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The Biodiversity Gardener Establishing a Legacy for the Natural World

By: Paul Sterry(Author)
360 pages, 900 colour photos
A personal account of – and guide to – unlocking the wildlife potential of gardens and other plots of land in lowland Britain.
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  • The Biodiversity Gardener ISBN: 9780691245553 Hardback Apr 2023 In stock
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Over the past decade, wildlife author and photographer Paul Sterry has nurtured, both through action and by doing nothing, what has become a small island of flourishing biodiversity in the half-acre garden that surrounds his north Hampshire cottage. By giving nature a free hand, and fostering habitats appropriate to this part of southeast England, he has enabled an abundance of native plant and animal species to call the garden home. This contrasts with the continued decline in biodiversity in the surrounding countryside. In this inspiring and informative book, Sterry tells the story of his own experiences in biodiversity gardening and offers detailed practical advice to anyone who wants to give nature the upper hand on their own bit of land, no matter how small.

Hampshire still retains traces of its rich wildlife heritage, but changes in land use over the past half-century have had a devastating impact on local biodiversity. Against this backdrop, The Biodiversity Gardener presents a habitat-driven and evidence-based approach, describing how any gardener can unlock the wildlife potential of their plot and enjoy the satisfaction of watching it become home to a rich array of native species, including butterflies, wildflowers, grasshoppers, amphibians, and fungi.

In The Biodiversity Gardener, Sterry explains the ecological imperative of adopting this approach. Collectively, biodiversity gardens could leave a lasting legacy – wildlife oases from which future generations stand a fighting chance of restoring Britain's natural heritage. The book encourages and empowers readers to create their own biological inheritance for posterity – and shows them how they can do it.

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  • A gardener's call to arms
    By Keith 29 Aug 2023 Written for Hardback
    Paul Sterry has lived in Hampshire almost all of his life. He has written and co-authored more than 50 wildlife books and his photographs have appeared in probably hundreds of others. Living in the parish of Pamber he has taken a great personal interest in how wildlife has changed in that part of Hampshire. He is passionate about his own half-acre garden which he has turned into a haven for nature, while around his idyllic spot, he has found others ignoring nature or indeed working totally against it – and with little opposition from local borough councillors. While this is his personal account of how he has unlocked the wildlife potential of his own garden this is also a rallying call for others to do the same. In fact, it is effectively his manifesto as to how land in lowland Britain should be managed for nature.

    The book also acts as a guide to the species you can attract to your patch of land – and although birds get a section of 15 pages you’ll find about 100 pages on insects. And rightly so – there are a lot more of them and not just butterflies and moths! Plants get just eight pages, which is less than I had expected, but this is not a book on how to create a lovely garden, it is a rallying call for all of us to give our native species a better chance.

    Being a professional photographer, Paul has filled this book with his own images, many of which were taken in his garden and he includes the results from trail cameras – something I must try. If you want to improve your garden for nature this book will guide you, and if you are lucky to own a larger area of land then there is plenty of information on habitat management for both grassland and woodland. This book should inspire you to do more for wildlife than you currently are. The good news is that native gardens come for free!
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Paul Sterry is a bestselling wildlife author and photographer whose many books include Field Guide to Coastal Wildflowers of Britain, Ireland and Northwest Europe, Birds of Eastern North America, and Birds of Western North America (all Princeton).

By: Paul Sterry(Author)
360 pages, 900 colour photos
A personal account of – and guide to – unlocking the wildlife potential of gardens and other plots of land in lowland Britain.
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"[...] This book is nothing less than a call to arms which puts wildlife firmly at centre stage. [...] I thoroughly enjoyed this well-designed, informative and utterly different wildlife gardening book and as a keen observer of my own (much humbler) garden I can wholeheartedly recommend it. [...]"
– Brett Westwood, British Wildlife 34(8), August 2023

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