When I saw that Jean Vernon had written a new book about garden pollinators I quickly asked if I could review it. I had previously enjoyed her book on garden bees so I was confident that this would be an excellent new book.
If you have room for only one book on pollinators then this is the book for you, just pop it next to Jean's previous book, there's room for two really. It is not the thickest of books you will ever buy but do not let that deceive you, it is packed full of information. Jean starts by explaining what pollinators are and then talks us through different types. One thing I really enjoyed reading was where Jean is talking about Cinnabar Moths and how they rely on ragwort to feed their larvae. I wrote recently that I allow ragwort to grow in my suburban garden but was aware how toxic it can be. The caterpillars eat the plant and the poison in the plant makes the caterpillars poisonous to predators; how clever is that! The caterpillars, Jean goes on to say, also help control the spread of the plant as they consume it. I was not worrying about the ragwort in my garden that I allow to to grow specifically to attract these beautiful moths as there is no livestock around here who might eat it, but now I worry even less.
Jean touches on the subject of bees, but as she has written a whole book about them, she does not spend too much time going over this ground again. There is a section on wasps where Jean tries to convince us they are not all bad, and indeed tells us that hornets are not as aggressive as we may think (ok, I may think, I am very scared of wasps and hornets).
We then move into hoverflies and fly flies,
Attracting Garden Pollinators by Jean Vernon is published by White Owl Books
Take care and be kind.