comes to water, quantity is important but quality is vital. Dabbling ducks spend most of their time on the surface, but many others naturally wish to dive. They will appreciate deeper water to express their natural behaviour. Don’t forget to plan in a method of emptying the pond. At some point you’ll need to remove sludge from the bottom, it smells foul, but makes fabulous fertiliser and can be spread or pumped onto the grass or garden. See more about pond design on our ponds page.