This is a charming yet practical guide to planning and designing gardens with a view to attracting birds. It’s a companion to the very successful Cooking for Birds, also beautifully illustrated by Verné.
The author caters for garden situations across the country, and includes advice on planning very small gardens and even planting on balconies. Specific ‘habitats’ are recommended, to attract the widest variety of birds – an open area, wetland, canopy section and wild zone. For each, there’s a list of suggested plants, from ground covers to shrubs, creepers and trees. There are also sections on planting for birds with particular diets: nectar, seeds, fruit, insects and even meat.
Beautifully presented, with simple text and delightful illustrations, this is an excellent perennial gift.
About the Author
Tracey Hawthorne, a freelance writer and editor, has written for magazines and journals on a wide variety of subjects. She has authored, contributed to and edited many books, both fiction and non-fiction, given workshops on editing, and tutored aspiring writers.
About the Illustrator
Verné Jordaan studied in Bloemfontein before teaching graphic design at high-school level. She has exhibited paintings in South Africa and abroad, and works freelance for magazines, schools and publishers.
Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)