Frog pond design from Frog Watch
Even though the pond in the middle of the garden does looks nice, it's not why it's there. Its purpose is to make the garden hospitable to a diverse range of wildlife. The plan being that a diverse range of both predator and pray will keep the populations of all the garden inhabitants balanced. One pest predator I would love to see in the garden is frogs, but after reading this article from Frog Watch it looks like I am going to have to make a few changes to the pond before it will be considered an attractive home.
To the families disappointment, the article also warns about relocating frogs or tadpoles into a backyard pond. Not only is their legislation against it, which I didn't realise, but seldom is the relocation successful. It sounds like they are quite choosy little creatures, and like to select their home, not have one forced upon them. Which is quite disappointing as I think it unlikely for the frogs in our local creek to hop a couple hundred meters up the street and into our backyard. But we can live in hope. Regardless the pond still attracts birds and lizards, that apart from making a mess with the mulch and eating the strawberries, seem to be keeping the pests under control.