How to Stop Herons Eating Your Pond Fish

Herons are majestic birds - but they can be a severe hazard to water features, ponds and outdoor fish habitats.

In this guide, AllPondSolutions explains some of the best heron-proof pond netting ideas and ways to keep your water features safe from predatory bird species.

Can Pond Netting Protect Fish From Herons?

Netting for ponds is one of the most cost-effective solutions to deter herons from targeting your fish - but you need to ensure you choose suitable pond nets.

Ideally, your water features should be protected with small mesh pond netting, sized to ensure slim beaks and necks cannot reach your water and won't become trapped.

Another savvy option is to suspend your pond netting at least 60 cm above the water surface, with taught pond nets that won't bend with the weight of a bird.

Choosing the Right Netting For Ponds

Our Predator Protection Pond Cover Nets are one of the most effective ways to protect your fish from becoming lunch.

It's also worth picking up extra Pond Cover Netting Pegs, as the pond nets must be fitted appropriately and able to withstand attempted attacks to remain suitable.

The Power of Plants to Safeguard Water Features

As well as fitting safe netting for ponds, you can use the natural elements of your water features to deter herons:

  • Growing tall Pond Plants is excellent since herons need a 360° view to stay alert - and won't be attracted to ponds with an enclosed bank or emergent plants.
  • Vertical sides on water features are also a deterrent, as herons prefer sloping banks. However, we'd recommend implementing grab holds or other safety precautions if you opt for this design to prevent other species such as hedgehogs from risk.
  • Lower water levels make it harder for herons to fish from the edge of your water features, so a level 60 cm or more below the bank can be helpful.

Finally, if you have a persistent heron problem, you could consider installing Waterfall Blades or a fountain.

Sprays of water make it harder for herons to see and catch fish, although a fountain is best combined with netting for ponds to ensure the entire surface area remains safe.