Part I Ponds - siting and design: siting; formal; informal; semi-formal; wildlife; bog gardens. Part II Building ponds: materials and tools; marking out and levelling; excavating; flexible liners; rigid liners; using concrete; puddled clay; filling ponds. Part III Other water features: waterfalls and streams; fountains and spouts; lighting; edgings; decking, bridges and islands; bog gardens. Part IV Planting hints and tips: design; techniques; submerged plants; floating plants; deep-water plants; marginals; waterside plants. Part V Increasing your plants - propagation. Part VI Introducing wildlife: fish; insects and molluscs: amphibians and reptiles; birds and mammals. Part VII Seasonal maintenance. Part VIII Troubleshooting: top ten problems; discoloured water; maintenance; structural repairs; neglected ponds; predators; seasonal problems; problems with moving water; planting solutions; wildlife issues; redesigning; safety.
Richard Bird has practiced gardening since childhood and is the author of over thirty books including Garden Answers: Ponds, Garden Answers: Pruning, and Small Garden Solutions, all published by Hamlyn. He has edited a number of gardening magazines and also lectures widely as well as doing regular radio broadcasts.