Question About Introducing Fish to a Wildlife Pond

Hello all. I'm new and have a question. Over a year ago we made a wildlife pond, fairly big at about 12m X 7m. The location is rural and the primary reason for making it was to improve the habitat for birds. We've had many species come to the pond including Grey Wagtail and Grey Heron. We took the decision not to introduce fish as we wanted to encourage amphibians (who have yet to come). Last week we were surprised and delighted to see a Kingfisher perched in the bushes beside the pond! Of course we want her to come back but as there are no fish, she's unlikely to stay long. So I am now thinking of introducing some sticklebacks or maybe rudd. Opinions please.

  • Hi Mistle Thrush welcome to the community from Sheffield.

    Blimey that a swimming pool not a garden pond LOL.

    I know if it was mine and I had seen a Kingfisher I would introduce some fish and if you can't get nice views from the house I would set a hide up/shed and put a perch in the pond for it.

    Regarding Amphibians every couple of years we have a Newt survey done on my patch and the guys that do it told me last year in certain Reed beds we don't get Newts because of the amount of Sticklebacks in them, but if you don't get Newts that could find your pond it shouldn't be a problem.

    Good luck...slightly jealous of Sheffield lol.

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  • Hello Mistle Thrush & welcome from not so sunny Suffolk. We have a pond, no as big as yours and currently there are no fish in it, we have lots of newts, dragon fly/damsel fly larvae and other insects like water boat men. When our kids were young we did relent and let them put sticklebacks in and they ate all the newt spawn and larvae so its a question of one or the other, From our experience I would say fish are not compatible with just wildlife, with your size pond though you might have the size to make it sustainable for both. We've also had Kingfisher stop by in the past and only 10 days a heron landed on the lawn but now we don't have any fish. Just newts and insects but the pond does bring in many, many birds. Good luck with your decision.


  • Thank you both for your replies. I’m undecided. I followed the current advice of not introducing amphibian spawn last spring. Apparently there is an amphibian disease which is spread from pond to pond by moving spawn. I thought I would let nature take it’s course for a few years to allow colonisation by amphibians. We’ve sen the odd toad but they didn’t breed this year and I suspect a Grey Heron ate them. I was taken aback by seeing the Kingfisher and now really don’t know what is best. I would love to have her as a regular visitor.