This practical handbook describes the principles and techniques of managing and creating habitats worldwide including grasslands, forests, scrub, freshwater wetlands, coastal habitats, arable land, urban areas and gardens. Essential reading for conservation biologists and an invaluable resource for all those involved in conservation land management.
Biodiversity Conservation and Habitat Management is a component of Encyclopedia of Natural Resources Policy and Management in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty one Encyclopedias. Biodiversity is declining worldwide at a very unprecedented rate as a complex response to several human-induced changes in the global environment. The magnitude of these changes is so large and their effects are so strongly linked to the altered ecosystem processes and to human (ab-)use of natural resources that biodiversity loss is today perceived as one of the most important issues that humankind should face with extreme urgency. Disseminating information, raising awareness, and propelling concern within a diversified target audience (general public, schools, local authorities, and government agencies) are also essential to develop shared responsibility and to encourage collaborative efforts and compliance. This has been the main objective of “Biodiversity Conservation and Habitat Management”. The Theme on Biodiversity Conservation and Habitat Management provides the essential aspects and a myriad of issues of great relevance to our world in eight major topics of discussion, and is focused on 1) History and Overview of Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas, 2) Management of Forests and other Wooded Habitats, 3) Management of Savannahs and Other Open Habitats, 4) Management of Wetlands, 5) Management of Tourism and Human Recreation Pressure, 6) Conservation Strategies, Species Action Plans and Translocation, 7) Captive Breeding and Gene Banks, and 8) Eradication and Control of Invasive Species. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.
A Guide for Land Managers, Land Owners and Their Advisors
Author: Abigail Entwistle
Gives general guidance aimed at conservation and land management advisors on managing the habitats for bats. This manual is divided into 2 main parts: general advice on managing particular habitats to assist foraging bats, and detailed advice on habitat management to meet the needs of each of the 16 species of bat found in the UK.
This is the first book to present monitoring as an integral component of responsible conservation management and as a catalyst for decision making. The early sections of this illustrated book cover key areas in the development of a monitoring project. The later sections of the book comprise a series of case studies covering a wide range of habitats and species. These case studies focus mostly, though not exclusively, on sites that form part of the Natura 2000 series in Europe.
Population dynamics and monitoring; Wildlife inventory by remote sensing techniques; The concept and practice of ecological monitoring over large areas of land: the systematic reconnaissance flight (SRF); Large scale measurement of habitat structure and condition and its use in interpreting animal distribution; Matrix approach to population dynamics; A model for predicting age in ungulates; Predator-prey interactions: a case study in the Masai-Mara Game Reserves, Kenya; Sample drive count of larger mammals by means of systematic belt transects; Veterinary aspects of ecological monitoring; Distribution of wildlife in relation to the water-holes in Tsavo National Park (East), Kenya; Habitat utilization; Big game utilization of natural mineral licks; Habitat management for wildlife conservation with respect to fire, salt lick, and water regime; The nutritive value of browse and its importance in traditional pastoralism; Species preferences of domestic ruminants grazing Nigerian Savannah; The use of faecal analyses in studying food habits of west African ungulates; Habitat selection and economic importance of rodents in moor plantation, Ibadan, Nigeria; Body weight, diet and reproduction of rats and mice in the forest zones of south-western Nigeria; Some aspects of the physiology of the domesticated African giant rat; Fire: The implications of woodland burning for wildlife management; An appraisal of the savannah burning problem; Effects of burning treatments on the standing crop and litter depositin in the grassland savannah of the Kainji Lake National Park; The effects of burning and grazing on the productivity and numbers of plants in Rwenzori National Park, Uganda; Management, training and education; What is wildlife management?; Management planning and practice: case histories from Mali and Benin; An ecological management plant for the Kainji Lake National Park; Some problems encountered in the field study of the grasscutter (thryonomys swinderianus) population in Ghana; The role of the Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, in reaching and research in wildlife management.
This is the first planning guide to meet the requirements of Natura 2000 sites and it brings a new dimension to the modern literature on conservation management. Combining key theories with real practice it fills a critical gap which has often hindered understanding of the planning process. The book provides historical and rational background which helps to explain what makes a really effective management plan, and it presents a practical guide to developing such a plan. It concludes with a series of case studies which illustrate the underlying principles drawn out in the text, while highlighting the different approaches demanded by very different sites.