512 pages, 1700+ colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps
Turn your garden into a wildlife haven by growing the right plants to encourage beneficial insects, aquatic life, backyard birds and animals. A Gardener's Guide to Wildlife and Birds and How to Attract Them includes illustrated directories of over 200 plant species, from annuals, bulbs and pond plants, to shrubs, trees and climbers, with practical advice on cultivation and uses. It features 80 of the most common garden bird species, with identification illustrations and natural history information on distribution, size, distinguishing characteristics, nesting, eggs and feeding habits. It shows how to create beautiful borders, ponds and meadows, and how to make all kinds of birdhouses, birdbaths, bird tables and wildlife stacks. It is illustrated with over 1700 stunning practical photographs.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating and maintaining a garden lies in the feeling of closeness to nature. These two books, written by award-winning gardening experts, give advice on how to create a range of wildlife gardens, with suggestions for the best flowers, shrubs, hedges and trees to grow. There are 25 projects for tables, nest boxes and birdbaths, as well as directories of over 200 wildlife-friendly garden plants, from woodland and countryside locations to town and city environments. With its helpful practical advice and over 1700 beautiful photographs and illustrations, this is the ideal source book for gardeners, bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Christine and Michael Lavelle are lecturers in horticulture and ecology at Writtle College, Chelmsford, UK. They won the Garden Media Guild Practical Book of the Year Award for How to Create a Wildlife Garden. Jen Green is a writer specializing in nature, the environment, geography, history and social issues. She holds a doctorate from the University of Sussex, and worked in publishing for 15 years before becoming a full-time writer. She has written over 200 books.