What is the environment of a pond?

What is the environment of a pond?

A pond is a small area of still, fresh water. It is different from a river or a stream because it does not have moving water and it differs from a lake because it has a small area and is no more than around 1.8m deep.

Is a pond a natural environment?

A pond is an area filled with water, either natural or artificial, that is smaller than a lake. Ponds are small bodies of freshwater with shallow and still water, marsh, and aquatic plants. Ponds may be freshwater or brackish in nature.

What is a living thing in a pond?

In a large pond you may find mammals such as water voles and water shrews – and birds like ducks, herons and kingfishers. Even the smallest pond will have a population of amphibians (frogs, toads and newts), small fish e.g. sticklebacks, and a huge variety of invertebrates (minibeasts).

What is pond water made of?

Pond water contains two major groups of substances as shown in the attached chart: dissolved substances made of gases, minerals and organic compounds; suspended particles made of non-living particles and very small plants and animals, the plankton* .

Who lives in a pond?


  • Pond-skaters.
  • Water snails.
  • Leeches and worms.
  • Water beetles.
  • Water boatmen.
  • Freshwater mussels.
  • Larvae (caddisfly, alderfly, dragonfly and damselfly to name a few)

Is pond water safe to swim in?

Yes, you can swim in a backyard pond as long as the pond is big enough and the water is clean. A pond needs to be free of harmful bacteria and large enough to support a swimmer without destroying its ecosystem.

Is it safe to eat fish from retention ponds?

These heavy metals are of concern to scientists because they are toxic to many plants and animals. It’s illegal to fish from retention ponds, but state environmental officials say people would not want to eat fish with those metal levels anyway.

What kind of life does a pond have?

Life in a Pond A pond is a fascinating habitat to study, a good one teeming with a great variety of both animal and plant life. The community (all the species of animals and plants present) in one pond may be quite different from that in another, even if the ponds are close together.

How does pollution of ponds affect the environment?

Pollution of Ponds. They do not poison the wildlife but the rich supply of nitrogen causes the water plants, especially algae, to grow very quickly. The plants use up so much oxygen during the night and during decaying processes that there is none left for the other pond-life. The growth also prevents sunlight reaching the organisms below.

Why is it important to clean the water in a pond?

Pollution of Ponds. The water in a pond must remain clean if it is to provide a healthy environment for the organisms (animals and plants) living in it. The natural waste from the living and dead organisms is ‘recycled’ by special tiny organisms called bacteria. Plenty of oxygen is needed for the bacteria to ‘break down’ the waste.

What makes a pond different from another pond?

The community (all the species of animals and plants present) in one pond may be quite different from that in another, even if the ponds are close together. This is because most pond animals cannot travel from one pond to another.

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