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The Sunday Times best seller.

The Garden Jungle is about the wildlife that lives right under our noses, in our gardens and parks, between the gaps in the pavement and in the soil beneath our feet. Wherever you are right now, the chances are that there are worms, woodlice, centipedes, flies, silverfish, wasps, beetles, mice, shrews and much, much more, quietly living within just a few paces of you.

Dave Goulson gives us an insight into the fascinating and sometimes weird lives of these creatures, taking us burrowing into the compost heap, digging under the lawn and diving into the garden pond. He explains how our lives and ultimately the fate of humankind are inextricably intertwined with that of earwigs, bees, lacewings and hoverflies, unappreciated heroes of the natural world.

The Garden Jungle is at times an immensely serious book, exploring the environmental harm inadvertently done by gardeners who buy intensively reared plants in disposable plastic pots, sprayed with pesticides and grown in peat cut from the ground. Goulson argues that gardens could become places where we can reconnect with nature and rediscover where food comes from. With just a few small changes, our gardens could become a vast network of tiny nature reserves, where humans and wildlife can thrive together in harmony rather than conflict. 

For anyone who has a garden and cares about our planet, this book is essential listening.

©2019 Dave Goulson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Non factual and depressing

I felt the quality of the audio was bad as everytime he pronounces an "s" it whistles. I found a lot of what he said to be his opinion and what he felt and not factual. He even went as far to guess that maybe obesity and ADHD could be caused by pesticides while admitting that there was no evidence to back this up. So much emphasis was put on bashing pesticides. He went on to talk how badly the RHS is. Yet when I studied my RHS qualification a lot more time was spent learning cultural controls as opposed to spraying. It would have been nice if this was mentioned. He says that you can openly encounter council employees spraying and possibly come into contact with the pesticides and herbicides. When I did my PA1 and PA6 we were specifically taught to ensure that public did not have access to the areas that you are spraying. You also do not spray in high wind so there is no chance of drift. It feels like he does not have a lot of knowledge about what he is talking and a lot of the book is just how he feels and what he guesses. There is very little information about the wild animals and how best to care for them. Instead it's just about the decline of insects and how badly the environment is doing. I would not recommend to anyone

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Enjoyable and informative

Enjoyable and informative without being too heavy. The recipes used to segue into each topic sound tremendous, and it's great to hear gardening and ecological advice from someone so knowledgeable. I'm probably being harsh not giving this the full 5 stars, but it isn't quite as good as Sting In The Tail for me, and I felt like I was being persuaded into an opinion sometimes around invasive species

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Fantastic

rarely learned as much or was so inspired... and very well spoken which is unusual for an author read book

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Eye opening and thought provoking

Very interesting and easy to listen to. I like Dave's humour and honesty. I hope many more people read this book and take action to help our precious wildlife. I certainly will be!

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a true bible for gardening

loved it, fascinating, informative, educational and at time shocking. a book to revisit again and again. truly inspiring

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A must read, this should change your attitude.

An easy to listen to publication that will change your mind on gardens today's world

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SAVE THE WORLD. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK.

Excellent information. Essential reading for everyone in the UK, USA, Europe... Okay, everyone everywhere. Read it or listen to it, because it will help you make decisions that will individually make a small difference, and collectively make a huge one.

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Fascinating Listening

A really good book, which got me thinking. I loved the recipes, especially Surrey Apple and Hkney pudding.

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Such an inspiring book!

This was a very interesting book that was delivered well by the Author Dave Goulson. As an Allotment gardener myself I found his tips and all the information fascinating and informative! Highly recommended as a thoroughly researched book and superbly read too! If you are into gardening and nature, this is the book for you! Made me think of conservation and ecology too and the importance issues of our time. Big thanks for this! So inspirational...

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Fantastic book

loved this book. It's rare that books narrated by their author work but this one is fab. Great content and really makes you think about the effect of modern gardening and farming.

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  • 02-04-20

A must read for anyone with a garden

Dave Goulson's stories are always a pleasure to read. Informative, hopeful and quite funny sometimes. Even when his message is very grim (for example on pesticides) he doesn't make you just angry or sad, but really motivates you to do better. Last year I planted 20.000 - 30.000 square metres of wild flowers after reading his book The Sting in the Tale and I have been busy the rest of the year. This book has a similar impact on me and I hope on others too. Because it's not very difficult to garden to save the planet. Also each recipe at the start of each chapter can be made by the worst cooks. With the Garden Jungle, Goulson makes it easy and fun to reconnect with nature. Or improve your skills and knowledge when you've never disconnected.

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