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The Science of Garden Biodiversity
The Science of Garden Biodiversity

The Science of Garden Biodiversity

The Living Garden



112 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: June 2024

ISBN 9781914902093

Rights: US & CA

Pimpernel Press (Jun 2024)

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You step out of the back door into the garden. There may be a few birds flitting around, perhaps butterflies or bumblebees on the wing, but often the garden can seem very still. However, if you look beyond the superficial inactivity there is an ecological web of wildlife to explore, to understand and then to encourage more biodiversity.The Science of Garden Biodiversity: The Living Garden shows how data and science can help to dispel myths, such as that wildlife gardens are great for wildlife (and other gardens aren’t), that a garden fit for wildlife must be ‘wild’ and that you must grow native plants. It also provides an understanding of how diverse life can be in gardens and how gardens work. And along the way there are scientific ‘signposts’ to better wildlife gardening. Julian Doberski explains the role of 'small things' - microorganisms and invertebrates - that are fundamental to the ecological functioning of gardens.Learning more about the ecology of a garden helps us understand what makes a garden a refuge for wildlife and how following the science may lead to a more thoughtful and constructive approach to gardening, garden design and garden planting.


"Composting can be a simple process if you're happy to wait, but for those who want to understand the process better, and fine-tune it, then this book will be useful...Although a small book, Doberski fits in a lot of information." —Permaculture magazine on The Science of Compost

"A very serious, rigorous and thoroughly referenced deep dive into your compost heap...also acts as a reminder about why we might want to compost in the first place...this is primarily an analysis of the layers of the heap, and as such, an absolutely riveting read." —Gardens Illustrated on The Science of Compost

Author Biography

Dr Julian Doberski has three degrees: BSc Zoology (Southampton), MSc Forestry (Oxford) and PhD Biological control using fungi (Cambridge). He has thirty years of teaching at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (all levels) – which latterly became Anglia Ruskin University (1992) (teaching Ecology at degree level) and a year teaching A Level. He is the author of The Science of Compost (Pimpernel Press, 2022). He is currently retired.