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Secret Lives of Garden Wildlife [Hardcover]

Dominic Couzens , Peter Partington

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30 April 2008
There is no wildlife closer to us than that found in our gardens - or indeed, in our houses - so it follows that many of those creatures we love, such as foxes and ladybirds, are literally household names. However, despite this familiarity, many of the characters reveal surprising lifestyles if you take a closer look, and there is more going on in our precious backyards that we might imagine. Did you know that slugs and snails have spine-tingly good sex; that mosquitoes can dodge raindrops and that Grey Squirrels have regular sleepovers with their neighbours? Did you realise that unemployment causes the breakdown of society in wasps, or that it takes the average spider only one hour to build a web from scratch? Perhaps it would even surprise you to know that, in this day and age, it is still possible to have three Old Ladies stuck in your lavatory? (They are moths.) Written in an engaging style and illustrated with photographs and stunning colour paintings by Peter Partington, this book reveals, month by month, the extraordinary hidden world of our most familiar garden wildlife. You will never look at your garden neighbours in the same way again.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; Readers Digest edition edition (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408108445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408108444
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is nature writing at its very best: forensic attention to detail combined with the bigger picture, and culminating in an extraordinary revelation" -- BBC Countryfile

"Written with considerable charm and abundant wit, it is an extraordinary journey of discovery" -- Good Book Guide (June 2008) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A month-by-month guide to some of the wildlife activity you can experience in your garden. Illustrated with Peter Partington's soft-wash water colours, it gives a mine of information. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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