My Garden and Other Animals

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HarperCollins UK, Aug 2, 2012 - Gardening - 320 pages
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After the best part of forty years spent either living under his parents’ roof, in the tropical rainforests of three continents, a vast array of student digs or most recently a one-bedroom flat, The One Show’s Mike Dilger has at last bought a house – and with it, a (potentially) glorious garden...

‘Potential’ was definitely the word that sprang to mind the very first time Mike and his partner Christina viewed their new ‘house-and-garden-to-be’ in a small rural village some eight miles south of Bristol.

And so begins their year-long journey to create their very own wildlife sanctuary. From otters to badgers, chickens to hedgehogs, an orchard, a pond and compost bins, to the best birdlife imaginable, what began as a straightforward mission soon became the adventure of a lifetime.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful black-and-white line drawings by Christina Holvey, Mike Dilger’s partner-in-crime, this light-hearted nature tale with a twist will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and keen gardeners alike.


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FEBRUARY Settling In and Knuckling Down
MARCH Springing into Action
APRIL If You Dig It They Will Come
MAY More Wildlife than You Can Shake a Stick
JUNE Who Says Moths Are Boring?
JULY Birds Bats and Bugs by the Bucketload
AUGUST The Sunseekers Take Centre Stage
SEPTEMBER Harvesting the Fruits of our Labours
OCTOBER Departures Arrivals and Residents
NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER The Temperature Drops but
JANUARY A Box within a Box within a Garden

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About the author (2012)

Mike Dilger is an enthusiastic naturalist and freelance presenter. He spent four years as a research biologist in the tropics of Ecuador, Tanzania and Vietnam and is a regular presenter on nature programmes. Having birded, botanized and entomologised in a huge range of countries, he has accumulated an encyclopaedic knowledge of British and South American wildlife and a strong familiarity with the nature of Vietnam and Tanzania. Mike is also a member of many wildlife charities and has trained as a PADI open water diver.

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