Habitat Management for Conservation is a practical handbook which describes the range of techniques used to manage land for biodiversity conservation. The opening sections discuss the general principles of habitat management, including decision-making, mitigating damaging effects of climate change, and monitoring the success of management. These are followed by a series of chapters which describe how to and shrublands, forests, woodlands and scrub, freshwater wetlands, coastal habitats, arable
land, and gardens, backyards and urban areas. For each of these habitats the book discusses the main factors influencing their value for wildlife, highlights the key decisions that need to be made, and describes and compares the effects of individual management techniques.
This comprehensive guide will be essential reading for graduate students and an invaluable resource for land managers, land-use advisors and others involved in conservation land management worldwide.
Malcolm Ausden is a Senior Ecologist at the RSPB, the UK and Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity, where he advises on the management of their network of 200 reserves and oversees monitoring on them. He is a particularly keen birder, moth enthusiast and botanist, and is interested in all types of natural history. Malcolm has written a number of book chapters on habitat management and monitoring techniques and is involved in efforts to improve dissemination of information on habitat management through the website conservationevidence.com. Other interests include foreign travel, photography and painting.
1. Introduction ; 2. Philosophies of habitat management ; 3. Setting objectives and monitoring ; 4. General techniques and considerations ; 5. Dry grasslands ; 6. Dwarf-shrub habitats and shrublands ; 7. Forests, woodlands and scrub ; 8. Freshwater wetlands and waterbodies ; 9. Coastal habitats ; 10. Arable land ; 11. Urban areas and gardens ; References