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Attracting Birds to Your Garden [Paperback]

Stephen Moss , David Cottridge
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 2000
Gardening for birds is both an environmental sensible activity as well as a great pleasure in itself. This book offers a host of practical suggestions on feeding birds and providing opportunities for nesting and bathing. The reader is taken through the steps of planning a bird-friendly garden covering aspects such as pool construction, suitable plants, provision of nesting sites and food, pest control and garden maintenance. A directory of 80 common species aid identification and offers guidelines on the habitat, food and nesting requirements of each species.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859740057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859740057
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bird Friendly Garden is a must for all gardeners with a passion for bird watching -- Cambridge Evening News

The ideal new book for gardeners around the country -- Northern Echo

This is a useful introduction for anyone new to the subject -- Bird Watching --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stephen Moss it a regular writer on birdwatching and environmental matters for The Guardian. He is a BBC television producer specializing in natural history and he has produced programmes such as Birdwatching with Bill Oddie, Springwatch and Autumnwatch. He lives in Bristol. David Cottridge is an expert on bird photography. His photographs have appeared in many books and renowned magazines such as British Birds, Birding World and Bird Watching. He lives in Tottenham, north London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This is an impressive book, well-written and lively. The format is generous and the production quality excellent. A sensible amount of good, practical advice on garden design, bird feeding, nestboxes etc is followed by eighty species accounts which are up to date and informative. The book is illustrated throughout with superb colour photographs that are very nicely reproduced and realise the full potential of garden bird photography to impress, entertain and identify. Whether you are a beginner birder or a gardener wanting to make your plot more bird-friendly or a bird expert who enjoys enthusiastic writing and first class bird photography, you will enjoy this book. It makes a superb gift for a gardening friend or relative.
Andrew Cannon, British Trust for Ornithology 'Garden BirdWatch'.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for total beginners 7 Dec 2006
I think this book would be useful mostly to people who are complete newcomers to wildlife gardening and garden birdwatching. I would describe it as a field guide and gardening book in one - however, trying to fit all that much info into one small book does mean that something has to go to make space; which means if you already know a bit about birds and bird gardening then this won't be of much use. And there was no need for the photo of poor Mrs Blackbird being mauled by a cat!

In retrospect I would have been better off buying a more advanced book on wildlife gardening as I have more than enough bird ID books as it is. So if you are more at an intermediate level you might want to skip this book and go for something more in-depth and totally dedicated to wildlife gardening. The one redeeming feature is the wildlife plant directory, which, for me, meant the book wasn't a total failure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile 14 Mar 2006
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I was looking for a general wildlife gardening book, and came across this one. Although it is indicated to be for birds only (and succeeds famously at that) it is an excellent source for general wildlife gardening as well, since if you attract other wildlife to your garden, then birds ar sure to follow.
There is a very handy section on plant selection, bird identification, a season by season guideline on which birds you can expect, as well as what to plant and what to feed the birds. A great book, and much better then other general wildlife books that I bought. Even if you have a small city patch this book will be of benefit, it is very highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to expectations 19 Nov 2006
I found this a well presented book with excellent photographs. However the chapters on Planning the Garden, Feeding the Birds etc. are fairly short once you ignore the space (sometimes quite large) taken up by the pictures. In contrast, the 'Directory of Garden Birds' takes up 80 of the books 150 or so 'useful' pages and includes several species (e.g. White Stork, Wryneck) which I wouldn't expect in many gardens in the UK. I'd be better off buying a good gardening book to accompany my standard bird guide I think.

I would not have bought this if I had looked at it in a shop and have returned the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 18 Mar 2013
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Looking out of the window I can now understand whats going on with my bird feed. The only thing missing is mention of Paraqueets stealing the nuts and driving all other birds into the bushes
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