Nature and Farming


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Nature and Farming, Sustaining Native Biodiversity in Agricultural Landscapes by David Norton and Nick Reid.

This book explains the theory of native biodiversity in farmscapes and the many benefits and challenges. In case studies and examples the approaches to conserving, restoring and managing biodiversity in our degraded rural areas are brought to life. The book is practical for today and looks clearly ahead to setting and achieving future goals.

This book is well illustrated and the photography is particularly high quality. It is well set out, and with a great balance of practice and theory to be good value for all members of our community.

The quality of the book is such that it can easily be applied in other geographical and climatic contexts.

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Inspiring!, 4th Mar 2014

Reviewer: Graeme Hill

The authors are both university professors with degrees in ecology and teaching. They have research interests in native biodiversity, farming and the restoration, conservation and management of ecosystems. What really makes the book work and come to life is their clear appreciation of the understanding and insights of those who live and work in the communities. This is not a dry, purely academic undertaking.

This structured book works through the native biodiversity found in agricultural landscapes, the history and nature of farming impacts and identifies what drives change. Approaches that seek to conserve, restore and manage the ecosystem and the biodiversity are identified and described. The book is enriched with profiles and case studies of people and properties.The book concludes with opportunities and maps the way forward. Whilst dealing with Australia and New Zealand, the content can easily be considered in other geographical contexts.

For anyone living in the rural environment or with a strong sense of the need for sustainablity, this book is quite inspiring. It is a good read for those who have interest in where our food and fibres come from, and in what is being done to address the poor state of our agricultural area ecosystems. Government agencies and farmers should easily be able to find many reasons to work together.

The book is attractive and well edited with great photographs.

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