Birds are a delight in the garden, not only for their beauty and birdsong but also because they eat many harmful garden pests. This book contains a wealth of feeding ideas for backyard birds, from seeds, grains and peanuts to fruits, suet cakes and fat balls, and suggestions for the best flowers, shrubs, hedges and trees to plant to encourage birds into the garden. There are step-by-step projects for tables, nest boxes, birdbaths and birdhouses that will enhance and decorate your garden, and How to Attract Garden Birds also features illustrated directories of the most common garden birds in the UK and in the USA, from woodland and countryside locations to town and city environments, with information about identification, distribution, habitat and feeding habits. With its helpful practical advice and superb photographs and illustrations, this is the ideal sourcebook for all wildlife enthusiasts Learn what to feed garden birds, from seeds, grains and peanuts to fruits, suet cakes and fat balls, as well as how to attract birds by planting the right flower borders, trees and shrubs, and by making wildlife hedges and ponds
- Features practical step-by-step projects for making your own feeders, tables, birdbaths and nest boxes, from simple designs to highly ornamental creations
- Includes a visual directory of all the most common garden bird species, with natural history information on distribution, size, nesting, eggs and feeding habits
- Explains how birds live – from flying and feeding to egg-laying and migrating – with a guide to birdwatching in urban, country, woodland and aquatic locations
- With over 760 beautiful photographs and illustrations.
David Alderton is an international best-selling authority on birds and their care. He is the former chairman of the National Council for Aviculture and is a consultant to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, based in Washington, DC.
Consultant Dr Jen Green is a writer mainly specialising 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.