Edited By: Marinus L Otte
256 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs, illus
Paperback | Dec 2003 | #144717 | ISBN: 1900621894
Hardback | Dec 2003 | #144718 | ISBN: 1900621886
Ireland is noted for its wet and mild climate. Because on average more water precipitates than evaporates, the island is rich in wetlands - marshes, swamps, fens, bogs, lagoons, floodplains and wet meadows, to name but a few. This book brings together specialists in wetland science discussing a wide range of topics from an Irish perspective, including the ecology, fauna, vegetation and distribution of various types of wetlands; the use of wetlands for wastewater management; the archaeology of wetlands; and protection and conservation.
Life in wetland environments, Marinus L. Otte. Distribution, ecology and uses of wetlands in Ireland: salt marshes, T. G. F. Curtis; uniquely Irish 1 - Spartina in Ireland, Mark McCorry, Tom G. F. Curtis and Marinus L. Otte; coastal lagoons, Brenda Healy; peatlands - fens and bogs, Gerard J. Doyle and Colman O Criodain; callows and floodplains, Stephen Heery; uniquely Irish 2 - corncrakes on the Shannon Callows, Catherine Casey; turloughs, Roger Goodwillie and Julian D. Reynolds; vegetation of turloughs, Roger Goodwillie; fauna of turloughs and other wetlands, Julian D. Reynolds; uniquely Irish 3 - the turlough form of Ranunculus repens, Deirdre Lynn and Stephen Waldren; wetland woods, John R. Cross and D. L. Kelly; canals and canal banks, Brigid Johnston; constructed wetlands for treatment of waste water, Feidhlim Harty and Marinus L. Otte; uniquely Irish 4 - an experimental wetland for treatment of sulphate-rich mine water at Tara Mines, Marinus L. Otte, Aisling D. O'Sullivan, Ciara Finnegan, Eric Brady and Declan Murray. The wetlands - aspects of general interest: birds of Irish wetlands - a review, Richard G. W. Nairn; the archaeology of Irish bogs, Barry Raftery; the value of wetlands, Marinus L. Otte; conservation and management of wetlands in Ireland, Gerard Clabby; conclusion, Marinus L. Otte. Appendix: Pointers to sources of information on wetlands - databases, internet addresses.
a valuable edition to the bookshelf of all who have an interest in ecology and the formation of our island. Bookview Ireland July 2003 "No one book had brought all the wetlands together, or made the case for their conservation. Distribution, Ecology, Uses and Economic Value is the subtitle, leaving little room to wonder what wetlands are 'good for'." Irish Times, August 2003 "Never was a book so needed to highlight the importance of Ireland's wetlands, many of which are under pressure from building activities, especially in coastal areas and particularly in estuaries ... easy to understand and a wonderful present for a family. It is a must for libraries, policy makers and especially local authority planners." Sherkin Comment 2007