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Dispells Many Myths,
This review is from: No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening (Paperback)
When I first picked up this book I was expecting a repeat of most wildlife gardening literature. In fact there are few things that Thompson and the WG establishment agree on. It may seem a little dangerous to accept this 'loan voice' as fact, until you discover that unlike many publications this book is based on scientific studies.
Thompson studied 60 Sheffield gardens and investigated their invertebrate life in relation to the garden features. Based on these findings he has provided a book that disputes many WG preconceptions, and gives tips on how it can be improved with minimum expense and effort.
For this reason the book should be read if you are planning a WG, however there are some negatives. Firstly, the book is short. At only 173 pages it is unable to provide a comprehensive guide to WG, especially as some sections of the book are concerned with what you don't need to do.
Secondly it's a little dull. There are no photos or diagrams and the writing is small, the only change being italic text which features the practical tips.
Thirdly it is largely concerned with invertebrates with vertebrates only mentioned in relation to these. When carrying out his experiments Thompson killed and preserved upwards of 100,000 insects including rare species. Half of these were not even identified. This may have ethical implications for some potential buyers.
Overall this is an important book on WG if you don't want to waste your time and money. However there is significant room for improvement.