272 pages, colour photos
Wildlife is a more significant and mainstream issue for gardeners than when this best-selling book was published in 1985 as How to Make a Wildlife Garden. Fully revised, updated and freshly illustrated, this new edition brings RHS research and best practice to a multitude of controversial areas: from the use of pesticides to bird boxes, bird tables and planting for birds; whether tidiness in the garden is a good thing for wildlife; the planting of native species over introduced ones; the idea of habitat creation to preserve diversity; how to attract and sustain butterflies; pollinating insects and the crash in bee populations and how gardeners are involved.
Wildlife forms an increasingly important part of a gardener's responsibility and that responsibility become integral to their decision-making processes. Future gardeners can use RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening to be better informed guardians of the planet's resources. Chris Baines is the UK's foremost wildlife gardening expert and Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts.
"This book perfectly illustrates how to make the most of the beauty and abundance of wildlife just outside your back door."
– Garden Answers
"If you have to have but a single book on the subject of gardening for wildlife then this is the one [...] an outstanding book."
– Highland News Group
"A sumptuous production, no household should be without a copy; however small your garden is, you can still make it better for wildlife."
– Natur Cymru
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Author Chris Baines has a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Urban Wildlife Partnership and writes for BBC Wildlife, and is nature correspondent for BBC Gardeners' World magazine.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners, creating hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducting research into plants, pests and environmental issues affecting gardeners.