The key ecological benefits of a Biotop natural swimming pond are built around its creation of a balanced and stable aquatic habitat.
Natural ponds are planted with a mixture of British native plant species including:
Yellow Flag Iris (iris pseudacorus)
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris)
Sweet Galingale (Cyprius longus)
Hornwort (Ceratophyllum spp.)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
White Water Lily (Nymphaea alba)
These are of particular benefit in rural areas which have seen a large scale decline in wetland and field pond numbers over the last 50 years, leading to a loss of habitat and species.
These plants and the carefully designed profile of the pond create a suitable habitat for a host of native fauna. With particular focus on important and endangered native species like Dragon and Damsel fly larva. The pond will also provide a breeding ground for a variety of semi-aquatic species and key species including newts and frogs.
The wide variety of medium sized fauna, plus the supply of a regular source of water, make the ponds an attractive resource for larger species such as foxes, badgers and birds.