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9781914902093

The Science of Garden Biodiversity The Living Garden

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    9781914902093

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    1914902092

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2024-06-11
  • Publisher: Pimpernel Press

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Summary

You step out of the back door into the garden. There may be a few birds flitting around, perhaps butterflies or bees on the wing. But often the garden can seem very still. The plants are growing quietly – to do so they sense and respond to the world around them.

However, although the surface of the garden is typically calm and still, if you look beyond the superficial inactivity there is a web of wildlife to explore, to understand and then to encourage more biodiversity.

This book shows how data and science can help to dispel myths, such as that wildlife gardens are great for wildlife (and other gardens aren’t), that a garden fit for wildlife must be ‘wild’ and that you must grow native plants. It also provides an understanding of how diverse life can be in gardens and how gardens function ecologically. And along the way there are scientific ‘signposts’ to better wildlife gardening.

Learning more about the ecology of a garden helps us understand and appreciate what makes a garden work and how this may lead to a more thoughtful and constructive approach to gardening and garden design, following the science to make gardens work for biodiversity.

Author Biography

Dr Julian Doberski has three degrees: BSc Zoology (Southampton), MSc Forestry (Oxford) and PhD Biological control using fungi (Cambridge). He has thirty years of teaching at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (all levels) – which latterly became Anglia Ruskin University (1992) (teaching Ecology at degree level) and a year teaching A Level. He is the author of The Science of Compost (Pimpernel Press, 2022). He is currently retired.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Wildlife in a garden
Chapter 2 – Garden biodiversity: endless variety
Chapter 3 - So many habitats and gardens large and small
Chapter 4 – Garden flora: Native vs Weeds vs Aliens
Chapter 5 – Plants and insects: conflict and coexistence
Chapter 6 – Plants, animals and garden ecosystems
Chapter 7 – Ecosystem services in gardens
Chapter 8 - Gardens and species recording
Chapter 9 - The nature of garden soils
Chapter 10 - Natural Enemies: a gardener’s little helpers
Chapter 11 - Garden plants, herbivores, pollinators and pollination
Chapter 12 - Succession and Rewilding
Chapter 13- A Resumé: discovering and promoting biodiversity in gardens
Appendix – Survey methods for garden wildlife
Glossary
References

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