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Collins New Naturalist Library (99) - Gower Paperback – 2 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007160666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007160662
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Mullard is a professional ecologist who specialises in the management of protected areas. While he has contributed papers to conferences and seminars this is his first book. A naturalist from his early days, he is especially interested in coastal environments and common land. He spent a considerable part of his career in Gower and in 1996 organised a national conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the area's designation, which led directly to new legislation for AONBs. He is currently Director of Park Management for Northumberland National Park Authority. A keen collector of the New Naturalist series, he hopes that his contribution will increase awareness of the importance of the Gower landscape and the need for its conservation.


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By DL on 12 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Right, so I am biased, given that we live here at the edge of the world in the Gower AONB. That notwithstanding, this is a superb book for the visitor and local alike, scholar or amateur. It is beautifully produced, with learned but eminently readable sections covering all of the natural history - human, animal, vegetable, and geological - of Gower; analyses of the past; and informed sections on the future environmental and land management of Gower. The illustrations are stunning, from its evocative linocut cover to the high quality colour photographs, maps and drawings which stud the pages. This is a treasury of pleasure and information for anyone who knows this beautiful corner of the British Isles.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Norris on 2 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the New Naturalist series at its best. Brilliantly written and illustrated, this book will evoke pleasing memories of Gower if you are familiar with it, and make you want to go there if you're not. A great book for anyone keen to know more of this area, its history and nature. Full marks to Jonathann Mullard - a naturalist writing for naturalists, but making Gower accessible to all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dai Dant on 6 Nov 2007
Format: Hardcover
Chosen for its classic coastline and outstanding natural environment, Gower was the first Area of National Beauty to be designated in the United Kingdom. This is an authoritative, well written account of this highly interesting area. Johnathan Mullard knows his subject well from his former professional involvement in nature conservation of the area.
If you are keen to explore the topic and the locality, I recommend also seeking out an earlier work; The Natural History of Gower by Mary E. Gillham, 1977 (ISBN: 0905928008). The two volumes give a comprehensive insight into the flora and fauna of the penninsula.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Agnew on 26 July 2009
Format: Paperback
A lovely publication covering the geology, archaeology, wildlife, plants and all things peculiar to Gower which is not a particularly large area but extremely diverse. With this book you can access in depth some of the peculiarities of Gower life. Well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dylanben on 10 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book gives an intriguing insight into the natural history and geology of this area. It is not an area which I know, I having bought the book to determine what to look for on a future visit. It meets this requirement admirably.
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