We have three artificial ponds, which help to attract birds and create better quality habitats. One of the ponds is divided into three sections. One of them, which is not very deep, has a reedbed which is visited by different species of birds. In the middle section, which is the deepest, we have small fish that feed mainly on larvae, including mosquitos and dragonflies. The third section is less deep but equally full of insect larvae, such as mosquitos, cavalinhos-do-diabo, dragonflies, damselflies, great diving beetles, mayflies, among others, which are the favourite food of diving bell spiders, viperine water snakes, newts and frogs.
The vegetation around the ponds is a great refuge for most of the animals that depend on it. The relationship between these species and the existing abiotic conditions are essential for a good ecosystem. The great biodiversity of species found in this area shows how importance this biotope is. These artificial ponds are maintained by rainwater and treated wastewater. They are an excellent habitat to attract some of the birds that we ring in our garden, such as kingfishers, common wasbills, Eurasian reed warblers and Southern masked-weavers.