WILDLIFE GARDENING FOR EVERYONE: Your Questions Answered by the RHS and the Wildlife Trusts

edited by Malcolm Tair

Publisher: Think Publishing (2010)
ISBN 978-1408821015

Paperback
£12.99

This A5 size book is a treasure trove of informative articles and magical ideas about wildlife gardening with beautiful close-up photos of plants, animals and their habitats.

The book is the outcome of a joint conference held in 2002 entitled ‘Gardens: Heaven or Hell for Wildlife’. This developed into a joint project called ‘Wild about Gardens’. A website was produced and a forum set up. In 2005 members of the public were encouraged to swap ideas, experiences, questions and answers with each other and develop a network of wildlife gardening and shared information.

This book takes the 100 commonest themes and the best of ideas and adds expert advice from professionals. It has a very detailed contents list at the start which is is wonderful as the book is a little overwhelming on flicking the pages! It gives a good introduction to the two charities and then a vital page of How to use this Book.

Each topic has a selection of comments or questions from the general public. These give a wealth of information from direct experience, hearsay and hand-me-downs over the gardening generations. Then the experts from the two charities with their professional skills give advice with the legal issues, listing ideal plants, giving guiding steps to complex gardening processes. The book is a bible oozing a mix of public debate and expert comment.

At the end it provides a checklist to record creatures that visit your garden, further reading material, an alphabetical index and finally a space to write your own garden notes. A wonderful source of ideas and a pool of very experienced information, with plenty of beautiful detailed photos:  this book is a pleasure to read and I thoroughly recommend it.

Hilary Bosher