RSPB Gardening for Wildlife Second Edition

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-05-09
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History

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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.

Author Biography

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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