January 5, 2021

Gerry is an enthusiastic wildlife gardener and conservationist,
currently writing a book about wilding the urban garden through the year of 2020

Photo of Gerry Maguire Thompson in wild


About the upcoming book

Wilding the Urban Garden, a story of transformation and Covid is the story of the development of a successful wildlife habitat in a small urban garden and the transformative experiences this has brought to the author’s life, including humorous accounts of coping with Long Covid and a host of personal shortcomings.

The story is told over the period of nature’s year –  2020  – the year when, as David Attenborough said, we all fell in love with nature.  Connecting with the garden turned out to be a key factor for the author in recovering from the illness and coping with the restrictions we all faced from the pandemic.


The author talking about the book:


BBC radio interview with author about the book:



read extracts from the book


“An enjoyable read…good points about wildlife and conservation….ties wildlife gardening in with global pandemics – two things close to people’s hearts at the moment.”
– Michael Blencowe, Senior Communities and Wildlife Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust



The public at large have also become more interested in wildlife and the outdoors over the last year; David Attenborough recently called 2020 ‘the year we fell in love with nature.”

This book is about the rich experiences  you get from having a diverse natural ecosystem right outside your door, like:-

enjoying noisy, quirky sparrow society;

spotting the wood-mouse that lives in the bottom of the compost heap;

discovering evening that you have a female stag beetle onsite because males of the species are homing in on your garden;

being shocked by a sparrow-hawk exploding into an unsuspecting cluster of smaller birds;

or savouring the occasion when you discover that a hedgehog has been visiting your garden every night.


Photo of Bee Orchid


Photo of wildlife garden