Habitat Management for Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

Paperback | November 1, 2007

byMalcolm Ausden

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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 is increasingly being used to increase the extent ofecologically important habitats in order to mitigate the impacts of human development. The modification of past management techniques and the introduction of new ones can provide additional benefits. Habitat Management for Conservation is a practical handbook which 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 urbanareas. 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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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 is increasingly being used to increase the extent ofecologically important habitats in order to miti...

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...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198568738

ISBN - 13:9780198568735

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Philosophies of habitat management3. Setting objectives and monitoring4. General techniques and considerations5. Dry grasslands6. Dwarf-shrub habitats and shrublands7. Forests, woodlands and scrub8. Freshwater wetlands and waterbodies9. Coastal habitats10. Arable land11. Urban areas and gardensReferences