Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener
In a sense Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener is a garden-based autobiography of Britain's most famous birdwatcher.
The main narrative covers Bill's personal relationship, not only with his present garden, which was described by the Daily Mail as "Probably the most bizarre back garden in Britain", but also with the gardens he has known throughout his life. The first was what he has called "a sink full of mud" in industrial Rochdale in the 1940s. Next came a larger garden on the edge of Birmingham which he used as a bird ringing station, sometimes helped or hindered by his granny, who often trimmed the lawn with a pair of scissors! In Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener there are plenty of eccentric stories about garden characters such as the 'feng shui fox', who constantly rearranged the ornaments, 'Limpy', the one-legged single-parent Great Tit, and one memorable nightmarish occasion when over 50 rats came to visit!
Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener is NOT an instructional guide on 'How to be a ludicrous gardener' although it may well prove inspirational to others to have a go, or to warn them on what to avoid. Bill abhors decking, large concrete patios, and above, all leaf-blowers. As well as neighbours who whinge about the parakeets! What is certain about Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener is that Bill's entertaining take on gardening for birds makes compelling reading.
- ISBN: 9781921517785
- Author(s): Bill Oddie
- Stock Code: 1517785
- Format: HARDBACK
- Language: English
- Illustrations: Colour photographs
- Pages: 189
- Published: 2017
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