The uplands are a crucial source of ecosystem services, such as water provision, carbon retention, maintenance of biodiversity, provision of recreation value and cultural heritage. This puts them in the focus of both environmental and social scientists as well as practitioners and land managers.. This volume brings together a wealth of knowledge of the British uplands from diverse but interrelated fields of study, clearly demonstrating their importance in 21st Century Britain, and indicating how we may through interdisciplinary approaches meet the challenges provided by past and future drivers of environmental change. The upland environments are subject to change. They face imminent threats as well as opportunities from pressures such as climate change, changes in land management and related changes in fire risk, increases in erosion and water colour, degradation of habitats, altered wildlife and recreational value, as well as significant changes in the economy of these marginal areas. This book presents up-to-date scientific background information, addresses policy related issues and lays out pressing land management questions. A number of world-class experts provide a review of cutting-edge natural and social science and an assessment of past, current and potential future management strategies, policies and other drivers of change. After appraisal of key concepts and principles, chapters provide specific examples and applications by focussing on UK upland areas and specifically the Peak District National Park as a key example for other highly valuable upland regions.
Author: Aletta Bonn,Tim Allott,Klaus Hubacek,Jon Stewart
Category: Business & Economics
This volume brings together the best of T. C. Smout's recent articles and contributions to books and journals on the topic of environmental history.
Author: T. C Smout
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Environmental History as a distinct discipline is now over a generation old, with a large and diverse group of practitioners around the globe. This book provides a reflection on the achievements, diversity, and direction of environmental history in its varied national, international and continental contexts.
History and the Environment
Author: S. Sörlin,P. Warde
There have been significant changes to farming and forestry, and new strategies for agriculture, forestry and biodiversity have been launched. The influence of farming and forestry on Scotland's landscapes is seen as increasingly important, and new access rights have been put in place by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Although these changes bring uncertainty and challenges, they also bring a major opportunity to move decisively towards integrating landscape, biodiversity and recreational objectives in land management. This book takes stock of the changes taking places and considers a number of case studies, which together suggest that progress is being made, looks ahead at future research and advisory needs, and highlights some key challenges to achieving better integration in the future.
Towards a More Integrated Future
Author: Scottish Natural Heritage
Publisher: The Stationery Office
Heathlands in Europe reflect a long history of human activity. This book shows us both the diversity in use all over Europe combining this with the newest insights in ecology. Central theme is how to cover the costs of maintenance of these heathlands. Is their future in new types of commons, or do other types of land ownership using the revenues of heathland ecosystem services give better opportunities?
Heathland Ecology and Management
Author: W. Herbert Diemont,Wim J.M. Heijman,Henk Siepel,Nigel R. Webb
Here is a collection of papers from BIOGEOMON, The Fourth International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior. The contributions address a wider-than-ever range of concerns: aspects of catchment monitoring and modeling; nitrogen transformations and processes; stable and radiogenic isotopes; biogeochemistry of restored ecosystems; and the dynamics of such chemicals as mercury and phosphorous, among many other topics.
Author: R. Kelman Wieder,Martin Novák,Melanie A. Vile
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Category: Soil management
Biological Diversity takes a fresh, innovative approach to the teaching of biodiversity. Rather than detailing and cataloguing the major taxa and their evolutionary relationships, the authors have selected 18 groups of organisms and used these as a framework in which to discuss the species and their interactions with man and each other. There is a strong narrative theme throughout – the exploited and the exploiters - and, in many cases, there is emphasis on the historical context. A wide range of organisms are covered, from the unicellular to birds and mammals and with an equal consideration of plants and animals. Species have been chosen for their ability to best illustrate particular biological principles, and for their strong interaction with other species. After an introduction the book is divided into two parts: ‘Exploited’ and ‘Exploiters’. Each of the chapters, although linked to each other, forms a stand-alone essay. They are scientifically rigorous, up-to-date and do not shy away from addressing some controversial issues. Chapters have’ text boxes’ highlighting important issues and concepts, lists of further reading and references. In addition to tables and figures the book has a selection of original illustrations drawn by leading artist Steven Appleby. This fresh approach will appeal to all those interested in the biological sciences, and aims to be accessible to people with a diversity of backgrounds. It will prove particularly useful to biology students, enabling them to get to grips with important biological principles and concepts that underpin the diversity of life, and the interrelationship of humans with other groups of organisms.
Exploiters and Exploited
Author: Paul E. Hatcher,Nick Battey
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
As concern for the countryside becomes ever more serious, and agencies are faced with conflicting objectives, this book highlights specific concerns from different perspectives--that of the archaeologist, the geographer, the countryside planner, the landowner, and the forester. It examines the efforts these differing bodies are making to understand the environment and illustrating the ways in which each can enrich the other's understanding and management of the landscape.
In Its Environmental Setting
Author: T. C. Smout
Publisher: Scottish Cultural Pr
the creation of moorland landscape in England and Wales
Author: Ian Gordon Simmons
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
Scotland's natural environment is its most treasured asset and the subject of its most vociferous debates. Charles Warren tackles land reform, the future of farming, public access, conservation of moorland and birds of prey, the place of forestry, and the control of alien species and red deer, taking up the integration of conservation with social and economic objectives.
Author: Charles Warren
Category: Business & Economics
The studies of landscape, history, habitats and archaeology that are reported in this book will be of interest to visitors to these isolated and most attractive and hospitable Atlantic islands, and to researchers active in similarly fragile maritime environments around the world.
The Last 14,000 Years
Author: D. D. Gilbertson,Martin Kent,John Grattan
Publisher: Burns & Oates
Category: Animals, Fossil
Category: Forests and forestry
28-30 March 2000, University of York
Category: Vegetation management
This book is about four centuries of conflict over some of the most valued landscapes in Europe. Combining social and cultural history with ecology and geography T. C. Smout has written one of the most profound, as well as one of the most entertaining works of environmental history ever published. The highlands, islands and borders of Scotland, the Lake District and northern moors of England form a natural region, whose wildness has inspired some and oppressed others. The crags and moorlands have been both treasured for their beauty and biodiversity and reviled as unproductive deserts to be improved and reclaimed. The context between these two views of nature - conservation versus development; jobs versus birds; landscape versus forestry; use versus delight -- is at the centre of the book.
environmental history in Scotland and Northern England since 1600
Author: T. Christopher Smout
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr