By: J Andrews and D Kinsman
184 pages, B/w photos, figs, line illus
This new handbook deals with the creation and management of habitats for wildlife after extraction of sand and gravel deposits. However, it contains useful information which could be applied to management of any lake or pond, such as building of hides and nesting islands/platforms.
Site Manager's Guide: 32 pages summary of the Manual.
£5 pbk #23523
Manager's summary; photographic summary. Part 1 The operational background: sand and gravel production in the UK; the planning context; restoration of sand and gravel workings; wildlife value of gravel pits. Part 2 The needs of wildlife: determining conservation priorities; key species. Part 3 Habitat creation and management: design principles; physical form of sand and gravel excavations; wind and shelter; water depth and the watertable; soil, plants and productivity; aqautic and waterside plants; rough grass and tall herbage; wildflower grasslands; woodland, trees and shrubs, shelterbelts and hedges; islands and other bird nesting sites; improvement of old gravel pit lakes; access and visitor management; predator and pest management.
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