Gower (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 99)

Gower (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 99)

Jonathan Mullard

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A definitive average historical past of the Gower Peninsula, from its history coast and its attract the naturalist, to the geology, geomorphology, conservation and ecological historical past of this different area.

Located to the south west of Swansea and infrequently defined as Wales in miniature, Gower Peninsula was once particular a space of remarkable average attractiveness (AONB) in may perhaps 1956. the world is exclusive when it comes to the diversity of the habitats and species that ensue inside its 188 sq. kms. therefore, it has a wider variety of conservation designations than nearly wherever else within the UK.

The common historical past of Gower is like so much elements of the British Isles – inextricably associated with the actions of guy throughout many thousand years. New Naturalist Gower Peninsula makes use of the evolving panorama and the influence that the linked alterations have had on species and habitats as its middle method. It offers an in depth exam of:

• the mixing of the archaeological and historical panorama with the normal panorama and its linked species

• The geological construction of the peninsula

• Man’s impact at the typical setting over the centuries

• The coast and channel, together with the limestone cliffs, shorelines, caves and saltwater marsh

• The environmental effect of the ocean Empress oil catastrophe in 1996, which discharged 72,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean off Gower

• the continued conservation of the world and the contribution that naturalists can make

Mullard additionally appears to be like at impressive vegetation species and the over-wintering chicken populations at the estuary, that are of overseas value. The fruits of years of analysis and wealthy with the most recent details and whole color illustrations, New Naturalist Gower Peninsula is a precious resource of knowledge in this diversified and engaging area.

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