There is no wildlife closer to us than that found in our gardens – or indeed, in our houses – so it follows that many of those creatures we love, such as foxes and ladybirds, are literally household names. However, despite this familiarity, many of the characters reveal surprising lifestyles if you take a closer look, and there is more going on in our precious backyards that we might imagine.
Did you know that slugs and snails have spine-tingly good sex; that mosquitoes can dodge raindrops and that Grey Squirrels have regular sleepovers with their neighbours? Did you realise that unemployment causes the breakdown of society in wasps, or that it takes the average spider only one hour to build a web from scratch? Perhaps it would even surprise you to know that, in this day and age, it is still possible to have three Old Ladies stuck in your lavatory? (They are moths.)
Written in an engaging style and illustrated with photographs and stunning colour paintings by Peter Partington, Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife reveals, month by month, the extraordinary hidden world of our most familiar garden wildlife.
Dominic Couzens has monthly columns in BBC Wildlife and Birdwatching magazines and writes for the National Trust magazine, Birds magazine and BBC Gardener's World. Peter Partington's painting is widely admired. Previous publications include the two forerunners in this series, The Secret Lives of Garden Birds and Secret Lives of British Birds.
'Fully endorsed by the RSPB and wonderfully illustrated, this book is part of a high-selling series, and offers information about even the most supposedly reowned creatures that will have gardeners gasping with shock.' The Bookseller (9th Nov 2007) A month-by-month guide to some of the wildlife activity you can experience in your garden. Illustrated with Peter Partington's soft wash water colours, it gives a mine of information. Publishing news (Main) February 2008 "A wonderfully written, information-packed guide to the world beyond the kitchen window" BBC Wildlife, April 2008 "Written with considerable charm and abundant wit, it is an extraordinary journey of discovery" Good Book Guide (June 2008) "This is nature writing at its very best: forensic attention to detail combined with the bigger picture, and culminating in an extraordinary revelation" BBC Countryfile August 2008