An Illustrated Guide to British Upland Vegetation

Author: Alison Averis,Ben Averis,John Birks,David Horsfield,Des Thompson,Marcus Yeo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781784270155
Category: Science
Page: 454
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An Illustrated Guide to British Upland Vegetation is the first comprehensive, single book on plant communities in the British uplands. It provides concise descriptions of all currently recognised British upland vegetation types. Written by a team comprising some of the most experienced upland field botanists and ecologists in the UK, the book brings together all of the upland communities described in the National Vegetation Classification together with a number of previously undescribed assemblages of plant species. A key enables the reader to classify vegetation in the field. Each vegetation type is described clearly and vividly, with guidance on how to differentiate between similar looking communities. There are detailed sections on the ecology, conservation and management of each community, and up-to-date distribution maps. This is the outcome of many years of field work in the British uplands, much of it supported by the UK Government conservation agencies. The book will be an indispensable guide for anyone with a keen interest in the uplands, notably ecologists, land managers, lecturers, and students, as well as the many organisations actively involved in this special environment. 'Using the Rodwell classification, the authors have blended in their own ecological expertise to produce - at last - an account of British upland vegetation which is readable, visual and comprehensive. Its value to nature conservation will be immense.' Dr Derek Ratcliffe, former Chief Scientist, Nature Conservancy Council 'Here is an outstanding companion and rich information-source for all whose occupations and interests lead them to the uplands. It not only furnishes a clear and 'user-friendly' guide to the diversity of vegetation types, but also provides a masterly overview of the upland environment.' Professor Charles H. Gimingham, Former Regius Professor of Botany, University of Aberdeen This book is a reprint edition of ISBN-10 1-86107-553-7 (2004).

Plants and Habitats

An Introduction to Common Plants and Their Habitats in Britain and Ireland
Author: Ben Averis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780957608108
Category: Plants
Page: 396
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Combines the species and habitat approaches to plants and vegetation. This book features 700 plant species that are selected as those which are common, conspicuous or useful ecological indicators; species which collectively make up most of the vegetation in Britain and Ireland.

Upland Habitats

Author: Alan F. Fielding,Paul F. Haworth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134677774
Category: Science
Page: 164
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Upland Habitats presents a comprehensive illustrated guide to the habits wildlife and conservation of Britains last wilderness areas. These include: heather moors, sheep walk deer forest, blanket bogs, montane and sub-montane forests. The book examines the unique characteristics of uplands and the ecological processes and historical events that have shaped them since the end of the last glaciaton. Among the key conservation and management issues explored in are: * modern agricultural practices and economics * habitat degradation through overgrazing * commercial forest plantations * the persecution of wildlife * recreation in the uplands * the funding of upland farming.

Silent Summer

The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland
Author: Norman Maclean
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521519667
Category: Nature
Page: 765
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Authoritative and easily accessible account of the wildlife of Britain and Ireland, what is declining, what is not, and why.

Birds and Habitat

Relationships in Changing Landscapes
Author: Robert J. Fuller
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521897564
Category: Nature
Page: 542
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Synthesises important concepts, patterns and issues relating to avian habitat selection, drawing on examples from Europe, North America and Australia.


The Natural History of a Mountain Lake
Author: Neil L. Rose
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402039867
Category: Science
Page: 503
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The remote mountain loch of Lochnagar is one of the most studied freshwater bodies in Europe. This book brings together knowledge gained over two decades of multi-disciplinary scientific study, with the results of lake sediment research covering millennia, to show how the loch has developed both naturally and as a result of human impact. Particular emphasis is placed on how this fragile ecosystem, and others like it, may be affected by future climate change.

National Vegetation Classification

Users' Handbook
Author: John S. Rodwell
Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781907807329
Category: Nature
Page: 68
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This handbook provides a general introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). It details the methodology for sampling and describing vegetation in the field, explains how such information can be used to identify plant communities and outlines the character of the classification itself and the accounts of vegetation types it contains. It also discusses the important issues involved in carrying out an NVC survey of a site and gives a brief indication of other applications of the scheme. This is a reprint edition 186107574X published in 2006.

Grassland Restoration and Management

Author: David Blakesley,Peter Buckley
Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1784270717
Category: Nature
Page: 272
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Following the destruction of 95% of meadows during the twentieth century, there is an urgent need to understand what little unspoiled habitat remains in order to plan the management and restoration of existing sites, as well as re-creating future grassland habitats. This book is a much-needed guide to grassland restoration and management.Providing a thorough overview of recent research on grassland restoration and its implications for practical grassland restoration and management, it introduces grassland communities and the wildlife they support, including examples of species of conservation concern, and considers the management of semi-natural grassland habitats with particular emphasis on drier grassland habitats.Chapters cover: - Grassland character and communities - Introduction to grassland wildlife - Managing semi-natural grassland - Grassland restoration – threats and challenges - Opportunities in grassland restoration - Plant material for grassland restoration - Defining success in grassland restoration.A variety of management techniques are examined, including soil amendment, cultivation, harvesting and maintenance in creating suitable conditions for the successful restoration of species-rich grasslands.It is essential reading for conservationists, site owners or managers, practitioners, conservation organizations and students of ecological restoration with an interest in the creation of new grassland habitats, the restoration of semi-natural grassland, as well as the continuing management of semi-natural (unimproved) grassland communities.

British Plant Communities

Author: J. S. Rodwell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521627191
Category: Nature
Page: 552
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The first systematic and comprehensive account of the vegetation types of this country.

National Vegetation Classification

Field Guide to Mires and Heaths
Author: T. Elkington,N. Dayton,DL Jackson,I. m. Strachan
Publisher: Pelagic Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781907807503
Category: Science
Page: 120
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The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) has become the standard classification used for describing vegetation in Britain. It is a 'phytosociological' classification, classifying vegetation solely on the basis of the plant species of which it is composed. The NVC breaks down each broad vegetation type into communities. Many of these communities contain two or more sub-communities, in a few cases further divided into variants. The second volume of British Plant Communities (Rodwell, 1991) provides a detailed account of 38 mire communities and 22 heath communities, with information on their composition, structure and distribution. The summary descriptions here are derived directly from the full accounts prepared by John Rodwell but are in no way a substitute for them. Rather they are intended as an aide-memoire to assist surveyors in the field or for anyone else wishing to familiarise themselves with the overall scheme of classification for mires and heaths. This is a reprint edition (with no amendments) of ISBN 1-86107-526-X.

Britain’s Habitats

A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Britain and Ireland
Author: Sophie Lake,Durwyn Liley,Robert Still,Andy Swash
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400873193
Category: Nature
Page: 272
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A photographic guide to habitats, this lavishly illustrated book provides a comprehensive overview of the natural history and conservation landscape of Britain and Ireland. In essence a field guide, the book leads the reader through all the main habitat types, with information on their characteristics, extent, geographical variation, key species, cultural importance, origins and conservation. It aims to help visitors to the countryside recognize the habitats around them, understand how they have evolved and what makes them special, and imagine how they might change in the future. This book is the perfect companion for anyone travelling in Britain and Ireland, and essential reading for all wildlife enthusiasts, professional ecologists and landscape architects. Individual sections on all the main habitat types found in Britain and Ireland More than 680 evocative colour photographs, including images from around Britain and Ireland in all seasons Details and photographs of key species and features associated with the different habitats Up-to-date information—including maps—on the distribution, extent and importance of all habitat types Information on key nature conservation designations and different systems of habitat classification

Flora of Madeira

Author: J. R. Press,Marian Short
Publisher: Stationery Office/Tso
Category: Botany
Page: 574
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Hostile Habitats

Scotland's Mountain Environment
Author: Nick Kempe,Mark Wrightham,Scottish Mountaineering Trust,Scottish Natural Heritage (Agency)
Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Club
ISBN: 9780907521938
Category: Mountains
Page: 256
View: 2015

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Compiled by some of the country's leading experts in their fields, this book offers a detailed introduction to the natural and man-made environment of Scotland's mountains, written by hillwalkers for hillwalkers.

Mountain Flowers & Trees of Caucasia

Author: Shamil Shetekauri,Martin Jacoby
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789994098415
Category: Flowers
Page: 320
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Caucasia lies between the Black and Caspian Seas and on the boundary between Europe and Asia. It includes the highest, most dramatic, least spoiled and least known mountain ranges of the northern hemisphere after the Himalayas and Rockies. The area supports about 6,400 species of vascular plant of which a quarter occur nowhere else (i.e. they are endemic to the region), and about 850 species of vertebrate animal of which some 120 are endemic. This is the highest percentage of endemism in the temperate world, and makes Caucasia one of the most important hotspots of biodiversity on Earth. This book describes and illustrates in full colour nearly all the wild flowers, trees and shrubs that can be found over 1000 metres above sea level - almost a thousand species. The authors hope that this field guide will encourage you to visit the mountains of Caucasia to look at their unique and spectacular assemblage of flowering plants, and so help justify its continued existence. This book is also available in German as Gebirgsflora & Baume des Kaukasus.

The Birds of Costa Rica

A Field Guide
Author: Richard Garrigues
Publisher: Comstock Pub Assoc
ISBN: 9780801479885
Category: Nature
Page: 448
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"Field guide for identifying birds in the field in Costa Rica. Includes descriptions, range maps, and illustrations of all 903 species definitely known from Costa Rica, including pelagics and species regular to Cocos Island. Includes alphabetical quick-find indexes of groups and families on the inside back cover"--

The Orvis Guide to Upland Hunting

Author: Reid Bryant
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0789327740
Category: Hunting
Page: 256
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An extensively illustrated and definitive resource that explains all there is to know about upland hunting. The Orvis Guide to Upland Hunting provides an in-depth primer for new or aspiring hunters, offering a solid understanding of upland hunting from A to Z. With stunning images by acclaimed outdoor photographer Brian Grossenbacher, this book is far more than an instructional piece: it will give the pursuit of upland game birds flesh, emotion, and identity. The book offers instruction on the finer points of selecting and fitting of a shotgun, specialized field gear, and the keys to proper wing-shooting technique--from stance to gun swing--as well as describing the bird species and habitats that define North American upland hunting. It then delves into scenarios that involve entering the field, hunting with a guide and dogs, and dispatching and processing harvested game. From gun safety and ownership to sustainable, ethical hunting practices, this book teaches and inspires the complete hunter through well-written and informative text and the best photography from the field.

Woodland Habitats

Author: Mark Frater,Helen J. Read
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134677707
Category: Science
Page: 212
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Woodland habitats explores the history and ecology of British woodland and explains why they a re such a valuable resource. It examines the wide range of different types of woodland habitats and the typical species that live within them. It offers a practical guide to all the key woodland issues including: *conservation and management * coppicing * grazing in woodlands * fire breaks * recreation * management for game * pasture woodland and commercial forestry Woodland Habitats also includes a guide to notable sites with location maps and illustrations, suggested practical projects and a full glossary of terms.

Methods to Study Litter Decomposition

A Practical Guide
Author: Manuel A.S. Graça,Felix Bärlocher,Mark O. Gessner
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402033483
Category: Science
Page: 329
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Decomposition of organic matter is a major ecosystem process involving an array of different organisms, including bacteria, fungi and invertebrates. The main objective of this book is to provide students and laboratory instructors at universities and professional ecologists with a broad range of established methods to study plant litter decomposition. Detailed protocols for direct use in the field or laboratory are presented in an easy to follow step-by-step format. A short introduction to each protocol reviews the ecological significance and principles of the technique and points to key references. Although most methods are described for freshwater ecosystems, many will work equally well in the presented or slightly modified form for studies in marine and terrestrial environments.