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Ponds: Creating and Maintaining a Wildlife Pond (Countryside) [Hardcover]

Chris McLaren
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Book Description

18 May 2009 Countryside
These beautiful additions to any land provide homes for some of our most important indigenous wildlife: plants, insects, fish, amphibians, birds and even mammals. A limpid pool edged with rushes, the humming of damselflies, the croaks of frogs and the swooping flight of swallows will be a microsite of the best of the countryside. Pond expert Chris McClaren introduces the reader to the world of ponds: how to create one, how to maintain one and how to introduce wildlife to this idyllic pool and help it thrive. All your questions are answered here. What plants are indigenous and will have positive environmental impact? What cover to include around the pond so that it links to a suitable 'wildlife corridor'? What fish are sustainable in a pond of a small size? How can I make sure the pond is safe? What will the pond be like through the seasons? To help create and conserve our wildlife and to discover the delights of creating a micro-ecosystem take time to create a pond.

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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: National Trust Books (18 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905400756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905400751
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris McClaren is a pond expert with an avid love of wildlife. He has also worked in publishing at MacMillan, Faber and Faber and also Tempus. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the amateur and professional 28 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am a countryside ranger and ecologist and although I already know a great deal about managing ponds, this is the first book I have found that is supremely useful. The book details methods of maintaining your pond so that wildlife can thrive in it. It also details how to set up a new pond, step by step. It has been useful to me as a professional who works frequently with ponds, but considering that the book is so easy to use and doesn't swamp the reader with scientific jargon I imagine it would be very useful for the average-joe/jane in his/her back garden. Its also quite small so you don't have masses of pages to read.

If you want to attract more wildlife to your garden and your existing (or planned) pond then buy this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great introduction to ponds 3 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because we'd like to create a smallish wildlife pond in the garden. This book gives a lot of food for thought when it comes to choosing a site, plants etc. There is also a good section on the history of ponds in England, which helps to understand your pond in the wider context of the local surroundings. I can't wait to start building the pond now! The book hasn't got many illustrations and isn't very detailed on the building aspects, so for those aspects you'll probably need another guide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 31 July 2013
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Easy guide at a glance book but could do with more about general garden ponds in it... But for the money worth it
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