The value of gardening for wildlife - what contribution does it make to conservation?
Gardening for wildlife, in other words managing part or all of a garden for the primary purpose of attracting wild plants and animals, is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is easy to understand why. So long as wildlife remained abundant in the countryside, enticing it into the garden served no purpose. On the contrary, the garden was where nature was to be eliminated, in favour of exotic hybrids and alien curiosities, or to grow insect-free herbs and vegetables.