We recognised the need for a greater area of wetland than the old pond provided, and so in 2018 created a quarter acre lake in low lying area of the field into which water from the field would naturally drain.
The lake lay over deep clay and so needed no artificial lining or pumps, and filled rapidly over the next few months and now is already attracting native flora and fauna and should continue to improve over the next few years.
And now it looks like this.
It has a way to go yet. We’ve planted some native plants and the water is gradually clearing as well as filling with life. Swallows hunt over it during the day, replaced by bats at dusk.