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on 15 July 2009
After two years of requests from my better half I finally got around to making a wildlife pond in an unused section of the garden. Though not much more detailed than other books on the actual construction of the pond, this book is hugely useful in the stocking of the pond so as to attract the wildlife we seek - notably frogs, toads and newts.

And there is detail the likes of which few other books provide, and certainly not so comprehensively. Page 38 has a box-out describing the use of barley straw to control algae, but with actual detail on how much to use based on the capacity of your pond.

The beauty of the book is its color photographs and drawn illustrations, but the most useful sections are the planting guides for submerged plants, free-floaters and shallow-water (bog) plants. The emphasis is on native (UK) plants and the author Louise Bardsley makes it clear about her opinion about the use of non-native species in no uncertain terms.

The joy of the planting-guide tables is that a number of web-based aquarium plant vendors have followed them, providing specific native plant sections on their web sites. Retail plant sellers haven't quite figured this out yet-continuing to sell a range of Californian and Canadian pond plants with no distinction between native and non-native species.

Finally the last section of the book - "Wildlife in Focus" is a simple compendium of the creatures your pond may attract - from water scorpions to hedgehogs, and this section is the one that ensures this book is always to hand, ready to be taken up to the pond whenever something new and unidentified is seen.
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on 2 December 2015
Good book very informative on different ponds plants wildlife etc would highly recommend to any one who as a pond or going to build one
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on 30 November 2015
A very useful booklet - but not a lot in it.
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on 13 May 2017
Perfect for small garden pond
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on 1 July 2013
Excellent handbook for anyone starting to build a wildlife pond. Good illustrations too. A worthwhile project for any garden large or small.
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on 23 September 2014
This book covered everything I need to know about building a nature pond and also raised other issues that I had not considered but will be extremely useful.
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on 14 March 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.

Nigel
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on 30 March 2006
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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on 24 November 2005
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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on 18 May 2007
An excellent book showing that the writer has an in depth knowledge of wildlife that any natural pond will need. This is a book for those wanting to develop a true wildlife pond and the pictures and diagrams are excellent. A book for all those true wildlife pond owners.
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