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Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland
     

Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland

by Norman Maclean
 

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Over the past 20 years dramatic declines have taken place in UK insect populations. Eventually, such declines must have knock-on effects for other animals, especially high profile groups such as birds and mammals. This authoritative, yet accessible account details the current state of the wildlife in Britain and Ireland and offers an insight into the outlook for the

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Over the past 20 years dramatic declines have taken place in UK insect populations. Eventually, such declines must have knock-on effects for other animals, especially high profile groups such as birds and mammals. This authoritative, yet accessible account details the current state of the wildlife in Britain and Ireland and offers an insight into the outlook for the future. Written by a team of the country's leading experts, it appraises the changes that have occurred in a wide range of wildlife species and their habitats and outlines urgent priorities for conservation. It includes chapters on each of the vertebrate and major invertebrate groups, with the insects covered in particular depth. Also considered are the factors that drive environmental change and the contribution at local and government level to national and international wildlife conservation. Essential reading for anyone who is interested in, and concerned about, UK wildlife.

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From the Publisher
"The book is absolutely terrific. An all-star cast of conservation scientists and practitioners document powerful stories of loss - and of hope for the future - among Britain and Ireland's many non-human inhabitants. Gripping and rigorous - a core foundation for students of Conservation Ecology and Environmental Science."
Gretchen Daily, Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

"The season has changed but the silence is deeper and that's why this important book must be read. Its not a catalogue of doom - its a pragmatic snapshot of reality and a desperate plea for action. Your action."
Chris Packham, Naturalist, Wildlife Photographer and TV Presenter

"If we are concerned about the environmental future of Britain and Ireland, then we must know as much as possible about its present condition..That is why this book is so important. It gives us a benchmark...It is invaluable now - and in years to come it will be irreplaceable."
From the Foreword, by Sir David Attenborough

"Silent Summer will surely become essential reading for anyone who is interested in, and concerned about, Britain's and Ireland's wildlife."
Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

"This is an ambitious work designed for both the layperson interested in wildlife and as a reference text for undergraduates."
Mary M. Peacock, Ecology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139793230
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Norman Maclean is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Southampton University and has a strong interest in wildlife, conservation and river management. He has helped to run student field courses for more than 20 years and has authored and edited more than a dozen textbooks and reference books in Genetics and Cell Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society and the Institute of Biology.

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