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Please note, this is a reissue of Chris Packham's Back Garden Nature Reserve, formerly on the natural history list of New Holland publishers.
Many of Britain's plants and animals have come to rely upon gardens as an essential lifeline as their natural habitats come under increasing pressure from human activity and global warming. This comprehensive book explains the best ways to attract wildlife to gardens and encourage it to stay there. Written in a light-hearted yet passionate and authoritative style, Chris Packham's Back Garden Nature Reserve challenges popular notions of 'weeds' and 'pests' and invites gardeners to think again about the choices they make.
Chris Packham's informative and lively text is complemented by attractive photographs and illustrations that will encourage an interest in the natural world on your doorstep, whether your 'garden' is a rural idyll or an urban window box. Chris argues that we have become so spellbound by 'nature's celebrities' – tigers, pandas and their ilk – that we are in danger of overlooking the most exciting species of all: those that we can touch, smell and observe in our own backyard.
- Foreword by Chris Beardshaw
Chris Packham is a popular television personality, as well as an accomplished naturalist, photographer and writer, whose career has revolved around promoting public awareness of wildlife and conservation. He has worked as a natural history broadcaster for nearly 30 years, on 75 series and over 500 programmes, most recently on the BBC's popular Springwatch and Autumnwatch series. His books include the successful Chris Packham's Wild Side of Town. Chris is active in many wildlife conservation bodies: he is Vice President of the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and the Butterfly Conservation Trust; and is President of the Bat Conservation Trust and the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Chris lives near Southampton.