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The Agri-Environment

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

By: John Warren (Author), Clare Lawson (Author), Ken Belcher (Author)

224 pages, illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Dec 2007 | #166755 | ISBN-13: 9780521614887
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Hardback | Dec 2007 | #166754 | ISBN-13: 9780521849654
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About this book

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. The Agri-Environment 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.

"[...] easy to read. [...] a very balanced view of a number of topics that tend toa polarise people, such as organic agriculture and the potentials for GM technology. [...] I enjoyed reading this book [...]"
- Bulletin for the British Ecological Society


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


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Biography

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.

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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