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Wildlife Gardening: Die Kunst, im eigenen Garten die Welt zu retten

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Stellen wir uns einmal eine ganz andere Welt vor. Eine Welt, in der die Insekten nicht verschwinden und der Klimawandel nicht voranschreitet. In der wir mit Holundersträuchern etwas gegen das Artensterben tun und Pestizide durch Ohrwürmer ersetzen können ohne weniger Ernte einzufahren. Dave Goulson zeigt: Diese Welt ist keine Illusion. Und der Weg dorthin beginnt im ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 11th 2019 by Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG (first published 2019)
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Bart Moeyaert
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hij geeft de mensheid een pandoering. Een lijvig boek lang passeren hele bijen- en vlinderfamilies de revue, hommels, wormen, motten, mierenkolonies. Over al dat gekrieuwel krijg je van Dave Goulson te horen wat ze zoeken, waar je ze vindt, hoe ze zich gedragen. En dat het eigenlijk niet goed met ze gaat. Sterker nog: Goulson stelt aan de kaak dat het ronduit slecht met ze afloopt, als de mens zijn gewoonten niet verandert.

Of het nu om onze achtertuintjes gaat, of om de koffieteelt in
Tanja Berg
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecology
Dave Goulson has changed the lives of thousands of insects in my neighborhood. He has inspired me to let the lawn grow, to grow bee friendly flowers from seed, to only buy peat free earth for my pots. He has opened my eyes to the ecological collapse happening right before our eyes.

Intensive agricultural farming has had devastating effect on earth worms, insects and birds. In this book he shows how effective growing your own vegetables can be. There are plenty of tips on how to make the world a
Goulsons books are all great, but also all of a piece, such that you could pick just one to read (and it might as well be A Sting in the Tale) and dont necessarily need to follow it with the rest. His focus in all his books is on insect life, what it says about the state of the environment in general, and what we can do to protect and encourage wildlife in the places where we live. Here, he exposes the damage done by gardening and farming as usual, and suggests what and how regular people can ...more
If you are fortunate to have a garden but dont really pay it much attention, then you might not be aware of the insects and other wildlife that inhabit it at the moment. It is a jungle out there, but one that you need to get down on your hands and knees to see properly. Everything from the microbes, worms and ants in the soil, to the insects that pollinate and right up to the small mammals and birds that prey on all of these creatures lower down the food chain.

If you can tear your attention away
Nina 321
I bought this book for its title: Gardening to save the planet, and the blurb promised a discussion of the kind of re-wilding I had learned about from Isabella Trees Wilding as applied to a smaller-size garden. Id already stopped mowing and weeding, and this seemed to furnish the scientific justification for it. The author is a professor of biology.

And indeed, I learned a number of interesting and entertaining things about my garden: its earwigs, its ants (very militant!), its worms and how
Sarah Gregory
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed this book. It is not really about gardening at all but the author is passionate about insects and small animals. The book is full of the amazing and often funny habits of ants, ladybirds, earthworms and so on. But there is always a serious side. There is much to be said in praise of composting and digging. Dave Goulson goes overboard about the modern garden centre but he does admit it too! I learned a lot and started to look much more closely at my log pile.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave blijft grappig en informatief.
Karen Mace
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that will make you look at your garden differently! It doesn't only focus on how it looks, but the goings on underneath the soil and the insects and wildlife that visits your little part of the earth daily, and as a keen gardener and fan of wildlife, I'm even more eager now to do more bit and take time out to notice the little things - and leave things a little more 'wild' to help do my bit!

This is a really relevant book for the times we are living in - and no more than now, with
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with his other books, the writing is really good, engaging, informative, and occasionally funny. There are a lot of negative topics (the pesticides chapter being the worst I think), however he always counters with something positive that you can do. It's not all doom and gloom, thankfully, and there are plenty of positives to takeaway from the book, though I don't see many people being persuaded to eat road kill!
Cliff Moyce
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational. So much of what I do in the garden will now change, including what I plant, how I feed those plants, and where I buy them. A whole new world of flora and fauna (under my nose all along) has been opened up for me by Dave Goulding. What a great book.
Goska A
Dave, please never stop!


I have just put my name on the list for allotment :)
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De tuinjungle. Tuinieren om de wereld te redden door Dave Goulson.

Wat een supermooie cover en wat een boeiend onderwerp, ook al heb ik geen echte tuin, alleen maar een koer vol potten. Ik kan alvast zeggen dat Goulson een geweldige man is. Dit is het eerste boek dat ik van hem lees, ik wil al jaren zijn bijenboek lezen maar dat blijft maar uitgeleend in de bib, zegt genoeg hé. Dave is slim, wijs, bevlogen, nieuwsgierig, een geweldig schrijver en enorm grappig. Vaak zat ik luidop te lachen met
Gwen Vandendriessche
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
Heel leuk boek (en heel vlot vertaald in het Nederlands) over het belang van en het plezier om een natuurvriendelijke tuin te hebben. Dave Goulson laat ons een voor de meeste mensen onbekend deel van de tuin ontdekken van de grotere vogels tot de springstaarten en wormen van zijn compost langs bijen en nachtvlinders. De auteur heeft oog voor verschillende problematieken waar de biodiversiteit mee te kampen heeft en geeft er zijn mening over. Hij verteld ook op een leuke wijze over van alles en ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saving the planet starts with looking after my own patch.
I learned a lot, e.g.
Rhododendron nectar contains grayanotoxins at sufficient concentration that it can actually kill some bee species, yet honey bees somehow manage to make honey from it and this honey can induce hallucinations or death in humans if consumed in excess.
(1) Rhododendrons are not as sterile as I had been led to believe and (2) this would make a great plot for a Tales of the Unexpected.
The image of Yellow Rattle as a plant
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
British biologist Dave Goulson, author of A Buzz in the Meadow and A Sting in the Tale, is your tour guide in this captivating look at all the organisms that even small, chemical- free gardens can support: earwigs, bees, moths, aquatic creatures, ants and worms. He's an intelligent, witty and passionate writer who sees hope in eco-gardening in our backyards and in community gardens (less so than in industrial farming, but that is another book topic). The book, naturally, has a British slant (for ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important and yet entertaining book to read! Lots of mind-blowing facts about the scale we are destroying the planet but also ways we can (and sometimes do) make a huge positive impact in our own gardens. After reading the book you probably never eat Turkish grapes again, you will love and welcome all the little creatures in your garden (especially earwigs!♥), you will have bought and planted an organic fruit tree or two, will detest garden centres and will probably have started a vegetable ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Goulson's The Garden Jungle is a great introduction to gardening for the environment. It touches on a wide variety of issues about making a positive contribution to local biodiversity and reducing carbon footprint through growing your own veggies in an environmentally conscious manner. He touched on issues such as the use of pesticides in food production, the use of peat in commercial composts, integrated pest management, biocontrol and feral animals, and reducing meat consumption (and ...more
Dave Goulson has a lively and engaging writing style. He manages to be informative, amusing and depressing about the state of our natural environment, especially with respect to insect diversity and pollinators.
The majority of readers are likely to be converts to the environmental cause but anyone will learn at least a few new ways we can help.
I read the Kindle edition, which works well with links to footnotes. I was anticipating another 30% to read when I found I'd come to the end! Lots of
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
3.75 stars - so close to a 4 star read for me so I rounded up :)

This is my second book by this author and while I did like it very much , I enjoyed "A Buzz in the Meadow" more.

The book is very well written and Goulson is intelligent and witty. The one thing that knocked off a bit on the star rating for me is that I feel if you are a U.S reader, like myself, there is a lot that does not apply to you and your environment. Still, I am so glad I read it and plan to read all his books.
Pat Morris-jones
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. It is informative, amusing, interesting. I had to skim some of the names of the crawlies but he understood by saying he cut some out so we wouldnt be bored. It is inspirational too. I have re thought my buying habits, which will save me a fortune! I have only given it 4 star as I cant quite say it is 5 star but I dont know why. It is undoubtably 4 and a half, or slightly more, but not quite 5. Almost excellent is worth reading. ...more
Hilary May
Three is a bit mean, 3.5 at least really. Ive read all Dave Goulsons books. Hes one of my favourite nature writers. Sting in the Tail being the standout. I found this book slightly less engaging. I did learn some new (shocking) things about pesticide use etc and it does inspire me to carry on gardening as I am in my own garden jungle but not sure its simple or engaging enough to capture the unconverted though. Loved the recipes - already made one with our own apples - delicious 😊 ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For everyone who loves gardening and wants to learn how to work with and for nature instead of against it, this is an awesome book. The author is a scientist and the book is very informative, but he's also a gifted and funny writer. He's given me a newfound respect for butterflies, bees, earwigs and worms :)
Jane Petley-Jones
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, Dave writes very readably. Theres some tips for things you can do in your own garden, especially growing some of your own veg.
Not as engrossing as the previous books as Im already converted!
Bianca Westenacher
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sehr informativ manchmal vielleicht zu informativ. Ich fand es aber super um mein Wissen zu erweitern und zu vertiefen. Dave Goulson steht hinter seinen Methoden und weiß genau wovon er spricht. Hin und wieder zeigt er zu sehr mit dem Lehrerfinger herum aber das gibt er am Ende auch zu.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
If you really want to leave your grandchildren a healthy planet to live on, its time to get out in the garden and dig. ...more
Amanda Witt
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although discussing things in the UK (when I'm in Australia) an interesting read nonetheless, with short chapters on different insects like bees, moths and worms.
Harold Coutts
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
dave, you've done it again
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, thought provoking and do able. Read if you want to garden as natural as possible.
Peter Dhondt
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aanstekelijk, vol weetjes en soms hilarisch. De beste anecdote beschrijft hoe je een aangereden edelhert met een te kleine wagen toch thuis krijgt.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Started the book feeling smug. Ended it feeling panicked. Immediately joined all the recommended charities. Great book though!
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After a childhood chasing butterflies and collecting birds eggs, I studied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Shortly afterwards I got a lectureship at University of Southampton, where I stayed for 11 years. It was there that I began to specialize in bumblebee ecology and conservation. In 2006 I became Professor of Biology and ...more

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