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The Changing Nature of Scotland

Edited by Susan J. Marrs, Simon Foster, Catriona Hendrie, Edward C. Mackey, Des B. A. Thompson

Scottish Natural Heritage
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The environmental challenges ahead have never been more acute. Pitted against a backdrop of rapidly changing land-use, climate change and economic challenges, we need the best evidence available to underpin the way we care for nature.

Scotland has some of Europe's finest landscapes and wildlife. 'The Changing Nature of Scotland' provides a stock-take of environmental change across the land, water and seas of Scotland. Drawing on more than forty papers and posters presented at a conference organised by Scottish Natural Heritage and other agencies of the Scottish Government, the book provides a fresh overview of research, policies and grass root activities.

This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of environmental change in Scotland and what we need to do to secure a healthier future for wildlife and people.

Key content:

  • key current information/research on the management of Scotland's changing environments;

  • high quality full colour images throughout; and

  • graphs, tables and maps throughout.


"This book should be on the shelves of every nature conservationist in Scotland. It reviews what has been happening to nature and the environment, where we are now and what is being done to bring about change. The book is a pleasure to use...Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Government are to be congratulated on producing such a useful review and source-book". Jeremy Greenwood in BTO News, May-June 2012

".. this book presents an impressive accumulation of information concerning Scotland’s environment. It is well-produced, with a very clear typeface ...ideal for dipping into. Each chapter lists many references, and these would be a good starting point for students investigating any of the topics covered." New Journal of Botany, 2012

"Anyone involved in promoting biodiversity should read the chapter on 'Valuing our environment: the economic impact of Scotland's natural environment', and the fascinating chapter entitled 'How supportive environments generate good health' should be required reading for anyone interested in outdoor recreation...there are plenty of concepts here with which we should become familiar if we want to ensure that the true value of biodiversity is recognised." The Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, March 2012

"We thoroughly recommend this book...it provides a thorough overview of how Scotland's biodiversity, habitats and landscapes are changing..." BTO News January-February 2012

“Some of the most useful chapters are the ones that venture into unfamiliar territory for naturalists…Overall, the book is lavishly printed, with generous colour photographs, at an extremely reasonably price. Anyone involved with, or interested in, the management of Scotland’s countryside and green spaces will find something of value here, as will readers who wish to learn more about the Scottish experience.” Michael Scott, British Wildlife, February 2012

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Extent 528 pages ISBN 9780114973599
Size 189 x 246 mm Price £27.50
Format Hardback Published 06 Oct 2011
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