How To Make A Wildlife Garden describes the various types of habitat – flower-border, mini-meadow, pond, woodland edge – and gives practical advice on how best to develop natural resources to benefit wildlife, whether by adapting an existing garden or starting one from scratch. This can vary from digging a garden pond to choosing plants that will extend the pollen and nectar season. The variety of animal life, from earthworms to kestrels, from butterflies to hedgehogs, and the enormous range of ‘natural’ plants which can form part of a wildlife garden will provide an endless source of fascination to the observer.
The book also takes into account the human element, stressing the fact that gardens are for sitting in and enjoying. Plant the most colourful displays in sight of the house; make sure the sweetest smelling flowers are near the garden seat or patio; put up the bird-table where you can enjoy the entertainment; arrange the garden for relaxation as well as conservation.
This inspirational book will give both and instruction to wildlife gardeners, enabling them to contribute to conservation while creating gardens full of beauty, fascination and life.
Recent destruction of woodland and hedgerow means that ‘the countryside’ can no longer sustain a rich variety of wildlife and ironically, the built-up areas can provide a much needed refuge. Railway cuttings, wasteland and sympathetic parks and gardens combine to produce essential corridors, leading foxes or badgers from one feeding ground or haven to another. Birds, frogs and insects may not need the same continuity of green cover, but they do need safe breeding areas, freedom from chemical pollution, and reliable sources of food.
We spend millions of pounds a year on mowing grass – but why not let lawns grow longer and allow buttercups and daisies to flourish in them? Why not leave decaying leaves on the ground to provide shelter for hedgehogs and food for harmless creepy-crawlies?
Chris Baines has asked these questions of a lot of ‘authorities’ and had an encouraging and positive response. Now his TV series and this inspirational book show how everyone can help to turn our towns and cities into one huge nature reserve – for wildlife and for people.