- This is the first substantial book on gardening to encourage wildlife since Chris Baine's influential How to Make a Wildlife Garden
- The gardening world is bored of makeover 'instant' gardens and is moving back to nature
Many gardeners today would like to create more wildlife-friendly gardens, but may feel restricted by their situation, or put off by assuming that they will have to make huge changes to an established plot. This inspirational and practical book will dispel any myths about wildlife gardening, and encourage everyone, wherever they garden, to invite wildlife to share their outdoor spaces. There are practical ideas for gardens of all sizes and in varied situations, with a special chapter on wildlife gardening in towns. The smallest shady garden can support a range of wildlife and even a window-box or hanging basket in an urban apartment block can make a difference, if you ensure ingredients like extra food in winter, plants that sustain insects and bright or aromatic plants that are planted to attract animals and keep them returning. From the best sites for ponds to the right plants to feed various fauna, this book will ensure that both you and the wildlife enjoy your garden as fully as possible.
Charlie Ryrie is a gardener and writer who contributes to The Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden. She has written four small books (Weeds, Soil, Compost and Pests) for Gaia books and Aphrodisiac Plants for Kyle Cathie. She is a passionate organic gardener.