London: Poyser, 1994. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs, text illustrations.
This is the first book devoted to the subject of the 140 National Nature Reserves of England. Peter Marren, who until 1992 was employed by English Nature and its predecessor the Nature Conservancy Council, was given access to unpublished material for the 40-year history of Reserve acquisition and management. He also visited most of the Reserves and spoke at length to their wardens.
The result is an authoritative book, produced with the full co-operation of English Nature, which looks at the background and philosophy of National Nature Reserves and the role they play in protecting wildlife and landforms, providing `outdoor laboratories' for environmental research, and demonstrating . the techniques of land management for nature conservation.
Essential reading for all those interested in the flora and fauna of England and its habitats, especially its successful management and conservation.
•Full history and practice of the Reserves
•Numerous text illustrations by Ruth Lindsay
•Over 60 superb colour landscape photographs by Peter Wakely
•Gazetteer of all Reserves.
Price: $30.00 AU