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Gower (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 99) [Hardcover]

Jonathan Mullard
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2 May 2006 Collins New Naturalist Library (Book 99)

A definitive natural history of the Gower Peninsula, coinciding with its 50th anniversary as an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, from its heritage coast and its appeal to the naturalist, to the geology, geomorphology, conservation and ecological history of this diverse area.

Located to the south west of Swansea and often described as Wales in miniature, Gower Peninsula was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in May 1956. The area is unique in terms of the variety of the habitats and species that occur within its 188 square kms. As a result, it has a greater diversity of conservation designations than almost anywhere else in the UK.

The natural history of Gower is like most parts of the British Isles – inextricably linked to the activities of man across many thousand years. New Naturalist Gower Peninsula uses the evolving landscape and the effect that the associated changes have had on species and habitats as its core approach. It provides a detailed examination of:

• The integration of the archaeological and historic landscape with the natural landscape and its associated species

• The geological creation of the peninsula

• Man’s influence on the natural environment over the centuries

• The coast and channel, including the limestone cliffs, beaches, caves and saltwater marsh

• The environmental impact of the Sea Empress oil disaster in 1996, which discharged 72,000 tonnes of oil into the sea off Gower

• The ongoing conservation of the area and the contribution that naturalists can make

Mullard also looks at notable plants species and the over-wintering bird populations on the estuary, which are of international importance. The culmination of years of research and rich with the latest information and full colour illustrations, New Naturalist Gower Peninsula is a valuable source of information on this diverse and fascinating area.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007160674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007160679
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 16 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,683 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 May 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars New Naturalist winner. 2 Jan 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great place, excellent book 6 Nov 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know about Gower 26 July 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gower - an intriguing insight 10 Mar 2011
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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