By Goulson, Dave
In this book Dave Goulson shows us what lives in our compost piles and behind our trees' bark and beneath our lawns, and then explains what we can do to increase biodiversity. And because nothing lives in a vacuum, The Garden Jungle uses those small creatures to explain entire ec...osystems. Who knew that earwigs were so beneficial, for instance, notably to fruit yields? Or that we have probably never had a greater density of ponds than today? Or that the rabbits introduced by the Romans were really rather fragile Mediterranean creatures, which failed to thrive in cold European climates, until in the eighteenth century they suddenly toughened up and spread? And there is fascinating material on hoverflies, those overlooked pollinators which can be encouraged by creating hoverfly lagoons. So The Garden Jungle is on one level an immensely serious book which argues for noticing and protecting all these small creatures, and which then raises important debates. How bee-friendly, it asks, are the supposedly bee-friendly plants sold in our garden centres and nurseries? And should you use peat rather than compost, and if not why not? Why do urban bee hives often produce more honey than those in the countryside? And what are the repercussions of using lawn treatment chemicals on your lawns, or of encouraging garden areas to turn into natural meadow? For anyone who has a garden, and cares about our planet, this book is essential reading.Read more
Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He has spent the last twenty years studying bumblebees, and has published over 250 scientific articles on their biology. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006. He is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, A Sting in the Tale, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, A Buzz in the Meadow and Bee Quest.
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