July 24, 2008

Habitat Management for Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5ccf16/habitat_management) has announced the addition of the "Habitat Management for Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques" report to their offering.

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 of ecologically 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.

This practical handbook describes the principles and techniques of managing and creating habitats worldwide including grasslands, forests, scrub, freshwater wetlands, coastal habitats, arable land, urban areas and gardens. Essential reading for conservation biologists and an invaluable resource for all those involved in conservation land management. 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 and shrublands, forests, woodlands and scrub, freshwater wetlands, coastal habitats, arable land, and gardens, backyards and urban areas. 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.

About the Author

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 written a number of book chapters on habitat management and monitoring techniques and is involved in efforts to improve dissemination of information on habitat management through the website conservationevidence.com. Other interests include foreign travel, photography and painting.

Key Topics Covered:


- Introduction

- Philosophical approaches to habitat management

- Setting objectives and monitoring

- General techniques and considerations

- Dry grasslands

- Dwarf-shrub habitats and shrublands

- Forests, woodlands, and scrub

- Freshwater wetlands and water bodies

- Coastal habitats

- Arable land

- Gardens, backyards, and urban areas

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/5ccf16/habitat_management

Source: Oxford University Press