Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation Hadrian Cook

ISBN: 9781905119127

Published: December 1st 2007

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151 pages


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Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation  by  Hadrian Cook

Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation by Hadrian Cook
December 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 151 pages | ISBN: 9781905119127 | 6.34 Mb

This book brings to public attention some of the most evocative and threatened features of the landscape of southern England. Water meadows work with nature to improve agricultural productivity, whilst providing rich habitats for wildlife such asMoreThis book brings to public attention some of the most evocative and threatened features of the landscape of southern England. Water meadows work with nature to improve agricultural productivity, whilst providing rich habitats for wildlife such as water voles, waders and grass snakes.

They are areas of low-lying grassland which are regularly drowned - artificially irrigated - at certain times of the year, to stimulate the early growth of grass in the spring. Only a few remain in operation today, though they played a crucial role in Britains past farming economy. Their archaeological remains can be found all over southern England, with Hampshire and Wiltshire having perhaps the best surviving examples.

In this book leading archaeologists and scientists - together with one of the last practising drowners - explore the ecology and history of water meadows. They ask when and where the art of floating originated, and explain its hydrology. They also investigate water meadows conservation status and potential for the future.



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