The bug shape - it's just for fun! It has been designed to inspire you about all the creatures that live in the pond. Because it's safe “We can get really close and see all the tiny creatures wiggling, darting and shimmying about”
The eye shapes in the liner are shallow viewing trays. It’s where you have the best view of the really tiny creatures. Kneel down and hold the bars. Get as close as you can and you will see them squirming, crawling and shooting about!
There are lots of different types of animals and plants that need different homes in different places. The different depths and shapes give them all somewhere to live and interact with each other.
You can go pond dipping. The head part can unlock and open. It swivels out of the way, to rest on the body. You can also get your nets in between the bars if you want to. Clear plastic cups are even better than nets because you can see the creatures moving naturally and you can see all the really tiny creatures.
There are lots of interesting things to watch and learn about so you can visit the pond in all sorts of lessons, not just in science!
The Bugzone is an ideal focal point for your outdoor space. In no time at all, your Bugzone pond will be teeming with life and a thriving habitat. Your pupils will be engaged and it’s easy for teachers to use, resulting in quality learning experiences for everyone.
The Bugzone is brilliant for supporting science and horticulture in the curriculum. Awesome free downloadable curriculum guides have been specially written for us. They contain lots of ideas for using the pond across every subject with each key stage.
Possibilities for interesting projects are endless. Projects for Gifted and Talented pupils, a focus for non-conventional educations, intervention projects and more. Keep your pupils busy with ongoing projects to enhance your wildlife area. Amphibian hotels, piles of decomposing matter, connecting the pond to a rainwater butt, making a hide, making imaginary nests, using carpet off-cuts as regular viewing spots. These are just a few examples that children will love and be able to see quick results that work!
For Early Years the pond forms an engaging introduction to science and a fun way to encourage social development, team work, communication and language, handling tools, using books for reference, storytelling, mathematical skills, understanding the world, art and design, and anything else you can think of!
In Key Stage 1 pond study becomes a really exciting venture. Hopefully, they will have pond dipped before, so they will have some knowledge and understanding of what will happen and what they will find. You can introduce good scientific practice to make predictions about what they might see, in order to compare them with the results of their finds.
By Key Stage 2 pond dipping becomes a scientific topic all on its own. The children can take on a larger role in planning their activities and can be involved in the organisation and development of the topic. This can provide a great context for data handling, for example, producing a ‘School Guide to the Pond’.
Working with SEN there's great potential to use the sensory benefits of water together with the fascinating micro worlds within to engage with all children.
If your school is keen to develop SMSC the Bugzone can help. Your Bugzone wil become a living part of the school and an essential resource for all age groups. It will increase understanding of the natural world and inspire a sense of awe and wonder.
If you're keen to anchor your school at the heart of your community there are opportunities here too. It’s a fantastic focus for intergenerational projects, a great meeting place, a catalyst for conversation… need we say more?
If you're cultivating plants for practical purposes, ponds are a vital part of organic gardens. They provide habitats for a variety of beneficial species that feed on pests that would eat seedlings and fruit. Pond plants are vigorous aquatic versions of terrestrial plants with some of the most unusual and spectacular flowers in the garden. Iris, water lily, water mint, and marsh marigold are superb examples.
The Bugzone is safe, accessible and simple to look after. It is a wildlife pond designed for clear visibility of plants and animals, diverse habitat development and easy maintenance. No knowledge of pond keeping is needed and installation is straight forward.
It complies with our FMEA risk analysis ensuring complete safety. The safety cover is fixed to the pond liner with marine grade, tamper proof bolts. The access section is padlocked securely closed.
The Bugzone is a quality long lasting product. The safety cover is made from galvanised and powder coated steel. The pond is made from UV stabilised fibreglass. So it will last for over 30 years!
It’s big enough to be a home for lots and lots of creatures and small enough for you to look after, year after year. The pond is 65cm deep, 2.4m long and 1.5m wide. The cover is 40cm high. The depth keeps the bottom of the pond at a regular temperature. This is crucial for a healthy, diverse habitat.
The liner is blue so you can see all the creatures really easily. It's easy to plant up the pond, simply follow the diagram in the instructions.
The ramp is to ensure any visitors can get out again. This is a gentle slope with a rough surface. Grown up hedgehogs are too big to get through the bars, but young ones really like swimming and often drown in ponds without a suitable exit. Other creatures use it, such as frogs, toads, newts, and insect larvae that need to leave the pond to develop into adults. This is also a bird bathing area with a good standing area whatever the water level.
The pond is fitted with overflow pipes, one lets water out if it rains too much and the other can be joined to a rainwater container to fill the pond if it’s too dry and there’s not enough water. You can put an amphibian hotel over the overflow pipe. It will help to keep their home damp.
Maintenance is straightforward. You can take the whole cover off (or just reach through the bars) once a year and wipe over the viewing trays and shelves with a sponge. You will need to thin out the plants occasionally to let the sunlight in. The plants we take out can rest on the cover so creatures can wriggle back into the pond, then we can put the plants into the amphibian hotel. This will be great for the frogs, newts and toads. They look for damp, dark, warm places to hide and feed.
In the winter the pond is still thriving. See what is living in the pond throughout the coldest months and watch animals visiting the pond to drink. They leave fantastic footprints in the mud and snow if you miss them! The winter kit makes it easy to look after the pond. In the autumn, we can throw a leaf net over the cover to stop too many leaves getting in. When it is going to be icy, we put plastic balls in the water so we can take them out when has frozen leaving a hole in the ice for the water to breathe and spaces for animals to drink. Some snow can be scraped off to let sunlight in as the oxygenating plants will still be producing their steams of oxygen bubbles for the water creatures to breathe. Pond plants need sunlight for photosynthesis too.