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A superb new guide to the full range of wildlife in your garden. From blue tits to bumblebees and hedgehogs to hawkmoths, this guide has got it covered. Illustrated by Richard Lewington, acknowledged as one of the finest natural history artists in Europe, with the birds by his brother, Ian, one of our most respected bird artists. Extensive introduction to the ecology of the garden and the incredible array of animals that can be found there. More than 900 colour artworks and photographs of over 500 species likely to be found in a garden in Great Britain and Ireland. Easy-to-use format with artwork plates opposite text descriptions. Includes detailed descriptions and information on the life history, behaviour and occurrence of each species. Practical information on creating a pond for wildlife, making nest boxes and feeding birds.
Preface; Introduction - A nation of gardeners; Garden wildlife; Gardening for wildlife; Hands off; Identification guide to garden wildlife - How to use this section; Mammals; Birds; Nestboxes; Bird-feeders; Reptiles; Amphibians; Mayflies; Dragonflies and damselflies; Bush-crickets, grasshoppers and earwigs; True bugs; Springtails, barkflies and thrips; Lacewings, scorpionflies, alderflies and caddisflies; Butterflies and moths; True flies; Bees, wasps, ants and allies; Beetles; Woodlice and hoppers; Millipedes and centipedes; Spiders, harvestmen and allies; Slugs and snails; Earthworms and flatworms; Pondlife; Creating a garden pond; Glossary; Top ten tips for wildlife gardening; Further reading; Organisations; Index; Photographic credits.