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The Agri-Environment


  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521614887

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  • The application of ecological theory and conservation biology to agricultural ecosystems has become an important and growing research field and undergraduate course component in recent years. This book is both an academic textbook and practical guide to farm conservation, and has evolved from the authors' extensive teaching experience. It covers the ecology of farmed land, how agricultural practices influence the environment, how agriculture has changed over time and how the species that inhabit the agri-environment have adapted. It also covers the history of agricultural policy and subsidies and the development of agri-environment schemes. A number of different farming systems are discussed, as are the difficulties in determining their relative merits. Guidance is offered on how to produce a workable farm conservation plan, and the final chapters look to the future and the development of new, greener farming systems.

    • Has evolved from authors' extensive teaching experience
    • Has a grounding in theory so the reader can avoid making practical mistakes
    • Contains a practical guide to producing a farm conservation plan, combining ecology and agriculture
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    '…easy to read. … a very balanced view of a number of topics that tend to polarise people, such as organic agriculture and the potentials for GM technology. …I enjoyed reading this book…' Bulletin for the British Ecological Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521614887
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.472kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 19 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to agro-ecology
    2. Agricultural support and environmentalism
    3. Environmental impacts of agriculture
    4. Principles behind agri-environment schemes
    5. Farm conservation planning
    6. Habitat management
    7. The management of agricultural wastes
    8. Low impact farming systems
    9. Landscape and farmscape ecology
    10. The future of agri-environmental systems.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Conservation Biology Seminar
  • Authors

    John Warren, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
    Dr John Warren has 20 years of research and teaching experience in agroecology, at the University of Liverpool and the University of the West Indies. He spent seven years at the Scottish Agricultural College as head of the Farmland Ecology Unit, and is currently director of education and lecturer at the Institute of Rural Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

    Clare Lawson, University of Reading

    Kenneth Belcher, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    Dr Ken Belcher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to this, he was a waterfowl and wetland biologist and he maintains a strong interest in the interactions and potential conflicts between agricultural systems and wildlife conservation.

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