304 pages, colour & b/w photos
'Moorland' makes up the largest single vegetation type in the United Kingdom. It is internationally important culturally and nationally valuable for agriculture, conservation and field sports. Over the past half-century, many aspects have been subjected to detailed scientific study so the scale and depth of knowledge about this area is greater than ever before. However, as mans' understanding has increased, management standards have tended to decline in many places and there are fewer people living in the uplands with the knowledge and skills necessary to make the moorland system work properly in practice and on a sustainable basis. In Moorland Management John Phillips draws together proven expertise and management tactics for the benefit of those responsible for this wonderful land-type to carry forward into the twenty-first century.
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John Phillips was born in Ayrshire and learned country skills almost as soon as he could walk. After Harrow and Cambridge, where he read agriculture, he worked as a hill shepherd in Galloway, a cattleman in Midlothian and a farm manager in Perthshire. In 1959, he bought a farm in Fife and in 1965, career-switched and became a game manager at Fordingbridge. In 1974 he started a consultancy and specialised in addressing the conflicts between foresters, farmers, sportsmen and conservation objectives. He founded The Heather Trust in 1984.