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Garden Wildlife (Hardback)

Revealing Your Garden's Secrets

Photographic Books Colour Books Wildlife Photography Nature Gardening Animals Outdoors White Owl

By Gerard E Cheshire
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 134
ISBN: 9781526729699
Published: 11th February 2019

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Garden Wildlife is a book that looks at the habitats in our gardens from the point of view of wild animal and plants.

If we understand our gardens in this way, then we can appreciate that different parts of our gardens essentially mimic wild habitats in microcosm. This means that we can provide places for wild animals and plants to flourish in our gardens, whether they happen to be in rural, suburban or urban settings.

Above all, we need to get away from the current obsession with tidiness and sterility in our gardens, and allow odd corners to go wild, so that our native species can live alongside us in the modern world.

Without wildlife to discover and observe in our gardens, our lives are impoverished, so we have a duty to ourselves and our children to invite nature back into our outside spaces.

Readers will learn why each creature is attracted to the garden, what it eats, where it sleeps and how it cares for its offspring. While we all love the cuddly hedgehogs and badgers and delight in the birds songs and the graceful flit of butterflies and dragonflies, we also learn about some of the gardens less welcome guests, the snakes, flies and snails. But readers will learn that each of these creatures plays a vital role in the garden ecosystem, even if we don’t find them particularly attractive.

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Cayocosta 72, Rose Smith

This one from Pen & Sword was so useful to me when learning more about our garden, what to look out for, the creatures we might find and the habitats you could create in your own garden to help some of the wildlife thrive. Plus, if nothing else, the photography in this book is just stunning, so you'll be able to sit back and enjoy looking at all the photos...perhaps with a mug of tea and some biscuits?!

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The Lifestyle Blogger UK

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The Bookseller 26/4/19

As I've come to expect as a regular reviewer for this publisher, any book from Pen & Sword Books is presented beautifully and this book is no different. In addition, the photography was as sharp as it was varied.

Whether you have a small garden or even a window box and if you live in a mansion with acres of land, this book will give you a broad understanding as to what wildlife you can find in it. From the tiniest spiders, snails and other bugs to deer, you will find answers to habitat questions in this book.

Beautifully presented with text and photos on virtually every page, anyone would be thrilled to have this book on their shelves. It would also make an excellent gift to any wildlife lover.

For the Love of Books

A superb, practical look at how everyone can encourage wildlife into their gardens with just a few well-planned actions, from bird feeders to log piles for insects. Lovely photos and lots of brilliant, practical advice.

Books Monthly

The photography is beautiful and helps with the identification of the many whom we share our gardens with...I think they would be interesting for anyone who cares about the environment in which we live in and also maybe good books to tempt young people into taking an interest in who they are sharing their homes with.

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The Blackberry Garden

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New Nature, March/April 2019

This charming guide is a useful addition to one's wildlife gardening library.

BBC Wildlife, March 2019 – reviewed by Kate Bradbury (author of The Wildlife Gardener)

About Gerard E Cheshire

Gerard Cheshire has written books about natural history for more than two decades. He has an MSc in ecology and is currently reading for his PhD. He spent his formative years studying animals and plants in Dorset and Hampshire, so already had a comprehensive knowledge of fauna and flora as a child, long before embarking on his eventual career as a writer and scholar.

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