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Books > Earth & environment > The environment > Conservation of the environment > Conservation of wildlife & habitats > General

Coral Reef Curiosities - Intrigue, Deception and Wonder on the Reef and Beyond (Hardcover): Chuck Weikert Coral Reef Curiosities - Intrigue, Deception and Wonder on the Reef and Beyond (Hardcover)
Chuck Weikert
R780 Discovery Miles 7 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (Hardcover): John Muir The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (Hardcover)
John Muir
R558 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R112 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Father of Glacier National Park - Discoveries and Explorations in His Own Words (Hardcover): George Bird Grinell Father of Glacier National Park - Discoveries and Explorations in His Own Words (Hardcover)
George Bird Grinell; Compiled by Hugh Grinnell; Foreword by John Taliaferro
R741 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R161 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Breath of Life (Hardcover): John Burroughs The Breath of Life (Hardcover)
John Burroughs
R608 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
What Wonders Await Outdoors (Paperback): Justine Avery What Wonders Await Outdoors (Paperback)
Justine Avery; Illustrated by Liuba Syrotiuk
R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Conservation by Proxy - Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species (Hardcover, 2nd None Ed.): Tim Caro Conservation by Proxy - Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species (Hardcover, 2nd None Ed.)
Tim Caro; Illustrated by Sheila Girling
R1,609 R1,277 Discovery Miles 12 770 Save R332 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The vast scope of conservation problems has forced biologists and managers to rely on "surrogate" species to serve as shortcuts to guide their decision making. These species-known by a host of different terms, including indicator, umbrella, and flagship species-act as proxies to represent larger conservation issues, such as the location of biodiversity hotspots or general ecosystem health.
Synthesizing an immense body of literature, conservation biologist and field researcher Tim Caro offers systematic definitions of surrogate species concepts, explores biological theories that underlie them, considers how surrogate species are chosen, critically examines evidence for and against their utility, and makes recommendations for their continued use. The book

  • clarifies terminology and contrasts how different terms are used in the real world
  • considers the ecological, taxonomic, and political underpinnings of these shortcuts
  • identifies criteria that make for good surrogate species
  • outlines the circumstances where the application of the surrogate species concept shows promise
"Conservation by Proxy" is a benchmark reference that provides clear definitions and common understanding of the evidence and theory behind surrogate species. It is the first book to review and bring together literature on more than fifteen types of surrogate species, enabling us to assess their role in conservation and offering guidelines on how they can be used most effectively.
The Grizzly Manifesto - In Defence of the Great Bear (Hardcover, New): Jeff Gailus The Grizzly Manifesto - In Defence of the Great Bear (Hardcover, New)
Jeff Gailus
R467 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R137 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The grizzly bear, once the archetype for all that is wild, is quickly becoming a symbol of nature's fierce but flagging resilience in the face of human greed and ignorance - and the difficulty a wealth-addicted society has in changing its ways. North America's grizzlies have been under siege ever since Europeans arrived. They'd survived the arrival of spear-wielding humans 13,000 years ago, outlived the short-faced bear, the dire wolf and the sabre-tooth cat - not to mention mastodons, mammoths and giant ground sloths the size of elephants - but grizzly bears in much of Turtle Island succumbed to 375 years of unrelenting commercialisation and industrialisation, disappearing from the Great Plains and much of the mountain West. Despite their relatively successful recovery in Yellowstone National Park, the bears' decline continues largely unchecked. And the front line in this centuries-old battle for survival has shifted to western Alberta and southern BC, where outdated mythologies, rapacious industry and disingenuous governments continue to push the Great Bear into the mountains and toward a future that may not have room for them at all.

Underland - A Deep Time Journey (Hardcover): Robert Macfarlane Underland - A Deep Time Journey (Hardcover)
Robert Macfarlane 1
R658 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R213 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2019 WINNER OF THE STANFORD DOLMAN TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING 2020 'You'd be crazy not to read this book' The Sunday Times A Guardian Best Book of the 21st Century The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet... In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart. SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2020 'Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuinely frontier pushing, unsettling and exploratory' Evening Standard 'Marvellous... Neverending curiosity, generosity of spirit, erudition, bravery and clarity... This is a book well worth reading' The Times 'Extraordinary... at once learned and readable, thrilling and beautifully written' Observer

Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests (Paperback): John Robinson, Elizabeth Bennett Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests (Paperback)
John Robinson, Elizabeth Bennett
R1,193 R998 Discovery Miles 9 980 Save R195 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Throughout the world people are concerned about the demise of tropical forests and their wildlife. Hunting by forest-dwelling people has a dramatic effect on wildlife in many tropical forests, frequently driving species to local extinction, with devastating implications for other species and the health of the forests themselves. But wildlife is an important source of protein and cash for rural peoples. Can hunting be managed to conserve biological communities while meeting human needs? Are hunting rates as practiced by tropical forest peoples sustainable? If not, what are the biological, social, and cultural implications of this failure? Answering these questions is ever more important as national and international agencies seek to integrate the development of local peoples with the conservation of tropical forest systems and species.

This book presents a wide array of studies that examine the sustainability of hunting as practiced by rural peoples. Comprising work by both biological and social scientists, "Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests" provides a balanced viewpoint on the ecological and human aspects of this hunting. The first section examines the effects of hunting on wildlife in tropical forests throughout the world. The next section looks at the importance of hunting to local communities. The third section looks at institutional challenges of resource management, while the fourth draws on economic perspectives to understand both hunting and sustainability. A final section provides synthesis and summary of the factors that influence sustainability and the implications for management.

Drawing on examples from Ecuador to Congo-Zaire to Sulawesi, "Hunting for Sustainability in Tropical Forests" will be a valuable resource to policymakers, conservation organizations, and students and scholars of biology, ecology, and anthropology.

Restoring Wildlife - Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised Ed.): Michael L. Morrison Restoring Wildlife - Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications (Hardcover, 2nd Revised Ed.)
Michael L. Morrison
R1,817 R1,433 Discovery Miles 14 330 Save R384 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title offers theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology for restoring and conserving wild animals. Restoration plans must take into account the needs of current or desired wildlife species in project areas. "Restoring Wildlife" gives ecologists, restorationists, administrators, and other professionals involved with restoration projects the tools they need to understand essential ecological concepts, helping them to design restoration projects that can improve conditions for native species of wildlife. It also offers specific guidance and examples on how various projects have been designed and implemented. The book interweaves theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology that are directly applicable to the restoration and conservation of animals. It provides an understanding of the fundamentals of wildlife populations and wildlife-habitat relationships as it explores the concept components, spatial-temporal relationships, and role in land management. It applies these concepts in developing practical tools for professionals. "Restoring Wildlife" builds on the foundation of material presented in "Wildlife Restoration", published by Island Press in 2002, offering the basic information from that book along with much updated material in a reorganized and expanded format. "Restoring Wildlife" is the only single source that deals with wildlife and restoration, and is an important resource for practicing restorationists and biologists as well as undergraduate and graduate students in wildlife management, ecological restoration, environmental science, and related fields.

Restoring Wildlife - Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications (Paperback, 2nd Revised Ed.): Michael L. Morrison Restoring Wildlife - Ecological Concepts and Practical Applications (Paperback, 2nd Revised Ed.)
Michael L. Morrison
R961 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R177 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title offers theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology for restoring and conserving wild animals. Restoration plans must take into account the needs of current or desired wildlife species in project areas. "Restoring Wildlife" gives ecologists, restorationists, administrators, and other professionals involved with restoration projects the tools they need to understand essential ecological concepts, helping them to design restoration projects that can improve conditions for native species of wildlife. It also offers specific guidance and examples on how various projects have been designed and implemented. The book interweaves theoretical and practical aspects of wildlife biology that are directly applicable to the restoration and conservation of animals. It provides an understanding of the fundamentals of wildlife populations and wildlife-habitat relationships as it explores the concept components, spatial-temporal relationships, and role in land management. It applies these concepts in developing practical tools for professionals. "Restoring Wildlife" builds on the foundation of material presented in "Wildlife Restoration", published by Island Press in 2002, offering the basic information from that book along with much updated material in a reorganized and expanded format. "Restoring Wildlife" is the only single source that deals with wildlife and restoration, and is an important resource for practicing restorationists and biologists as well as undergraduate and graduate students in wildlife management, ecological restoration, environmental science, and related fields.

The Wilderness Debate Rages on - Continuing the Great New Wilderness Debate (Hardcover): Michael P. Nelson, J. Baird Callicott The Wilderness Debate Rages on - Continuing the Great New Wilderness Debate (Hardcover)
Michael P. Nelson, J. Baird Callicott
R1,817 R1,627 Discovery Miles 16 270 Save R190 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title features writings from the battlefront of ideas over nature and wildness. Ten years ago, ""The Great New Wilderness Debate"" began a cross-disciplinary conversation about the varied constructions of 'wilderness' and the controversies that surrounded them. ""The Wilderness Debate Rages On"" will reinvigorate that conversation and usher in a second decade of debate.Like its predecessor, the book gathers both critiques and defenses of the idea of wilderness from a wide variety of perspectives and voices. ""The Wilderness Debate Rages On"" includes the best work done on the concept of wilderness over the past decade, underappreciated essays from the early twentieth century that offer an alternative vision of the concept and importance of wilderness, and writings meant to clarify or rethink the concept of wilderness. Narrative writers such as Wendell Berry, Scott Russell Sanders, Marilynne Robinson, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Lynn Laitala are also given a voice in order to show how the wilderness debate is expanding outside the academy.The writers represented in the anthology include ecologists, environmental philosophers, conservation biologists, cultural geographers, and environmental activists. The book begins with little-known papers by early twentieth-century ecologists advocating the preservation of natural areas for scientific study, not, as did Thoreau, Muir, and the early Leopold, for purposes of outdoor recreation. The editors argue that had these writers influenced the eventual development of federal wilderness policy, our national wilderness system would better serve contemporary conservation priorities for representative ecosystems and biodiversity.

Bird Watching Notebook - Birders Log to Track and Record Bird Sightings (Paperback): Bella Birdie Books Bird Watching Notebook - Birders Log to Track and Record Bird Sightings (Paperback)
Bella Birdie Books
R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Arctic Marine Sustainability - Arctic Maritime Businesses and the Resilience of the Marine Environment (Hardcover, 1st ed.... Arctic Marine Sustainability - Arctic Maritime Businesses and the Resilience of the Marine Environment (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Eva Pongracz, Victor Pavlov, Niko Hanninen
R3,680 Discovery Miles 36 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents the latest scientific views on resource use conflicts in the Arctic seas. The main areas of focus are the biological resources of Arctic seas vs. exploitation of oil and gas resources, and the conflicts in between. In addition, climate change is presented as a stressor, which both limits and facilitates the economic availability of resources in the Arctic. The book is divided into five parts. Part 1 examines Arctic ecosystems, resilience of the marine environment and possible conflicts between industrial sector and biological world. The focus of Part 2 is on transport infrastructure along the northern routes. Issues such as Arctic maritime operations, black carbon and unmanned aerial vehicles are considered. Part 3 focuses on resource use conflicts in Arctic seas and on the most recent threats in terms of Arctic oil and gas exploration, offshore logistics operations as well as transportation of oil and oil products. Discussions in Part 4 of the book are concentrated around social aspects and involvement of local communities. Tourism development, preservation of indigenous culture, engagement of communities on relevant Arctic issues, search and rescue in the cold marine environment are examples of questions raised. The book reviews Arctic-specific petroleum regulations, the state of preparedness to oil spill accidents in the region as well as the latest developments in oil spill response technologies and their limitations. Search and rescue operations are reviewed and how working in this harsh Arctic environment affects the ability of rescue technicians to perform the required technical skills. Part 5 considers the sustainability challenges arising from the marine resource exploitation. The focus is on the vulnerability of Arctic ecosystems to disturbance - both natural and anthropogenic.

The Welfare of Performing Animals - A Historical Perspective (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): David A H Wilson The Welfare of Performing Animals - A Historical Perspective (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
David A H Wilson
R4,373 R3,619 Discovery Miles 36 190 Save R754 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This timely book describes and analyses a neglected area of the history of concern for animal welfare, discussing the ends and means of the capture, transport, housing and training of performing animals, as well as the role of pressure groups, politics, the press and vested interests. It examines primary source material of considerable interdisciplinary interest, and addresses the influence of scientific and veterinary opinion and the effectiveness of proposals for supervisory legislation, noting the current international status and characteristics of present-day practice within the commercial sector. Animal performance has a long history, and at the beginning of the twentieth century this aspect of popular entertainment became the subject not just of a major public controversy but also of prolonged British parliamentary attention to animal welfare. Following an assessment of the use of trained animals in the more distant historical past, the book charts the emergence of criticism and analyses the arguments and evidence used by the opponents and proponents in Britain from the early twentieth century to the present, noting comparable events in the United States and elsewhere.

Report of the national workshop on micro-enterprise development in coastal communities in the Philippines - sharing of... Report of the national workshop on micro-enterprise development in coastal communities in the Philippines - sharing of experiences and lessons learned, ... 7-10 March 2006 (FAO fisheries report) (Paperback)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
R884 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R161 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The goals of the workshop were to exchange experiences and good practices and identify financial and institutional support services and facilities to sustain livelihoods and micro-enterprises in coastal areas. The discussions at the workshop showed that livelihoods diversification and the improvement of income and employment opportunities in coastal fishing communities are crucial for their participation in the conservation and management of aquatic resources. Key elements of sustainable micro-enterprise development as identified by the workshop include capability building of fisherfolk organizations such as cooperatives and associations to implement livelihood projects, the preparation of feasibility studies and business plans, technical skills development, sound financial management practices, development of innovative and high quality products, access to new markets including urban and regional markets and the full participation of fisherfolk in the identification of livelihood activities and micro-enterprises.

Contributions to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (Hardcover, New edition): Fernando J Goncalves, Ruth... Contributions to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (Hardcover, New edition)
Fernando J Goncalves, Ruth Pereira, Walter Leal Filho
R1,514 R1,198 Discovery Miles 11 980 Save R316 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents essential learning approaches. It introduces educational and training activities, as well as various innovative methods aiming at the development of practical skills, in order to strengthen the continuous process of environmental education, and in particular the education for sustainable development (ESD). In doing so, it focuses on three dimensions (social, economic and environmental) as a means of achieving an effective change of behaviour and "tries to bridge the gap between science and environmental education by describing a set of projects, initiatives and field activities". A special emphasis is put on teacher training programmes, conception, and implementation, highlighting the problems and barriers, which prevent development as far as integration of sustainability issues in higher education is concerned.

The Right to Be Cold - One Woman's Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change (Paperback): Sheila... The Right to Be Cold - One Woman's Fight to Protect the Arctic and Save the Planet from Climate Change (Paperback)
Sheila Watt-Cloutier; Foreword by Bill McKibben
R575 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R117 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A "courageous and revelatory memoir"(Naomi Klein) chronicling the life of the leading Indigenous climate change, cultural, and human rights advocate For the first ten years of her life, Sheila Watt-Cloutier traveled only by dog team. Today there are more snow machines than dogs in her native Nunavik, a region that is part of the homeland of the Inuit in Canada. In Inuktitut, the language of Inuit, the elders say that the weather is Uggianaqtuq-behaving in strange and unexpected ways. The Right to Be Cold is Watt-Cloutier's memoir of growing up in the Arctic reaches of Quebec during these unsettling times. It is the story of an Inuk woman finding her place in the world, only to find her native land giving way to the inexorable warming of the planet. She decides to take a stand against its destruction.The Right to Be Cold is the human story of life on the front lines of climate change, told by a woman who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential Indigenous environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world. Raised by a single mother and grandmother in the small community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Watt-Cloutier describes life in the traditional ice-based hunting culture of an Inuit community and reveals how Indigenous life, human rights, and the threat of climate change are inextricably linked. Colonialism intervened in this world and in her life in often violent ways, and she traces her path from Nunavik to Nova Scotia (where she was sent at the age of ten to live with a family that was not her own); to a residential school in Churchill, Manitoba; and back to her hometown to work as an interpreter and student counselor. The Right to Be Cold is at once the intimate coming-of-age story of a remarkable woman, a deeply informed look at the life and culture of an Indigenous community reeling from a colonial history and now threatened by climate change, and a stirring account of an activist's powerful efforts to safeguard Inuit culture, the Arctic, and the planet.

Bird Stories (Hardcover): Edith M. Patch Bird Stories (Hardcover)
Edith M. Patch
R603 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wildlife-Habitat Relationships - Concepts and Applications (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Michael L. Morrison, Bruce Marcot,... Wildlife-Habitat Relationships - Concepts and Applications (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Michael L. Morrison, Bruce Marcot, William Mannan
R1,141 R925 Discovery Miles 9 250 Save R216 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wildlife-Habitat Relationships goes beyond introductory wildlife biology texts to provide wildlife professionals and students with an understanding of the importance of habitat relationships in studying and managing wildlife. The book offers a unique synthesis and critical evaluation of data, methods, and studies, along with specific guidance on how to conduct rigorous studies. Now in its third edition, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships combines basic field zoology and natural history, evolutionary biology, ecological theory, and quantitative tools in explaining ecological processes and their influence on wildlife and habitats. Also included is a glossary of terms that every wildlife professional should know. Michael L. Morrison is professor and Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. Bruce G. Marcot is wildlife ecologist with the USDA Forest Service in Portland, Oregon. R. William Mannan is professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Farmland Conservation - Evidence for the effects of interventions in northern and western Europe (Paperback): Lynn V. Dicks,... Farmland Conservation - Evidence for the effects of interventions in northern and western Europe (Paperback)
Lynn V. Dicks, Joscelyne E Ashpole, Juliana Danhardt, Katy James, Annelie M. Jonsson, …
R974 R906 Discovery Miles 9 060 Save R68 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This synopsis covers evidence for the effects of conservation interventions for native farmland wildlife. It is restricted to evidence captured on the website www.conservationevidence.com. It includes papers published in the journal Conservation Evidence, evidence summarized on our database and systematic reviews collated by the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence. It is the thrid volume in the series Synopses of Conservation Evidence. Evidence was collected from all European countries west of Russia, but not those south of France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Romania. A list of interventions to conserve wildlife on farmland was developed collaboratively by a team of thirteen experts. A number of interventions that are not currently agri-environment options were added during this process, such as `Provide nest boxes for bees (solitary or bumblebees)' and `Implement food labelling schemes relating to biodiversity-friendly farming'. Interventions relating to the creation or management of habitats not considered commercial farmland (such as lowland heath, salt marsh and farm woodland) were removed. The list of interventions was organized into categories based on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifications of direct threats and conservation actions. Interventions that fall under the threat category `Agriculture' are grouped by farming system, with separate sections for interventions that apply to arable or livestock farms, or across all farming types.

Amphibian Conservation - Global evidence for the effects of interventions (Hardcover, New): Rebecca K. Smith, William J.... Amphibian Conservation - Global evidence for the effects of interventions (Hardcover, New)
Rebecca K. Smith, William J. Sutherland
R1,892 R1,711 Discovery Miles 17 110 Save R181 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Amphibian Conservation is the fourth in the series of Synopses of Conservation Evidence, linked to the online resource www.ConservationEvidence.com. This synopsis is part of the Conservation Evidence project and provides a useful resource for conservationists. It forms part of a series designed to promote a more evidence-based approach to biodiversity conservation. Others in the series include bee, bird, farmland and bat conservation and many others are in preparation. Approximately 32% of the 7,164+ amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction and at least 43% of species are declining. Despite this, until recently amphibians and their conservation had received little attention. Although work is now being carried out to conserve many species, often it is not adequately documented. This book brings together and summarises the available scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of amphibians. The authors consulted an international group of amphibian experts and conservationists to produce a thorough summary of what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of amphibian conservation actions across the world. "The book is packed with literature summaries and citations; a veritable information goldmine for graduate students and researchers. It also admirably provides decision makers with a well-researched resource of proven interventions that can be employed to stem/reverse the decline of amphibian populations." -John G Palis, Bulletin of the Chicago Herpetological Society

Whittled Away (Hardcover): Whittled Away (Hardcover)
R520 R422 Discovery Miles 4 220 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`Ireland's heritage is being steadily whittled away by human exploitation, pollution and other aspects of modern development. This could represent a serious loss to the nation.' Irish Government Report, June 1969 Nature in Ireland is disappearing at an alarming rate. Overfishing, industrial-scale farming and pollution have decimated wildlife habitats and populations. In a single lifetime, vast shoals of herring, rivers bursting with salmon, and bogs alive with flocks of curlew and geese have all become folk memories. Coastal and rural communities are struggling to survive; the foundations of our tourism and agricultural sectors are being undermined. The lack of political engagement frequently sees the state in the European Court of Justice for environmental issues. Padraic Fogarty authoritatively charts how this grim failure to manage our natural resources has impoverished our country. But all is not lost: he also reveals possibilities for the future, describing how we can fill our seas with fish, farm in tune with nature, and create forests that benefit both people and wildlife. He makes a persuasive case for the return of long-lost species like wild boar, cranes and wolves, showing how the interests of the country and its nature can be reconciled. A provocative call to arms, Whittled Away presents an alternative path that could lead us all to a brighter future.

Applied Ecology and Human Dimensions in Biological Conservation (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Luciano M Verdade, Maria Carolina... Applied Ecology and Human Dimensions in Biological Conservation (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Luciano M Verdade, Maria Carolina Lyra-Jorge, Carlos I. Pina
R4,545 R3,739 Discovery Miles 37 390 Save R806 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides both the conceptual basis and technological tools that are necessary to identify and solve problems related to biodiversity governance. The authors discuss intriguing evolutionary questions, which involve the sometimes surprising adaptive capacity of certain organisms to dwell in altered and/or changing environments that apparently lost most of their structure and functionality. Space and time heterogeneities are considered in order to understand the patterns of distribution and abundance of species and the various processes that mold them. The book also discusses at which level from genes to the landscape, including individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems men should intervene in nature in order to prevent the loss of biodiversity."

A Sea Monster`s Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover): Colin Speedie A Sea Monster`s Tale - In Search of the Basking Shark (Hardcover)
Colin Speedie
R634 R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Save R86 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Colin Speedie's new book takes us from swashbuckling hunts of giant sharks by reckless individuals with makeshift harpoons, through an age of mass slaughter, to the author's personal shark-tracking adventures in the name of conservation.There are few marine creatures as spectacular as the Basking Shark. At up to 11 metres in length and seven tonnes in weight, this colossal, plankton-feeding fish is one of the largest in the world, second only to the whale shark. Historically, Basking Sharks were a familiar sight in the northern hemisphere - off the coasts of Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the USA, for example. In an 18th Century world without electricity, they became the focus of active hunting for their huge livers containing large amounts of valuable oil, primarily used in lamps.Catch numbers were small enough to leave populations largely intact, but during the 20th Century a new breed of hunter joined the fray, some driven as much by a need for adventure as for financial gain. With improved equipment and experience, they exploited the shark on an industrial scale that drastically reduced numbers, leading to localised near-extinction in some areas.From the 1970's onward a new generation took to the seas, this time with conservation in mind to identify where the shark might still be found in the waters around the British Isles, employing new technologies to solve long-standing mysteries about the behaviour of this elusive creature. Using the best of both old and new research techniques, the case was built to justify the species becoming one of the most protected sharks in the oceans.Today, the Basking Shark is a much-loved cornerstone of our natural heritage. There are positive signs that the population has stabilised and may even be slowly recovering from the damage of the past, proving that timely conservation measures can be effective.Join us on a journey amidst wild seas, places, people and conservation history in the battle to protect this iconic creature - a true sea monster's tale.

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