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By J. Pat Doody

Coastal Conservation and Management offers the reader with a synthesis of the variety and version of the most coastal formations and contains sensible assistance on their administration. The ebook discusses all of the major coastal habitats of value for nature conservation (saltmarsh, shingle, sand dune and seacliff) in addition to combos of those habitats (estuaries and different coastal wetlands). It deals a complete photo of either the gentle sedimentary formations and people that are extra resilient. whereas those habitats have all been coated in other places within the literature, no unmarried quantity offers this sort of wide-ranging account. An test is made all through to supply the reader with a easy figuring out of the significance and diversity of version of every habitat and coastal atmosphere. The significant matters are mentioned and the main administration recommendations pointed out. a few prescriptive feedback are made, although for the main half, the reader is left to examine the problems and their attainable solutions.

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In these last areas typically the cliffs support Crithmum maritimum, Spergularia rupicola, Limonium binervosum and Asplenium marinum. Out of reach of both salt spray and grazing animals, heavily wind-pruned Ligusticum vulgare and Prunus spinosa scrub may develop. Erica vagans and Ulex gallii are more common on the cliffs of Spain and Portugal. 20. Crith mum maritimum, common at or near the shore on rocky/C\iffed coasts Woodland is relatively restricted on all but the most stable cliffs, though inaccessible and sheltered sites may support important examples.

Although truly maritime communities occur, they are usually restricted to a narrow band at the base of the cliff. 20) and Plantago coronopus occur. They may also include the rare species Parapholis incurva and Limonium recurvum. In limestone areas the cliffs may provide important refuges for species, such as Ophrys sphegodes, typically found in inland grasslands, which have increasingly been destroyed by agricultural intensification. In some areas cliffs provide the most spectacular natural rock gardens such as Cape St.

Indeed the maintenance of natural environmental quality, which helps to define nature conservation, in many instances requires human intervention. 1 The traditional approach to management Management for nature conservation on the coast today must be set within an historical perspective, where the protection of a rare and diminishing 'natural' asset is paramount. Having identified the area of coastal conservation importance and secured its protected status (possibly as a nature reserve), the next stage is to establish a management plan aimed at conserving the features for which the site has been selected.

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