By J. Pat Doody
Coastal Conservation and Management presents the reader with a synthesis of the diversity and edition of the most coastal formations and comprises sensible information on their administration. The booklet discusses all of the major coastal habitats of significance 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 delicate sedimentary formations and people that are extra resilient. whereas those habitats have all been lined somewhere else within the literature, no unmarried quantity provides any such wide-ranging account. An test is made all through to supply the reader with a easy knowing of the significance and variety of version of every habitat and coastal surroundings. The imperative concerns are mentioned and the main administration thoughts pointed out. a few prescriptive feedback are made, although for the main half, the reader is left to consider the problems and their attainable solutions.
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In such situations the slopes have little or no vegetation and animal life is limited to species requiring open habitats (including notable invertebrate fauna). Some cliffs may be protected by a beach and/or have a greater physical coherence. Here the slopes exhibit less frequent movement and despite periodic, and sometimes massive, slumping can nevertheless become stabilised with grassland, scrub or even mature woodland. Nesting sea birds are unusual as there are seldom any suitable ledges. Between these extremes 26 Coastal Conservation and Management an infinitely varied series of habitats occur which can be amongst the most natural and least influenced by human use of any coastal area.
However the importance of the megacliffs of Croatia has already been alluded to. The description given by Lovric (1993a) for the Velebit coast provides a vivid picture of a coastal habitat of exceptional biological importance. The habitats range from emerging rocks with a calcifying algal community to sea water-drenched hyper-saline communities, including Arthrocnemum glaucum and Atriplex portulacoides, to exposed windswept cliff tops from 460-1,200m high. Interspersed in more sheltered areas are woodlands and scrub.
1 Origins of coastal conservation The massive changes in land-use and habitat loss described in Chapter 1 have resulted in the remaining areas of unspoilt coastal landscapes being considered to be particularly precious. As a result nature conservation organisations world-wide have expended considerable time and money in an attempt to prevent the worst excesses of human destruction. Despite this, loss of habitat and degradation of the environment continues. This chapter reviews some of the general principles of habitat, species and site conservation management as they apply to coast.
Coastal Conservation And Management: An Ecological Perspective by J. Pat Doody