Ideas about pond management have changed considerably in the last few decades; much more is now known about the needs of pond wildlife, the importance of protecting ponds for archaeology and the value of ponds for people.
The aim of this guide is to summarise both new and older information, in order to help individuals and community groups decide how to create and manage ponds; in particular:
* To present the management options.
* To describe good practice techniques.
* To ensure that the reasons behind recommendations are clear.
* To enable pond managers to make informed decisions for themselves.