Nature Conservation (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 91)
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This latest volume in the New Naturalist series provides a comprehensive study of wildlife conservation in Britain, concentrating on events in the last 30 years. This edition is exclusive to newnaturalists.com
As our environment is subjected to increasing assault from climatic changes and pollutants, conservation has become a growing concern for both specialists and generalists alike.
The first chapter of this book considers the political and institutional development of nature conservation and reviews the physical and biological nature of Britain, its geology, climate and wildlife habitats.
Subsequent chapters cover the loss of habitats and species, how these losses have been managed and the techniques used to survey and monitor the integration of nature conservation policies in industries from agriculture to forestry and fisheries.
Marren continues by discussing how nature conservation has emerged from the sidelines to become a major concern. He addresses the role of the media, weighs up the successes and failures of the conservation movement and looks to what the future may hold.
said had been covered four years earlier. Two years after that, the Secretary of State for Transport, Bruce Mawhinney, deferred his final decision on the bypass pending a review, then changed his mind and gave the go-ahead in June 1994. Shortly before the road engineers moved in, someone found colonies of the Euro-listed Desmoulin’s whorl-snail living in the river marshes directly in the path of the road. This meant that the marshes might qualify as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under
country conservation agencies, and renaming it the UK Nature Advisory Council. APPENDIX 2: Glossary of conservation words and abbreviations Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) The equivalent of SSSIs within Northern Ireland. Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) Areas in England and Wales designated for their attractive scenery, such as the Cotswolds, Chilterns and Mendips. Nature conservation is not among their formal objectives. Biodiversity The variety of living things,
Since shortening its name to ‘Butterfly Conservation’ in 1990, the society has acquired considerable in-house expertise. With 10,000 members, it is said to be the largest conservation body devoted to insects in all Europe. With an office in Dorset, probably today’s richest county for butterflies, Butterfly Conservation has a network of 31 branches throughout Britain and runs 25 nature reserves. It has also opened an office in Scotland. It is funded mainly by grants, corporate sponsorship and
collecting but by scallop-dredgers and weighted fishing nets (Munro & Munro 2000). Vulnerable to trawler nets. Pink sea-fan in deep water off Pencra Head, Cornwall. (JNCC) There has been much recent interest in the little-known deep-sea corals off northern Scotland and Ireland, a world only now being revealed by submersibles equipped with powerful lights. An example is the Darwin Mounds, a series of small reefs between the Outer Hebrides and the Faeroes, dominated by a large
incidents from the Straits of Dover to the Moray Firth. Of course the cases one remembers are the really big spills, which seem to happen about twice a decade in British waters. None made a greater impact than the Torrey Canyon, which, while travelling at full speed in clear weather, managed to impale itself on a rock in the Seven Stones reef off Lands End on 18 March 1967. Over the next week, most of her cargo of 119,000 tonnes of Kuwaiti crude oil flooded out of the ruptured hold, polluting