A pond can be described as being a small body of water which is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the bottom allowing the growth of rooted plants at its deepest point.
Ponds are generally considered to be man-made bodies of water and smaller than a lake. Man-made bodies of water larger than a lake are generally considered to be reservoirs. Whichever description one chooses and whichever size a pond may be, all healthy ponds form a freshwater environment for an abundant species of wildlife. They form an environment for all sorts of small creatures to develop as well as an environment for molluscs, worms and crustaceans to flourish.
Ponds allow amphibians to live and breed. All this allows predators such as the Grass Snake and the Water Vole to prosper. Also the small flying insects which ponds sustain allow bats to feed and prosper in the vicinity. Larger ponds attract swimming birds such as the Mallard and the Coot, as well as wading birds such as the popular Grey Heron. Ponds have always fascinated children and adults often find the still water perfect for contemplation and reflection.