Heathland (British Wildlife Collection) (Hardcover)
An absorbing celebration of the ecology, biology, geology and cultural history of one of Britain's most important and vulnerable landscapes.
Heathlands are so much more than simply purple carpets of heather. This latest addition to the British Wildlife Collection celebrates the diversity and natural history of a distinct and vulnerable cultural landscape, one that can be found throughout the British Isles.
Beginning with an introduction to heathlands, how they can be defined and the associated wildlife that may be encountered there, Clive Chatters goes on to take the reader on a geographical tour of suites of heathlands throughout the British lowlands, with an in memoriam nod to those that have been erased from common memory and understanding. He concludes with a review of how people have perceived and used heathland wildlife over the ages, and sets out a future vision for the conservation of this iconic landscape, its unique habitats and the species that live there.
About the Author
Clive Chatters lives and works in the New Forest, England's largest and most complete heathland landscape. He has spent his career in the front line of nature conservation, in both the statutory and charitable sectors. He is first and foremost a naturalist who enjoys exploring the British countryside and researching the history of how it has been shaped. Clive has written widely, including the Saltmarsh volume earlier in the series.
“Chatters’ expertise and enthusiasm brings the subject to life as he explores the history and ecology of these wildlife-rich habitats.” - BBC Wildlife
“An ecological masterpiece, generous in its sympathies, awe-inspiring in its breadth of knowledge, and genuinely enticing in its journey around heathland Britain. This is a book that ought to influence policy. As always in this series, the illustrations and design are top class.” - Peter Marren, British Wildlife
“Offers great coverage of a habitat which is always under pressure ... worth every penny” - Birdwatching magazine
“An ever-timely reminder of why we should treasure and repair the few fragments [of heathland] that survive today.” - Plantlife
“Beautifully designed, uncluttered and attractively laid out, and with many hundreds of colourful images interspersed throughout... eminently readable. Clive writes impeccably in a bright and engaging way, making the subject matter compelling and comprehensible.” - Open Space
“Clive writes impeccably in a bright and engaging way, making the subject matter compelling and comprehensible.” - Open Spaces Society
“Essential reading for anyone who wants to keep up with the conservation debate” - Alex Lockton, BSBI News
“In a brief review it is hard to convey the range and wealth of detail: the only possible remedy is, of course, to obtain and read a copy.” - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust