RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening

RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines

Format: Hardback, 272 Pages
ISBN: 9780711237919
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Wildlife has become a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public since this best-selling book was first published as How to Make a Wildlife Garden, and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show. Fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new edition is freshly illustrated and it highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years. It incorporates RHS research, updates best practice and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues. The book is packed full of practical advice – which plants to choose for bees, birds and butterflies, how to construct the ideal wildlife pond, where to position nesting boxes; how to enjoy wildlife in any size of outdoor space. Good gardening is at the heart of this book, but it is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life. Gardeners have come to play an increasingly important role in nature conservation. The gardens of any town or village combine to create a rich and diverse network of wildlife habitats.  The lawns and hedges, flower borders, shrubberies, vegetable patches and fruit trees are all important, and the author shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment. New gardeners will be inspired by this authoritative book and it will also delight the very many owners of the best-selling original.

Chris Baines is a leading environmental advisor to industry and government, a broadcaster and prizewinning writer. He created the very first wildlife garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1985 and he has been a National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts for more than 30 years. He was awarded the RSPB medal of honour in 2004.

Author Chris Baines has a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Urban Wildlife Partnership and writes for BBC Wildlife, and is nature correspondent for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine. 

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners, creating hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducting research into plants, pests and environmental issues affecting gardeners.

Format: Hardback, 272 Pages
ISBN: 9780711237919
Size: 7.48 in x 9.843 in / 190 mm x 250 mm
"The original 1985 edition of Chris Baines' How to Make a Wildlife Garden is an old friend, full of advice, promoting a shake-up of perceptions of the over-tidy garden. His latest book is not a revamp, but a true masterpiece written by a man who has immersed himself in the delights of a natural world that is not so hidden, even in the urban environment. Baines draws on his wisdom, sharing gems of knowledge in a captivating and easy-to-follow format...

But it is not just an attractive read. The text is packed with scientific data and consequences of our neglect of nature. What is encouraging is the practical ways it suggests we can all make a difference. 

I would happily read this in the office, quote parts to students or look at the pictures with a child, hoping that the next generation can be more considerate to co-habitants of their environment."
"The depth of its knowledge and breadth of its scope ensures that it'll stand as the bible of this crucial field for years to come." 
'This book perfectly illustrates how to make the most of the beauty and abundance of wildlife just outside your back door.'
"A sumptuous production, no household should be without a copy; however small your garden is, you can still make it better for wildlife."
"If you have to have but a single book on the subject of gardening for wildlife then this is the one [...] an outstanding book."