Homeowners looking into having timber garden bridges installed should also spare some thought as to what kind of flora and fauna they’d like to have in their gardens as well. A garden bridge is the perfect opportunity to have a watercourse of some sort running through the yard – and what better way to complete the design project than by bringing in some wildlife as well?
Fish is the obvious choice and you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a huge variety of different types you can go for. It all really depends on the kind of overall effect you want from your garden. Do you, for example, want people to be able to see your fish swimming about? In which case you’ll need a surface fish, such as goldfish which might seem like an obvious choice but they’re very durable, easy to keep and look after, and can survive in most temperatures outside.
Another really popular choice for surface fish – and it’s not hard to see why, because they are incredibly beautiful – are koi carp. There are lots of different breeds to choose from, but bear in mind that they don’t do well during prolonged bouts of cold weather.
As an alternative, why not look into bottom-feeding fish instead? Gudgeon would be a great choice because they’re native to the UK so used to our temperamental weather. They’re also relatively small so suitable for ponds and waterways of all sizes – and they can look after themselves so don’t worry about putting them in with bigger fish.