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Rivers [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Nigel Holmes & Paul Raven
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Book Description

10 Aug 2014
Rivers, volume three in the British Wildlife Collection, is a new, definitive study of a subject that has never been more topical. Britain's rivers are beautiful, varied and essential, yet as we see with increasing frequency if mismanaged they can be hugely destructive. From a general introduction to river-types and to their development and history in Britain, to a detailed analytical comparison of three examples - the Meon, Dee and Endrick - this book examines the incredibly varied ecosystem of rivers as a whole, both throughout history and in the troubled present, and the vast range of creatures who live in, around and above the water. This is a work of accessible scholarship whose broad sweep is never achieved at the expense of its keen eye for detail, and is essential reading for serious conservationist and interested layman alike. It is the only book you will ever need to understand one of the most important, contentious and elemental features of the British landscape.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: British Wildlife Publications (10 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956490255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956490254
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Compiled by two titans of pragmatic ecology ... it mixes a historical and geological look at our waterways with more serious scientific materials ... How healthy is your local river? You might enjoy walking alongside it, but what are its prospects? Can it support wildlife? If you don't feel qualified to answer these questions, fear not. Rivers ... has just been published.' - Lucy Siegle, The Observer

'A superb book' - David Bellamy

'Gorgeous AND authoritative - a wonderful combination' - Andrew Motion

'It is some time since I read a book so crammed with information. What is more, it does not just dip into rivers, but covers the whole riparian habitat and associated wildlife as well. Add to this the past and present problems faced by rivers, coupled with recommendations for their future management and you can begin to see why it is full of fascinating material. Highly recommended.'- Gamewise (Magazine of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)

'This is the third volume in a new series which I would urge readers to get as this could be start of the most important series of wildlife books to come out for many years ... this is as good an account as I can remember reading on this vexed subject.' --Ray Collier, Highland News

'An inviting book with informative content complemented by a mixture of photos, diagrams and tables. The pictures are fantastic throughout, not only in their quality but also in their use. Each image has been chosen with extreme care ... Rivers is enjoyable and well written. Unlike many within the genre, it feels like a complete book instead of a series of chapters on different subjects. Each chapter contributes to the overall theme and story, everything is relevant. It also looks fantastic and you could easily find yourself flicking through as well as reading from cover to cover.' - The River Restoration Centre

Praise for Mushrooms - 'The greatest book about mushrooms you'll ever read ...' Michael McCarthy, The Independent.
Praise for Meadows - 'Informative, insightful and inspiring ...' --The Guardian

Praise for Mushrooms - 'The greatest book about mushrooms you'll ever read ...' Michael McCarthy, The Independent Praise for Meadows - 'Informative, insightful and inspiring ...' --The Guardian

'Gorgeous AND authoritative - a wonderful combination' - --Andrew Motion

About the Author

Having undertaken PhD studies on the River Tweed and practical research on river transfers at Durham University, Nigel Holmes was from 1978 the Nature Conservancy Council s river specialist. He developed several survey and assessment methods that are used nationally and internationally, and formed the River Restoration Centre in 1992.
Paul Raven has been a conservation professional since undertaking detailed studies of the River Roding in Essex for his PhD. He was the first national conservation officer for the National Rivers Authority, was head of ecology for the Environment Agency, and continues his work in conservation and freshwaters in particular.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There has already been plenty of praise for the first 2 volumes of the British Wildlife Collection. This, the third in the series, continues this trend - very high quality at an extremely good price. The book is beautifully produced and lavishly illustrated. The writing is thoughtful and very easy to read, full of insight and clearly the product of research of a very high standard indeed. The experience of the authors shines through.

There are many good books which cover many different aspects of river ecology but, to my knowledge, this is the first which covers the subject through a historical perspective and goes on to relate this to current thinking on how such environments should be managed. The 'past, present and future' approach makes this an invaluable addition to the library of anybody with an interest in the subject or with any leaning towards the natural environment, be they professional or entusiastic amateurs. It is to be heartily recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Sep 2014
Fantastic book! A journey through the history of rivers and associated wildlife, accompanied by some great photography.
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Very well researched and presented.
Informative, interesting and an excellent addition to any library or individual.
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