Rivers: A natural and not-so-natural history Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Aug 2014
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'Very readable ... beautifully illustrated ... a must.' - Brett Westwood, BBC Wildlife Magazine
''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
'This very attractive fact-filled and beautifully illustrated book by two widely respected river ecologists, describes the natural and not-so-natural changes to our rivers since the last ice age and brings us right up to date by citing some of the contentious issues relating to flood control and how rivers might be better managed and cared for now and in the future. It includes chapters on the many plants, amphibians, fish, birds and other animals that live in, on or along side our rivers and there are excellent, in depth, case studies of three very different rivers - the Meon, Dee and Endrick.' - The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology)
'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
'A tour de force ... it is part of the British Wildlife Collection, a prerequisite for the serious conservationist and interested layman alike.' - The Scotsman
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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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Anyone who lives here must have used a river at some point - for leisure or pleasure, boating, walking or fishing... and almost by definition must feel they are part of their soul.
This book takes you through every facet of rivers - their history, their geology (geomorphology?), their ups and downs in terms of pollution (good news in the past few years as fish return to many of our polluted rivers - even the Thames), the flora and fauna you would find along the river banks.
This book is as encyclopaedic as the astonishing Woodlands by Oliver Rackham - everything you need to know about Rivers - and a whole host of things you never knew.
On the first few pages I was delighted to discover the "technical" definition of the difference between a River and a Stream. If you can jump across it - it's a Stream! Perfect...
Lots of great colour pictures, beautifully laid out and gorgeous thick glossy paper.
A book to treasure and dip into - it lives by my bed for a quick read late at night or on a weekend morning when it is not quite time to get up and face another damp, soggy day.
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.
Informative, interesting and an excellent addition to any library or individual.
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