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Conservation of wildlife & habitats

See below for a selection of the latest books from Conservation of wildlife & habitats category. Presented with a red border are the Conservation of wildlife & habitats books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Conservation of wildlife & habitats books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Elegy For a River

Elegy For a River

Author: Tom Moorhouse Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/03/2021

Water voles are small, brownish, bewhiskered and charming. Made famous by 'Ratty' in The Wind in the Willows, once they were a ubiquitous part of our waterways. They were a totem of our rivers. Now, however, they are nearly gone. This is their story, and the story of a conservationist with a wild hope: that he could bring them back. Tom Moorhouse spent eleven years beside rivers, fens, canals, lakes and streams, researching British wildlife. Quite a lot of it tried to bite him. He studied four main species - two native and endangered, two invasive and endangering - beginning with water voles. He wanted to solve their conservation problems. He wanted to put things right. This book is about whether it worked, and what he learnt - and about what those lessons mean, not just for water voles but for all the world's wildlife. It is a book for anyone who has watched ripples spread on lazy waters, and wondered what moves beneath. Or who has waited in quiet hope for a rustle in the reeds, the munch of a stem, or the patter of unseen paws.

Islands of Abandonment

Islands of Abandonment

Author: Cal Flyn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

'Meticulous research, lyrical writing ... A book that goes to the eeriest, most desolate places on Earth and finds hope' LOUISE GRAY This is a book about abandoned places: exclusion zones, no man's lands, ghost towns and post-industrial hinterlands - and what nature does when we're not there to see it. Exploring some of the eeriest, most desolate places in the world, Cal Flyn asks: what happens after humans pick up and leave? Whether due to war or disaster, disease or economic decay, each extraordinary place visited in this book has been left to its own devices for decades. In this time, nature has been left to work unfettered - offering a glimpse of how abandoned land, even the most polluted regions of the world, might offer our best opportunities for environmental recovery. As part of a journey that takes her around the world, Cal Flyn travels to Chernobyl where she meets the scant handful of people who returned to their irradiated homes. She spends a night on an uninhabited Scottish island where feral cattle - descendants of a herd set loose in the 1970s - live wild. She visits a botanical garden lodged high in the cloud forests of Tanzania where exotic plants brought from opposite habitats grow alongside native trees - a show of how adaptable our ecosystems might prove. She visits a Caribbean ghost town where volcanic flows have subsumed the streets. She explores derelict buildings ruled by urban scavengers, sneaks through barbed wire, and walks a beach made of bones on the shore of a dwindling sea. By turns haunted and hopeful, Flyn's luminous journey is pinned together with new ecological insights that map an answer to the big questions: what happens after we're gone - and how far can our damage to nature be undone? Though these strange, forgotten landscapes represent some of the most damaged spots on the planet, they are also proof how much potential we have for biological diversity, regrowth and a chance at redemption.

Islands of Abandonment

Islands of Abandonment

Author: Cal Flyn Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/01/2021

'Meticulous research, lyrical writing ... A book that goes to the eeriest, most desolate places on Earth and finds hope' LOUISE GRAY This is a book about abandoned places: exclusion zones, no man's lands, ghost towns and post-industrial hinterlands - and what nature does when we're not there to see it. Exploring some of the eeriest, most desolate places in the world, Cal Flyn asks: what happens after humans pick up and leave? Whether due to war or disaster, disease or economic decay, each extraordinary place visited in this book has been left to its own devices for decades. In this time, nature has been left to work unfettered - offering a glimpse of how abandoned land, even the most polluted regions of the world, might offer our best opportunities for environmental recovery. As part of a journey that takes her around the world, Cal Flyn travels to Chernobyl where she meets the scant handful of people who returned to their irradiated homes. She spends a night on an uninhabited Scottish island where feral cattle - descendants of a herd set loose in the 1970s - live wild. She visits a botanical garden lodged high in the cloud forests of Tanzania where exotic plants brought from opposite habitats grow alongside native trees - a show of how adaptable our ecosystems might prove. She visits a Caribbean ghost town where volcanic flows have subsumed the streets. She explores derelict buildings ruled by urban scavengers, sneaks through barbed wire, and walks a beach made of bones on the shore of a dwindling sea. By turns haunted and hopeful, Flyn's luminous journey is pinned together with new ecological insights that map an answer to the big questions: what happens after we're gone - and how far can our damage to nature be undone? Though these strange, forgotten landscapes represent some of the most damaged spots on the planet, they are also proof how much potential we have for biological diversity, regrowth and a chance at redemption.

The Species-Area Relationship

The Species-Area Relationship

Author: Thomas J. (University of Birmingham) Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

Waiting for Wolves in Japan

Waiting for Wolves in Japan

Author: John Knight Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2020

Basing this work on his ethnographic fieldwork in mountain villages of Japan's Kii Peninsula in the late 1980s (for a doctoral thesis submitted in 1992 to the London School of Economics), Knight (Queens U. Belfast) examines an issue relevant to any locale debating whether to re-introduce wolves. His analysis draws on the observation from structural

Animosity

Animosity

Author: Aaron Gekoski Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2020

Tree Kangaroos

Tree Kangaroos

Tree Kangaroos: Science and Conservation, a volume in the Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes series, provides an overview of tree kangaroo species and their relationship with humans. This exciting, interdisciplinary work on tree kangaroo science and conservation is divided into six major sections: (1) tree kangaroo evolution, genetics, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, and conservation status; (2) current and emerging threats to the species; (3) conservation programs in Australia and New Guinea with an emphasis on the human aspect of conservation; (4) the role of zoos in conservation solutions; (5) techniques and technologies to study this elusive marsupial; and (6) what is needed to keep tree kangaroos and their landscapes healthy in the future. The series on Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes includes titles focused on specific species or taxa across disciplinary boundaries and spatial scales-from genes to landscapes. Volumes are edited and written by prominent scholars and practitioners to illuminate and advance biodiversity science and conservation.

Natural Museums

Natural Museums

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2020

Yellowstone and the Smithsonian

Yellowstone and the Smithsonian

Author: Diane Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2020

In the winter of 1996-97, state and federal authorities shot or shipped to slaughter more than 1,100 Yellowstone National Park bison. Since that time, thousands more have been killed or hazed back into the park, as wildlife managers struggle to accommodate an animal that does not recognize man-made borders. Tensions over the hunting and preservation of the bison, an animal sacred to many Native Americans and an icon of the American West, are at least as old as the nation's first national park. Established in 1872, in part to protect against the wanton destruction of the fish and game, Yellowstone has from the first been dedicated to preserving wildlife along with the park's other natural wonders. The Smithsonian Institution, itself founded in 1848, viewed the park's resources as critical to its own mission, looking to Yellowstone for specimens to augment its natural history collections, and later to stock the National Zoo. How this relationship developed around the conservation and display of American wildlife, with these two distinct organizations coming to mirror one another, is the little-known story Diane Smith tells in Yellowstone and the Smithsonian. Even before its founding as a national park, and well before the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, the Yellowstone region served as a source of specimens for scientists centered in Washington, D.C. Tracing the Yellowstone-Washington reciprocity to the earliest government-sponsored exploration of the region, Smith provides background and context for many of the practices, such as animal transfers and captive breeding, pursued a century later by a new generation of conservation biologists. She shows how Yellowstone, through its relationship with the Smithsonian, the National Museum, and ultimately the National Zoo, helped elevate the iconic nature of representative wildlife of the American West, particularly bison. Her book helps all of us, not least of all historians and biologists, to better understand the wildlife management and conservation policies that followed.