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Attracting Garden Pollinators (ePub)

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By Jean Vernon
Imprint: White Owl
File Size: 110.9 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 100 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526711922
eBook Released: 30th May 2022

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Attracting Garden Pollinators is a friendly, accessible, information packed guide to gardening for and with pollinators. Pollinators are in trouble, but our gardens can help. Gardens represent a vast, varied ‘nature reserve’ packed with plants rich in nectar and pollen to sustain these delicate creatures. This book explores the role that pollinators play and how gardeners and people with gardens can do something to help attract and support them. From butterflies (and their caterpillars - with host plant information) to surprising pollinators (moths, wasps, beetles flies and hornets) and of course including honeybees, hoverflies and bumblebees, this book will offer an insight into their fragile existence, lifecycles and their vital role in the food chain and the natural cycle.

Jean Vernon is the Best-Selling author of The Secret Lives of Garden Bees.

As featured in

Garden News

I suspect that most people when we talk about pollinators, simply think about bees, whether bumblebees, honey or solitary bees. They may not be aware that there are many other pollinators of flowers which they did not consider as pollinators. This book explains what a pollinator is and what plants to plant for them and what they need. So who are these other pollinators? It focuses on the groups of pollinators you might find in your garden and offers ways to support them and attract them to your plot. Butterflies, day and night flying moths, hoverflies, beetles, other flies and wait for this, hornets and wasps are also pollinators! It explains what pollen actually is and how nectar is basically used as ‘bait’ for pollinators. Quite pleasantly and a nice little touch I thought was that it highlights a few quirky characters unravelling some of their extraordinary stories with the hope that you might fall in love with one or two more.


Many people like to attract butterflies and why not. However, butterfly larvae, i.e. caterpillars, need plants to eat before they can become butterflies. This book has host plant information for those who want to help butterfly numbers increase. This can open up a whole area of interest knowing which caterpillars will become a specific butterfly. It is beautifully written in simple language and lavishly presented with some excellent photographs.

It would make an ideal present for anyone with a garden and an interest in the little creatures that make such a habitat vibrant with colour and interest. So put your brew down and go and have a look at these interesting and helpful little creatures.

Read the full review here

Nurturing Nature

As featured in the article: 'Power to the pollinators'

The Daily Telegraph

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a beautiful book with a lovely cover. With all that's happened in the world recently, I found this book fascinating, and interesting to know that if we each do our bit we can make a difference. Now to put it all into practice. Wonderful and inspirational reading.

NetGalley, Wendy M Rhodes

As featured in

The Daily Telegraph - 7th May 2022

Friendly, accessible guide to gardening for and with pollinators.

RHS Journal, April 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a very interesting book...who knew how much was involved with pollinators? There were so many things I never really realized about the process. This is a great book to have as a reference book. I'm heading out right now to get more plants of the right type to attract the insects that I want.

NetGalley, Red Atkins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The introduction covers the basics of pollinator entomology and concepts: what are beneficial insects, how they work and why they're important. The intro is followed by a "bestiary" with some of the most common groups of pollinators (butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, hoverflies, flies, and beetles). The rest of the book covers habitats, attractor plants, and thuggish plants like bindweed and Japanese knotweed (and some techniques for controlling them).

The book is lavishly illustrated with clear color photos throughout. The photos show featured insects in various life stages including pupal and adult which make identification easier. Tips and extra info is included in highlighted text boxes throughout. Photo captions are well written and easy to understand. The chapter on useful plants for native pollinators and parasitoids has been written with a good eye toward garden design and diversity. There are a lot of plants which are beautiful and useful and which people will want to plant in their gardens (instead of hiding the weedy looking ones).

Five stars. This would make a good selection for public or school library acquisition, makers groups, gardening and activity groups, home and community gardeners, smallholders, and the like.

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

As featured in: 'Blooms for butterflies'

Modern Gardens

I would consider this a great science-based reference on insect pollinators that would be useful for any gardener. While it has a good amount of detail, it's still written in a way that's understandable by the lay gardener. There are an abundance of photos... The author also provides a generous list of references at the end of the book.

NetGalley, Catlin Penn

Attracting Garden Pollinator's is exactly what it says on the tin!

I have always been an advocate at welcoming wild creatures and pollinators, especially into my garden, I have so many bee-loving plants already so most of what is featured in this book I knew already but there are some things that I will be taking away to enhance my pollinator friendly borders.

This is a wonderful and eye-catching selection of colour photograph's which show the little critters in their full glory, which is very handy if you are looking to spot and keep a lookout for what's popping up in the garden. Plus full images of the flowers which will attract all manner of creatures.

it is evident that the author has a lot of passion for the subject, the writing it clear and precise makes the book incredibly easy to read, it's laid out in a way that helps you flick through and jump to a particular section - always handy!

It's a very informative and knowledgeable book which will appeal to anyone who has a passion for gardening, for attracting pollinators and basically for helping the environment as we all know how important bees are for the world, so helping pollinators helps the environment.

Overall, a easy-to-read, basic and insightful book.

NetGalley, Frankie ~ Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love the tone of this book! I wasn’t surprised to find out it’s written by an English author as I connect better with the UK’s sense of humor and style... there is a LOT of great information presented in a very digestible manor.

NetGalley, Shyla Fannan

About Jean Vernon

Jean Vernon writes about wildlife for the RHS Journal – The Garden. She is a contributor to the gardening section of The Daily Telegraph and has written many articles on bees, beekeepers and the needs of garden bees. Fascinated by bees and the environment since a youngster, she is a tree and bee guardian and passionate about championing bees of all sorts. It is her mission to unravel, demystify and explain the intricate balance of nature in your garden and to introduce you to the familiar and unfamiliar bees that live, breed and breathe within the garden habitat.

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