RSPB Gardening for Wildlife: New edition

RSPB Gardening for Wildlife: New edition

by Adrian Thomas


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There is something uplifting about having butterflies in your flowerbeds, frogs in your water feature and birds in your bushes, and knowing they're there because of you. Rich in detail and accessible in style, Gardening for Wildlife is the crucial companion to novices and expert gardeners alike. Adrian Thomas dispels myths and offers new insights and ideas, helping everyone understand what to do so gardens, large or small, can become ideal homes for wildlife.

Building on the success of the award-winning first edition, this expanded and updated edition reflects new research and developments in nature-friendly gardening.The book serves as an expert guide to the practical aspects of this rewarding pastime and educates readers about the ecological principles involved, while exploding commonly held misconceptions that often deter people from pursuing a kinder approach to gardening.

Adrian Thomas provides a detailed guide to the many and varied species of flora and fauna that can contribute to a natural and healthy garden. There are practical sections to help you create entire habitats, such as woodland and meadow gardens, and a catalog of the top 400 best garden flowers, shrubs and trees for wildlife, each illustrated in a color photograph. If you love wildlife and want to encourage more to visit your garden, this inspirational book will help you sow the seeds and reap the rewards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472938572
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: RSPB Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.69(w) x 11.36(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Adrian Thomas is a lifelong birdwatcher and naturalist, and has worked at the RSPB for fifteen years in a wide variety of roles. After contributing for many years to BirdWatching magazine, his writing now also regularly features in Nature's Home and Garden Answers, and has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

5 Foreword

6 Gardening for Wildlife

7 Why Everyone Should Garden for Wildlife

8 Myth-busting

16 So What Is Gardening for Wildlife, Then?

18 How Wildlife Sees Gardens

23 Gardening for Wildlife at a Glance

25 The Right Home for the Right Species

26 Gardening for Birds

68 Gardening for Butterflies

82 Gardening for Mammals

94 Gardening for Reptiles and Amphibians

100 Gardening for Bees

106 Gardening for Dragonflies and Damselflies

108 Gardening for Moths

112 Gardening for Creepy-crawlies

121 Gardening for Primitive Plants and Fungi

123 Creating Different Habitats

124 Making a Woodland Home

128 Making a Scrubland Home

130 Making a Wildflower-meadow Home

134 Making a Heathland Home

136 Making a Cornfield Home

138 Making a Wetland Home

144 Making a Hot-rot Home

146 Gardening for Wildlife in a Big Garden

148 Gardening for Wildlife in a Small Garden

150 Balcony Gardening for Wildlife

152 Low-maintenance Gardening for Wildlife

154 Gardening for Wildlife in the Function Zone

158 Gardening for Wildlife in the Leisure Zone

160 Gardening for Wildlife in the Production Zone

162 Gardening for Wildlife in the Aesthetic Zone

166 Gardening for the Planet

172 The Top 400 Garden Plants for Wildlife

213 Gardening for Wildlife Calendar

227 Measuring Success

231 Acknowledgements

231 Recommended reading

232 Index

239 Photo credits

240 The RSPB

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