Introduction of Wildlife Conservation in Farms
by Stephen Burchett and Sarah Burchett
Edition: 1st., 2011
This volume aims to introduce the concept of wildlife conservation within the farmed environment, and is structured into six chapters that explore key issues and present real life case studies of farmers, ecologists and researchers working together to improve farming practice and conservation of biodiversity. Chapter one sets the scope of the topic while chapters two, three, four and five review the key farming systems (arable, grassland, forestry and the aquatic environment, respectively). Each chapter gives an overview of these topics as well as presenting a series of case studies, that are complemented withmaps, species boxes and tables of organisms protected by the application of good farming practice. Chapter six looks to the future and reflects on developing trends in farming practice and technology, and then evaluates some of
the shortfalls in education. What becomes apparent is that at the primary school age groups, children are actively encouraged to look at the countryside and engage with wildlife, but that this all comes to an abrupt halt at secondary level. That is, that the development of conservation science lacks rigour for students in the 11 to 18 year old cohort, an issue that has to be addressed at a fundamental level as students enter
higher education wishing to study environmental and conservation sciences.