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Wildlife Pond Handbook (Wildlife Trusts) [Paperback]

Louise Bardsley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 May 2007 Wildlife Trusts
With around 200,000 garden ponds in the Greater London area alone, ponds are one of the most appealing and vibrant small-scale wildlife habitats. Almost one in ten British gardens actually have a pond and it is seen as a growth area both by garden centres and conservation organizations alike. With this book wildlife and garden enthusiasts can discover and explore the world of ponds: from bugs, beetles and dragonflies, to frogs, newts, birds and bats. It offers clear step-by-step instructions on how to plan, design, site and build small and large ponds for wildlife and is full of suggestions on how to encourage different plants and animals. Also included are details on a wide variety of plants, tips on how to maintain your pond through the seasons and clear, annotated diagrams on its construction.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Holland (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845171411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845171414
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Louise Bardsley is a Conservation Officer with English Nature where she is responsible for a range of protected sites. An environmental sciences graduate, she then pursued a PhD on amphibian conservation. She has worked on freshwater habitat conservation for many years and has a particular interest in reptiles and amphibians. She has authored scientific papers, research reports and a major publication on wetland restoration (The Wildlife Trusts Wetland Restoration Manual). Louise lives in Sussex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic book with loads of great illustrations. It supplies you with all the information that you need to create a wildlife haven in your garden. Unlike some books, this appears to be written by an expert in her field with an in-depth knowledge of the native species required to keep an ecosystem in a balanced healthy condition. A must for all those people who wish to create a sustainable wildlife pond that is healthy and long-lived, and not just a pretty quick fix as many books illustrate.
A joy to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value, but off topic 14 Mar 2012
With a RRP of 10.00 the 1.99 Amazon charge is of excellent value for a book of 80 pages including colour photos.

However as others have mentioned there is not many pages dedicated on how to build your pond and looking after it.The majority is taken up with what types of wildlife visits gardens and ponds,how to build bat boxes, etc.

No explanation on laying underlay despite a photo,or what different types of liner or underlay there are.Also no information on other ways/ materials to build a pond.

Still its a good general nature read more adapt at explaining wildlife in your garden,and how to attract.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The wildlife pond handbook 30 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Very attractive book with many large, full colour, illustrations. Quite a lot of pages devoted to descriptions of insects and other pondlife and their life-cycles. Although this was interesting, it was a large part of the book and I would have preferred to have more detailed information on the practicalities of dealing with problems in ponds and pond maintenance. I would describe this as a book for someone dreaming about having a wildlife pond in the future, rather than one for someone who has just inherited a big, smelly garden pond with nothing much in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildlife friendly advice 1 July 2013
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Beautifully illustrated, and lots of information on the wildlife we may attract to our gardens. Would have like a few more designs or plans to follow, otherwise an extremely useful book of reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good all round guide 26 Sep 2013
By Unknown
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Lots of information about creating and maintaining a pond to attract wildlife. Great sections on different kinds of pond plants and wildlife living both in the pond and close by. Would definitely recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 11 May 2013
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If you are like me and haven't got a clue how to make and look after a wildlife pond, then this book is perfect! It covers all aspects, like location, water quality, which liner to use, filter or no filter etc, water depth and generally all do's and don't's.
A well illustrated book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book... 14 July 2012
By Steve
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A superb book full of useful information and photographs. Anybody interested in wildlife ponds will find a wealth of information in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildlife pond handbook 13 Jan 2012
By Kay
Excellent handbook with lots of information for attracting wildlife to both garden ponds and larger ponds and lakes.I am really glad that I bought it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild life trust pond handbook.
Very informative, and interesting, book. Found it very useful.
Published 1 month ago by roybart
5.0 out of 5 stars really good clear guide
I've used this book LOADS since I bought it, its great. Its really clear and concise and easy to use. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cl moss pebble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great book with lots of information and lovely illustrations. It has lots of interesting facts on how to make the best wildlife pond, giving you inspiration for planning and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Oxford mum
4.0 out of 5 stars As it says in the title
I have had this book a couple of months and the pond is going well thanks to all the information in it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Helen Luya
3.0 out of 5 stars What about SMALL gardens- and I mean small !
there are no ideas for very small gardens -and people who want what Charlie Dimock called `a puddle`!
A lopt of gardens have VERY limited space !
Published 17 months ago by Betty Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
verybook rey informative and easy to read, lovely illustrations and photos with a great bug spotting guide at the back, highly recommend for kids and adults.
Published 19 months ago by ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book but not quite what I was after.
This book is nicely put together with lots of diagrams and pictures. It contains information on making a garden pond, different height plants that could be used and there is a... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Jasmine
4.0 out of 5 stars the wildlife pond handbook
Dispatched promptly and as described. A good all round reference book containing information for setting up a pond. A good basic guide, easy to read and understand.
Published on 28 May 2012 by tidnsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable value
This book is excellent for the cover price. Good info on plants and wildlife. I agree with other reviews that more photos would have been good. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by TopMod
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