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The Wildlife Pond Book Create Your Own Pond Paradise for Wildlife

Handbook / Manual
By: Jules Howard(Author), Kate Bradbury(Foreword By)
160 pages, 300 colour photos
The Wildlife Pond Book
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  • The Wildlife Pond Book ISBN: 9781472958327 Paperback Sep 2019 In stock
Price: £16.99
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Ponds are vital oases for nature.They are nursery grounds, feeding stops and bathing spots; they are genetic superhighways and vibrant micro-ecosystems each brimming with life, interactions and potential. And they are for everyone.

The Wildlife Pond Book offers a fresh and unique perspective on ponds, encouraging readers of any budget to reach for the spade and do something positive to benefit their shared neighbourhood nature. With up-to-date, clear guidance on a range of innovative pond designs, this new book aims to encourage a wider audience to connect with freshwater habitats and offers readers unique and creative tips on how to observe, study and enjoy pond wildlife through microscopy, dipping, torching and traditional wildlife spotting.

Written by zoologist,science writer and conservation practitioner Jules Howard, The Wildlife Pond Book will be filled with creative ideas never before put to paper (and not found online) that Jules has trialled over ten years of pond building and kept secret… until now. This will be the go-to pond guide for swathes of the British population, no matter how big their outsides pace.


Foreword by Kate Bradbury
Introduction – the wonder of ponds
      What makes ponds so special?
      Prehistoric ponds
      Ponds and civilisation
      The birth of the ornamental pond
      The state of Britain's ponds
      Hidden values of ponds
Chapter 1 The ideas stage
      Considering creatures
      Where to place a pond
      Holding water
      Profiling your pond
      Shaping your pond
      Tonics, pumps and filters
      Considering tub ponds
      Considering patio ponds
      Considering classic garden wildlife ponds
      Considering larger garden wildlife ponds
Chapter 2 Preparing your pond
      Preparing your patio pond
      Digging the classic garden wildlife pond
      Digging a larger garden wildlife pond
      Pond features – nesting sites
      Pond features – warming up
      Pond features – safe places for pond wildlife
      Pond features – feeding spots
      Pond features for pond watchers
      Connecting up your ponds
      Safe pond designs
Chapter 3 Managing your pond
      Problem plants and algae
      Controlling problem plants and algae
      Repairing leaks
      Drought years
      Ponds in winter
      De-silting ponds
      Your pond and pollution
      Management jobs throughout the year
Chapter 4 Planting up your pond
      Sourcing pond plants
      Planting zones
      Deep-water planting – submerged plants
      Deep-water planting – floating-leaf and free-floating plants
      Shallow-water zones
      Wetland and pond-edge zones
      Invasive pond plants
Chapter 5 Pond animals to look out for
      Worms and worm-like creatures
      Flies and their larvae
      Water beetles
      Water bugs
      Pond crustaceans
      Pond snails
      Mites and spiders
      Dragonflies and damselflies
      Caddisflies, mayflies and moths
      Frogs and toads
      Snakes and reptiles
Chapter 6 Exploring your pond
      Pond dipping
      Safe pond dipping
      School ponds
      Nighttime visitors
      Through the lens
      Plugging into the science
      Temporary housing
      Your pond and its food webs
      Taking inspiration from nature
Useful organisations
      Organisations able to provide specialist advice
      Statutory conservation agencies
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Jules Howard is a UK-based wildlife expert, zoology correspondent, author, science writer and broadcaster. He writes regularly for the Guardian, BBC Wildlife magazine and contributes regularly to the BBC. Part of the freshwater conservation sector for more than ten years, Jules has been involved in designing and implementing hundreds of pond projects, specialising in accessible educational ponds that offer people opportunities to see, study and discover the wildlife beneath. He has been part of BBC Wildlife's expert panel (specialising in freshwater biology) for more than 10 years. Jules is also a Patron of Froglife, the national wildlife charity.

Handbook / Manual
By: Jules Howard(Author), Kate Bradbury(Foreword By)
160 pages, 300 colour photos
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