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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild certainty - you will enjoy this book, 23 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Wild Hope: On the Front Lines of Conservation Success (Hardcover)
I count the author of this book as a friend and therefore you might want to discount all the good things I am going to write about his excellent book - please don't do that.

Professor Andrew Balmford FRS is one of just a handful of UK academics who understands nature conservation through doing it, talking to people who do it and thinking hard about it. As such, his book is likely to be worth reading, and it is.

The title comes from the author's wish to concentrate on good news stories, and so he chooses conservation success stories from each continent to build a picture of `Yes we can!' nature conservation. The subtitle of `On the front lines of conservation success' makes this approach clear.

Each of his chosen case studies is described with clarity, with personal experiences and through conversations with the main protagonists.

I first read the American example, of red-cockaded woodpeckers, longleaf pines and the Endangered Species Act. It is fascinating, I learned a lot and it made me think about nature conservation approaches. Each chapter will do the same to you.

And I am glad that Andrew tells some of the story of the campaign to protect nature close to his home in Ely with which he has been considerably involved. He would probably quite like me to plug this event which is a fundraiser for more local action.

This book is an uplifting read. It should be on the bookshelf of all conservationists, as all conservationists sometimes need cheering up! It is thoughtful, well-written and thought-provoking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conservation for everyone, 28 Mar. 2013
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Conservation is not a straight forward issue to deal but Andrew Balmford manages to present it in a very readable way with the minimum amount of jargon. This book does what all conservation biologists and practitioners should be doing which is to communicate the value to all of us of saving species and habitats. It does this by presenting real life projects that have managed to have some measure of success. Conservation is still an issue that is mainly a concern at the fringes of our society, this book takes a brave step to try and bring it into the mainstream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for anyone with an interest in wildlife or conservation., 11 Jun. 2014
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This book is a joy to read. One of the few uplifting conservation books, it reminds us that the tide can be turned and that there are conservation success stories out there - and explores why these examples have been successful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 May 2015
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