Foreword 1 Introducing meadows 2 The meadow flora 3 Classification and the variety of meadows 4 Origins 5 Making hay the traditional way 6 The geography of traditional meadows 7 Improving meadows 8 Diversity 9 Change in the meadows 10 European meadows 11 Translocating meadows to the colonies 12 Birds, bees, butterflies and other fauna 13 Meadows in the mind 14 Loss and survival 15 Looking forward
Meadows, the second volume of a major new series of books on British natural history, provides a wide-ranging and eloquent treatment of one of our countryside's most marvellous habitats.
George Peterken is a woodland ecologist. First at the Nature Conservancy and then as part of the Chief Scientist's team in the Nature Conservancy Council, he led the development of national surveys of woodland and their management for nature conservation. Author of Woodland Conservation and Management and Natural Woodlands, he moved to the Lower Wye Valley some twenty years ago and subsequently wrote Wye Valley (New Naturalist). There, he found himself the owner of eight tiny meadows, founded the Parish Grassland Project and has helped other community grassland conservation initiatives.
...an exceptional book, Meadows ... is a proper, scientific treatise by one of Britain's leading ecologists, but it is so well written and so spectacularly-illustrated ... that it is accessible to the general reader. -- Michael McCarthy * The Independent *