‘The Biodiversity Gardener’

By Paul Sterry

This wonderful newly published book ‘The Biodiversity Gardener’ by Paul Sterry, bridges the gap of natural history and gardening.  I have not put the book down since bringing it home.  It is, the sort of book I have been longing for, for some years.  Regular readers of my newsletter will know that at Wildegoose we are on a journey, with the ambition of creating a garden which whilst beautiful to the garden visitor, is also a refuge to our local wildlife.  A place where we can bridge the gap between vital habitat and ornamental garden.  Paul Sterry’s book, perhaps comes down more on the vital habitat side of the fence, however it offers the reader and in-depth look at how our gardens can play a vital roll in safeguarding the future of our natural world, in fact he believes that our gardens may well be the very place that can save some species most in peril.

This is not a book full of buzzwords and gimmicks, but one rich in information, delivered by an individual who is truly passionate and knowledgable about his subject.  The book centres around his home garden in North Hampshire and looks, firstly how we have got to where we are today.  Paul, then goes on to look in-depth at the difference habituates that we need to offer in our gardens and finally what species we might expect to find in our gardens if we give them the space that they need.

For me as a gardener, the information is invaluable.  Ranging from the the different habitats we need to try and create, through to what different species need at the different stages of their life cycle.  While it may seem obvious this book makes the point that many other “wildlife gardening” books fail to get across: namely that there is no point just providing food for an adult, if there is nothing for them to lay their eggs on, or for the young to feed on. This holistic approach gives us the tools we need to go out into our gardens and start to make a real difference for Nature.