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Habitat: A Practical Guide to Creating a Wildlife-Friendly Australian Garden

AB Bishop



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Murdoch Books
24 October 2018
Gardening; Natural & wild gardening
An inspirational and practical how-to guide for people keen to attract fauna into their garden: for their own enjoyment and as a contribution to the health and sustainability of the environment.

In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those of us who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into our garden. Not only for our own enjoyment, but as a direct contribution to the health and sustainability of our local environment and wildlife. AB Bishop shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat.

This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife. A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.
By:   AB Bishop
Imprint:   Murdoch Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   1.140kg
ISBN:   9781760523473
ISBN 10:   176052347X
Publication Date:   24 October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

AB Bishop is a horticulturist, landscape designer, garden researcher and writer. She coauthored The Australian Native Garden with Angus Stewart and assisted Angus with writing Creating an Australian Garden (she is listed as researcher). She was a researcher for ABC TV's Gardening Australia program for five years. She is a regular freelance writer for The Age newspaper and Gardening Australia magazine, and a regular guest presenter (and occasional host) on the Community Radio 3CR Gardening Program. AB has given numerous talks to libraries, plant groups (including Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) and open gardens, selling her book at each event. She was asked to be a speaker at the Bendigo Writers' Festival in August this year and to present a talk at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne in November. AB lives in an environmental living zone in Victoria (her garden is featured in The Australian Native Garden) that protects native fauna and flora. She has a strong passion for Australian plants and believes that gardens should be built as much for protecting wildlife as for our own enjoyment. She currently works part-time at a large wholesale production nursery, where she is surrounded by thousands of plants.

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