Habitat Management for Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

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Habitat management is commonly used to maintain and enhance the biological interest of many areas of semi-natural habitat where natural processes no longer create suitable conditions for desired species. Habitat restoration and creation are increasingly being used to increase the extent of ecologically important habitats, often to compensate for areas lost because of human development.

This practical handbook describes the range of techniques used to manage land for biodiversity conservation. The opening sections discuss the general principles of habitat management, including decision-making, mitigating damaging effects of climate change, and monitoring the success of management. These are followed by a series of chapters which describe how to manage specific habitats: grasslands, dwarf-shrub vegetation and shrublands, forests, woodlands and scrub, freshwater wetlands, coastal habitats, arable land, and gardens, backyards and urban areas. For each of these habitats the book discusses the main factors influencing their value for wildlife, highlights the key decisions that need to be made, and describes and compares the effects of individual management techniques. This comprehensive guide will be essential reading for graduate students and an invaluable resource for land managers, land-use advisors and others involved in conservation land management worldwide.

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"Undoubtedly a very valuable contribution and will be a useful addition to the library of all ecologists and conservation biologists."—The Quarterly Review of Biology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198568735
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Series: Techniques in Ecology & Conservation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Ausden is a Senior Ecologist at the RSPB, the UK and Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, where he advises on the management of their network of 200 reserves and oversees monitoring on them. He is a particularly keen birder, moth enthusiast and botanist, and is interested in all types of natural history. Malcolm has written a number of book chapters on habitat management and monitoring techniques and is involved in efforts to improve dissemination of information on habitat management through the website conservationevidence.com. Other interests include foreign travel, photography and painting.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Philosophies of habitat management
Chapter 3. Setting objectives and monitoring
Chapter 4. General techniques and considerations
Chapter 5. Dry grasslands
Chapter 6. Dwarf-shrub habitats and shrublands
Chapter 7. Forests, woodlands and scrub
Chapter 8. Freshwater wetlands and waterbodies
Chapter 9. Coastal habitats
Chapter 10. Arable land
Chapter 11. Urban areas and gardens

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