Birdwatcher's Garden, The Paperback – 7 Jul 2010
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About the Author
Hazel and Pamela Johnson have a long-shared interest in wildlife, conservation and ecology, which they have followed in their everyday lives and studies. Hazel has a PhD in geology and has taught botany and geology at universities. She has also been a voluntary group leader for an RSPB local members group for over 20 years, for which she received a Presidents award. Pamela has completed a course in horticulture. Both have participated in various voluntary bird and wildlife surveys as well as enjoying all aspects of gardening and the countryside.
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The first part of the book is all about understanding what a bird needs from a garden. It's not only about plants for food or shelter, it's also roosting sites and providing good observation posts. The concept of wildlife corridors and a garden's role in this is also explained, as well as how a bird-friendly garden is ultimately friendly for all the creatures which are needed to support them.
There then follows a section on the key needs for breeding and feeding. After a general look at bird territory, nesting materials and sites plus the key influences on breeding and feeding, there's a bird-by-bird guide to what individual species need. The list of birds included is much wider than I expected and reflects the wide variety of garden locations and sizes we have.
The next section is on gardening techniques and the types of plants to grow to encourage birds. Here there's a special consideration for small town gardens, balconies and patios. This is swiftly followed by man-made provisions. This is probably the aspect most of us focus on, but forms a relatively small part of the book. It includes the expected supplementary feeders and how to make a nest box, but also looks at how to make a pond or bog garden to widen the variety of habitats available for birds.Read more ›
I only lasted until lunchtime.
On getting the book home I sat down and read. I have had it for about a week now and I still find new information every time I open it. It is like a Tardis, so much more in it that you think there is going to be! Everything is relevant, clear and nicely laid out. The pictures are pretty and inspiring and it is just a wonderful book to own. I have already made two nest boxes to their specifications, and their advice on where to place them is spotless. I know of many people who take the boxes down over winter but now I am able to provide the better advice of leaving them up (after cleaning them out) as a roosting place. Perfect.Read more ›