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The Dragonfly-friendly Gardener


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The Essential Guide to Creating a Beautiful Garden Haven for Dragonflies. With stunning colours and phenomenal flying abilities, dragonflies are extraordinarily beautiful – and vital to our eco-system. Ruary Mackenzie Dodds, Britain’s leading dragonfly expert, offers top tips on how to attract these amazing insects to your garden. From creating a pond and choosing the right plants, to long-term pond care and even help with identifying dragonfly species, Ruary is buzzing with ideas for how to make your garden a wonderful sanctuary for both you and dragonflies to enjoy.

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Ruary Mackenzie Dodds

Ruary Mackenzie Dodds is one of the country’s leading experts on dragonflies. He is in great demand to share his expertise and enthusiasm with radio and TV audiences, and is a regular contributor to BBC programmes such as Countryfile, Springwatch and Nature Detectives. Ruary has also written ‘Aberfeldy: The History of a Highland Community’ and a historical novel, ‘Luc de Fontanac’s War’.

Praise for Ruary Mackenzie Dodds: “This lovely book catalogues [Ruary’s] journey… and cements his status as one of Britain’s greatest living naturalists.” – Chris Packham. “This is a wonderful book, it is inspirational. A must have for any one that is thinking about getting into dragonflies!” – British Dragonfly Society. “His writing reminded me of Eric Newby’s style… it is a story of a love of dragonflies, and a story of dragonfly lovers too… I liked it a lot.” – Mark Avery. “I like to think I know a little about dragonflies, but Ruary is the expert.” – Bill Oddie. “Irresistible and immensely warming. [Dodds] has a lovely turn of phrase and the reader is right there with him, absorbing the magic.” – Peter Mayhew, University of York, Antenna Journal