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The Bird-friendly Garden [Paperback]

Stephen Moss
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1 Mar 2004

A practical month-by-month guide to attracting birds to your garden

The Bird-friendly Garden helps you to make your garden into a haven for birds, whether it's a balcony, a courtyard or simply a window ledge. Each style of garden features full-page garden plan illustration by Gill Tomblin. There is also a section on unusual gardens, such as those near the coast.

Each one is supplemented by suggestion for the best nest-boxes, feeders and bird-baths to install, as well as the best plants to cultivate. There is practical advice on:

• how to care for the birds in your garden

• how to provide protection from predators

• identification guide

• detailed plant directory

A bird calendar explains season-by-season the different birds you are likely to see in each type of garden, and the correct type of food to provide at different times of the year. The Bird-friendly Garden is the ideal book for all gardeners who enjoy watching birds.

Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169351
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192,031 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

About the Author

Stephen Moss has been an active birdwatcher all his life and has written several books on the subject. A journalist and broadcaster, he writes a monthly column for The Guardian, and also contributes regularly to Birdwatch magazine. He also produced and directed the highly successful BBC Television series, Birding with Bill Oddie, and more recently BBC2's Big Cat Diary.

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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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