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The Firth of Forth: An Environmental History [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

T.C. Smout , Mairi Stewart
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4 Oct 2012
The Firth of Forth combines a rich wildlife with a history of long and intense human activity around its shores and in its waters. At one time, herring, cod and haddock, with many other edible fish, were vastly more numerous, but seals and seabirds much rarer than they are now. Once, the rivers running into the Firth were so polluted that people could set fire to some of the burns; now the water is often as pure as it has ever been since records began. Illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs, this is a capitivating exploration into the life of the Firth of Forth which considers a wide range of questions. How have people affected and exploited the wildlife, and how in turn has it determined the lives of people? What changes to the biodiversity of the Firth have taken place as a result of human interference? Why has pollution been easier to control than over-fishing? What were the unintended consequences to the natural heritage both of pollution and of cleaning-up, and what role has conservation had in bringing about changes?

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (4 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178027064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270647
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Painstakingly researched and deeply engrossing' --The Scotsman

'A very absorbing read: every estuary should have one!' --Scottish Wildlife Magazine

'A fascinating study with a broad, judicious sweep and tone' --Reviews in History

About the Author

Christopher Smout is Historiographer Royal in Scotland and Emeritus Professor of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews. He has written widely on Scottish economic, social and demographic history, and since the mid 1990s has been much concerned with environmental history. 'He was the first deputy chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage in the 1990s'. Mairi Stewart is an environmental historian specialising in Scottish woodland history. She joined the staff of the UHI Centre for History in 2005 and is currently working on a four-year research project dealing with the social history of twentieth-century Scottish forestry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Informative Read 10 April 2013
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Having read the review about this book in British Wildlife along with an interest in Scotland and Natural History I was tempted into buying this book and I am glad that I did.Whilst roughly half the book is about commercial fishing it proved to be well written and thus was diifficult to put down. The remainder of the book was even more fascinating covering land reclaimation,sewage disposal and wildlife,especially my favourite bird...the Gannet.
Do not be put off by the fact that the book is paperback because it is of good quality with plenty of black and white photographs inserted into the text along with 8 pages of colour photographs in the middle. I was going to pass the book but it is so good that I will be keeping it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firth of Forth 8 Mar 2013
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This is an immensely readable and scholarly work. So much detail, so much research. Prof. Smout has a real ability to write an academic text that appeals to the lay reader and brings history to life. If you know the area well, then reading this book will show you an entirely new dimension to the environment of the Forth that you'd never have noticed on a daily commute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our river 22 Jan 2014
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Fascinating to find out about the history, sociology and ecology of places we know so well. Very well written and readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 24 Aug 2013
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beautifully produced and the photos are so useful and beautiful I love this book! And it includes St Andrews my home town and I remember when the one fishing boat there caught 1 cran of fish a day.
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