The Native Woodlands of Scotland

Ecology, Conservation and Management

Author: Scott Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748692842

Category: History

Page: 352

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Topical information on ecology, conservation and management for Scottish native woodlands This authoritative textbook provides a convenient single source of up-to-date information about the fascinating native woodland habitats of Scotland, putting these into their wider British, European and global contexts. It draws upon professional experience of scientific research, survey and management, where the author has studied many important native woodlands in Scotland and beyond. It helps readers understand and value these irreplaceable habitats, at a time when they are required to produce a growing range of services to Scotland's people, while facing threats from climate change, pests and diseases. Following a contextual introduction and history four chapters deal with individual Scottish native woodland types - pinewoods, oak/ birch woodlands, ash woodlands and wet woodlands, along with minor types such as juniper, hazel, aspen and elm. Three chapters deal with actions for native woodland - conservation management, woodland creation and inter-linkages with plantations. A shorter chapter looks to the future, followed by a comprehensive gazetteer of native woodland sites to visit. Whether a student, a private woodland owner, a professional forester or interested in woodlands as a rambler or amateur naturalist, this attractive book provides the information you need in one convenient volume. Key Features: Covers all major aspects of relevance to Scottish native woodland ecology, conservation and management within a single convenient volume Pitched at a technical level to attract those relatively new to the subject Contains illustrated examples of the author's extensive record of woodland study within Scotland and beyond Timely publication when interest in native woodlands has never been stronger FROM APF This book presents up-to-date information about Scotland's native woodlands. It draws upon professional experience of scientific research, survey and management, where the author has studied many important native woodlands in Scotland and beyond. It helps readers understand and value these irreplaceable habitats, at a time when they are required to produce a growing range of services to Scotland's people, while facing threats from climate change, pests and diseases. Whether a student, a private woodland owner, a professional forester or interested in woodlands as a rambler or amateur naturalist, this attractive book provides the information you need in one convenient volume. After an introduction, three chapters deal with generic themes relevant to native woodlands in Scotland - international context, ecological relationships and historical development. Four chapters deal with individual Scottish native woodland types - pinewoods, oak/ birch woodlands, ash woodlands and wet woodlands. Minor types - juniper, hazel, aspen and elm - are covered within these. Three chapters deal with actions for native woodland - conservation management, woodland creation and inter-linkages with plantations. A shorter chapter looks to the future, followed by a comprehensive gazetteer of native woodland sites to visit. The book is supported by extensive bibliography and colour illustrations.
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Scottish Woodland History

Author: T. Christopher Smout

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 215

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"Scottish Woodland History relates the complex history of the Scottish native woodlands--both the old Caledonian pine forests and the deciduous woods--and how people have used and misused them over the centuries. The book illustrates the extraordinary variety and vibrancy of woodland research carried on in Scotland today, by all manner of people--ranging from practicing ecologists, foresters and conservations to academic archaeologists, palynologists and historians. "Scottish Woodland History reflects all of their concerns, but is unified by the contributors' love for the ancient woods of Scotland.
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A history of the native woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920

Author: T. Christopher Smout,Alan R. MacDonald,Fiona J. Watson

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 434

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The first modern history of Scottish woodlands, this highly illustrated volume explores the changing relationship between trees and people from the time of Scotland's first settlement, focusing on the period 1500 to 1920. Drawing on work in natural science, geography and history, as well as on the authors' own research, it presents an accessible and readable account that balances social, economic and environmental factors. Two opening chapters describe the early history of the woodlands. The book is then divided into chapters that consider traditional uses and management, the impact of outsiders on the pine woods and the oakwoods in the first phase of exploitation, and the effect of industrialization. Separate chapters are devoted to case studies of management at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye.
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History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland 1500-1920

Author: Prof. T.C. Smout

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748637567

Category: Nature

Page: 434

View: 8345

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The first modern history of Scottish woodlands, this highly illustrated volume explores the changing relationship between trees and people from the time of Scotland's first settlement, focusing on the period 1500 to 1920. Drawing on work in natural science, geography and history, as well as on the authors' own research, it presents an accessible and readable account that balances social, economic and environmental factors. Two opening chapters describe the early history of the woodlands. The book is then divided into chapters that consider traditional uses and management, the impact of outsiders on the pine woods and the oakwoods in the first phase of exploitation, and the effect of industrialization. Separate chapters are devoted to case studies of management at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye.
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People and Woods in Scotland

A History

Author: T. Christopher Smout

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748617005

Category: History

Page: 244

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This is a history of the trees, woodlands and forests of Scotland and of the people who used them. It begins 11,500 years ago when the ice sheet melted and explaining the almost complete withdrawal of tree cover in Scotland over the following millennia. The book considers the revival of forests and woodlands in the twentieth century and ends by examining the changes under way now.
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Conquering the Highlands

A history of the afforestation of the Scottish uplands

Author: Jan Oosthoek

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1922144797

Category: Nature

Page: 191

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Deforestation of Scotland began millennia ago and by the early 20th century woodland cover was down to about 6 per cent of the total land area. A century later woodland cover had tripled. Most of the newly established forestry plantations were created on elevated land with wet peaty soils and high wind exposure, not exactly the condition in which forests naturally thrive. Jan Oosthoek tells in this book the story of how 20th century foresters devised ways to successfully reforest the poor Scottish uplands, land that was regarded as unplantable, to fulfil the mandate they had received from the Government and wider society to create a timber reserve. He raises the question whether the adopted forestry practice was the only viable means to create forests in the Scottish Highlands by examining debates within the forestry community about the appearance of the forests and their longterm ecological prospects. Finally, the book argues that the long held ecological convictions among foresters and pressure from environmentalists came together in the late 20th century to create more environmentally sensitive forestry.
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Birds in Scotland

Author: Valerie M. Thom

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408138360

Category: Nature

Page: 392

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This impressively comprehensive study and review of the birds in Scotland by Valerie Thom, editor of Scottish Birds and past-President of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, may be said to follow on where the celebrated two volumes of The Birds of Scotland (1953), by Dr Baxter and Miss Rintoul, left off. It does more than that, however, since not only has there been a profound increase in ornithological coverage and data (as reflected in the species accounts), there have also been great changes in habitat and environment since the days of Baxter & Rintoul. These aspects form the themes of the ten preliminary chapters reviewing the Scottish scene today in terms of habitat, conservation, birdwatching and the changes in species status and distribution.The species accounts, the backbone of the book, review the period 1950-83 but include, where practicable, records of rarities and details of counts up to the spring of 1985; there are also brief summaries of earlier data based on the researches of Baxter & Rintoul. In all, 497 species are dealt with.The texts of major species accounts are complemented by 173 distribution maps and many tables of relevant data, and there are 129 species drawings by a team of artists under the editorship of Donald Watson, who also contributes chapter head pieces and other drawings. A section of photographs illustrates the varied habitats typical of Scotland today. There are, further, appendices and an extensive bibliography.The book is of great and obvious interest to all birdwatchers in Scotland but it will be of special value, too, to the many thousands of birdwatching visitors from elsewhere in these islands and from countries abroad.The Scottish Ornithologists' Club, for whom the book is published, and all whose records and researches made the author's work possible, have reason to be proud of Valerie Thom's achievement. The book's users will be indebted to them all for this comprehensive and essential guide to birds in Scotland.
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The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History

Author: T. M. Devine,Jenny Wormald

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191624330

Category: History

Page: 720

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Over the last three decades major advances in research and scholarship have transformed understanding of the Scottish past. In this landmark study some of the most eminent writers on the subject, together with emerging new talents, have combined to produce a large-scale volume which reconsiders in fresh and illuminating ways the classic themes of the nation's history since the sixteenth century as well as a number of new topics which are only now receiving detailed attention. Such major themes as the Reformation, the Union of 1707, the Scottish Enlightenment, clearances, industrialisation, empire, emigration, and the Great War are approached from novel and fascinating perspectives, but so too are such issues as the Scottish environment, myth, family, criminality, the literary tradition, and Scotland's contemporary history. All chapters contain expert syntheses of current knowledge, but their authors also stand back and reflect critically on the questions which still remain unanswered, the issues which generate dispute and controversy, and sketch out where appropriate the agenda for future research. The Handbook also places the Scottish experience firmly into an international historical perspective with a considerable focus on the age-old emigration of the Scottish people, the impact of successive waves of immigrants to Scotland, and the nation's key role within the British Empire. The overall result is a vibrant and stimulating review of modern Scottish history: essential reading for students and scholars alike.
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