Many of Britain's plants and animals have come to rely upon gardens as an essential lifeline as their natural habitats come under increasing pressure from human activity and global warming. This comprehensive revised guide explains the best ways to attract wildlife to gardens and encourage it to stay there. Written in a light-hearted yet passionate and authoritative style, the guide challenges popular notions of 'weeds' and 'pests' and invites gardeners to think again about the choices they make. The informative and lively text is complemented by attractive photographs and illustrations and will encourage an interest in the natural world on the doorstep, whether your 'garden' is a rural idyll or urban window box. Chris Packham argues that we have become so spellbound by nature's celebrities - tigers, pandas and their ilk - that we are in danger of overlooking the most exciting species of all: those that we can touch, smell, observe in our own backyard. It is suitable for gardeners and families with an interest in wildlife and conservation, and for viewers of "Springwatch and Autumnwatch" and other fans of Chris Packham.
Zoology graduate Chris Packham is well known for his infectious enthusiasm for wildlife. He has worked as a natural history broadcaster for more than 20 years, on 75 series and over 500 programmes, most recently on the BBC's popular Springwatch and Autumnwatch series. Chris is active in many wildlife conservation bodies: he is Vice President of the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Butterfly Conservation Trust and The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, and is President of the Bat Conservation Trust and the London Wildlife Trust. He lives near Southampton.