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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859745202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859745205
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book will inspire and encourage an interest in the natural world on your doorstep and contains everything you need to know about attracting local wildlife to your garden" --Birdwatch Magazine, May 2010

"A charming book full of wildlife gardening tips"
--Daily Express, April 2010 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Packham is a popular television personality. He has worked as a natural history broadcaster for more than 20 years, on 75 series and over 500 programmes, most recently on the BBCs popular Springwatch and Autumnwatch series. Chris is active in many wildlife conservation bodies: he is Vice President of the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation Trust and The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, and is President of the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust. He lives near Southampton. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book with great interest as my children love natural history and are constantly asking me to do things in the garden to draw in the wildlife.
Chris Packham's book was therefore the one they had been waiting for and the inspiration for various projects to commence in our garden space.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marc B on 6 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully written book that provides inspiration for everyone with a garden and a love of nature - from the woodwork enthusiast to the nature lover (although a combination of both is preferable). Not only is it clear, colourful, and a pleasure to behold, Chris Packham has a writing style that amuses, enthuses and enthrals. There are a wide variety of ideas contained in this book - so whatever the size of your garden, you will get some inspiration and pleasure. If you are not the type of person who is satisfied with golf-green style lawns, neat borders and 'water-features', but gets more pleasure from watching nature unveil it's infinite wonders - this book will be an invaluable source. There is also a lot of satisfaction in knowing that in a world where nature is consistantly destroyed by man, we can do our own little part to reverse the trend.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book contains everything you could ever need to know about bringing local wildlife into your garden. No matter how small your little plot of land is, it is possible, with care and the knowledge you will gain from 'BACK GARDEN NATURE RESERVE', to entice more birds, insects and small mammals into your OWN garden. Most importantly perhaps, this book also tells how to enjoy our new feathery/furry/creepy little friends, with details of nesting/viewing boxes to make and even handy photography hints. There is a wonderful section on design and construction of ponds. Chris Packham is a very witty, knowledgeable and unusual writer, with strong views and ideas that perhaps not every keen gardner will agree with, although I must say that I do. Cat owners beware, perhaps its time to take a little more responsibility for your pets!! Perhaps a bell on your cats collar could help? Or you could try (like I do myself) a figure of eight harness and 'proper walks' in the garden for your cats, trained from kittens they enjoy trips out several times each day - and the birds and woodmice in my garden are very happy too - well, they would be if every other house in my street didn't own a cat or three!! You may think I am straying from the subect of my review - but believe me - they play a big role in this book!! If you love wildlife or if you would love to learn a little more about it, then this book truly is a must - I couldn't be any more keen on it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Lewis on 19 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of the two star review here that criticised it as too opinionated. Chris Packham has been passionate about wildlife since he was a child and has a real wealth of experience. His TV co-presenter Kate Humble described him as 'brainy' and he certainly comes across as a thinking man. So, for me, his opinions and his passion for the subject are exactly what makes this book valuable.

So what are opinions that the other reviewer said came across too strongly? Well what came across to me was Packham's staunch ecological perspective. For Packham the concept of a 'pest' is misguided. Packham is passionate about all wildlife from the biggest to the smallest and the book contains sections like 'Living with urban foxes', 'Grey squirrels - Value or villians', 'Rats - please give these rodents a refuge', 'Saving Private Slug', 'Wasps, and he even has something positive to say about cockcroaches.

His own definition of 'pest' is: 'those species which out-smart and exploit us, those which are actually far more successful organisms than Homo sapians and have the gall to shove the fact in our faces'.

Of course the book is far more than just railing against the concept of 'pest'. It's divided into 7 chapters:

1. Introduction
2. Birds
3. Mammals
4. Invertebrates
5. Ponds (which includes info on amphibians and reptiles)
6. Plants
7. Photography

Each of these is further subdivided into separate topics which generally span a page or two.

For me what let the book down was the graphic design which was bland and unattractive. The photos were mostly OK and the illustrations were good. It's not a particularly comprehensive book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Macdonald on 19 Jan. 2012
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Not what I was expecting when ordered the book, however I thoroughly enjoyed the read and it was packed with information and was very inspiring. I would think this is the prefect book for that young lad or lass who likes carrying a spider around in a match box. Had I read it as a child I think I might have taken a different rout through life. Chris really tells it like it is so if you like your read wrapped in sugar it isn't the book for you. There's also some good plans/designs for nest boxes and hybernacula. The section on plants is very small though so if it the botany side you're really after maybe try a different Chris, Bains How to Make a Wildlife Garden that is or just get both.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Naylor on 22 Feb. 2013
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Brought this book by mistake and although it wasn't the one I was looking for, It is a bloody great book.
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