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Below are open access articles from ECOS: A Review of Conservation 36 (3/4) Winter 2015. If you like what you see here, why not subscribe? A subscription to BANC will give you access to the latest ECOS issue and the ECOS archive dating back to 1996.

Open access issue: ECOS 36 (3/4), Winter 2015

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Editorial: Loving the Greenwood. Geoffrey Wain

‘It’s not about the money’ says David Blake in this issue, as he considers conservation’s glum situation. This is a risky, inflammatory statement, not least given the Chancellor’s…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Winter 2015. In search of Nature’s renaissance people. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Some voices say conservation needs to pull itself together and become a rigorous scientific, evidence-based discipline once again, ridding itself of its woolly, people-centred distractions. Others are…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Grounded thinking to grounded action – Steps to revitalising conservation. Sophie Lake and members of VINE

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article reflects some views and discussion amongst members of VINE (Values in Nature and the Environment) on the challenges of revitalising nature conservation….

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Conservation wisdom: Looking back to look forward. David Blake

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: People helping wildlife have worked the land for generations with commitment, passion and wisdom. State conservation action has been well intentioned but its formulaic…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Nature conservation: barking up the wrong tree? Miles King

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Caring for nature is a message widely embraced by people and by businesses, yet much UK wildlife continues to decline. This article considers the…

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ECOS36 (3/4) Revitalising conservation – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Simon Ayres

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Nature conservation aims are not ambitious enough, nature reserves are too small, and the wider countryside is too inhospitable for wildlife to thrive. This…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Evidence-based or evidence-blind? Priorities for revitalising conservation. Clive Hambler

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: As conservationists pursue their goals of defending and managing the natural world, too often they stick to their prejudices. This article asks for greater…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Managing for nature A farmer’s view on wildlife schemes. Martin Hole

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article gives a farmer’s perspective of working with agri-environment schemes. Experience to date has been positive, with a track record of helping wildlife…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Where next for landscapescale conservation in England? Lisa Schneidau

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: It’s been over three years since Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) started, as a first step towards putting the Lawton vision of ‘bigger, better, more…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Rewilding gathers pace in the conservation mind fields. Peter Taylor and Alison Parfitt

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Two wildernistas, Peter Taylor and Alison Parfitt, take stock of developments as everyone starts talking of rewilding… Download article as PDF: ECOS 36 3-4-34…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Revitalising conservation: the fountain of youth. Hendrikus van Hensbergen and Kate Huggett

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article explores how we can engage young people in conservation. Drawing on their work with Action for Conservation, the authors explore lessons from…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Iran’s greenest government ever. Janet MacKinnon

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: On 17 November 2015, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a 15 point list of policy directives to address the country’s wide…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Nature and two legs. Martin Spray

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Exploring, understanding, and enthusing about nature require both art and science. Download article as PDF: ECOS 36 3-4-48 Nature and two legs  

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Plotting in the Woods. Emily Adams

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Revitalising conservation was at the heart of debate at the BANC annual event in October 2015. This article reviews the main conclusions from the…

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ECOS 36 (3/4) Book reviews

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Inglorious: Conflict in the uplands. Mark Avery Counting Sheep: A celebration of the pastoral heritage of Britain. Philip Walling A Less Green and Pleasant Land:…

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Other Open Access Articles

2015

ECOS 36 (2) Summer 2015. Freeing up nature – from ourselves and from market forces. Peter Shirley, p.2

This article is Open Access Abstract: Economic forces in the UK are increasingly ranged against the natural world. Given the current era of tight resources and hostile politics,…

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ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Re-freshing conservation: Cries from the heart

Abstract: Is conservation in a new crisis? Is the influence of the wildlife sector on the wane and are those who work in nature conservation becoming too demoralised…

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2014

ECOS 35 (3/4) Winter 2014. Making real space for nature: a continuum approach to UK conservation. Steve Carver

Abstract: Traditional conservation concerns over wildlife loss, cherished habitats and landscape heritage are holding back more adventurous thinking on rewilding, species reintroductions and landscape-scale natural processes. A bolder…

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ECOS 35 (3/4) Winter 2014. Experiments with the wild at the Oostvaardersplassen. Jamie Lorimer & Clemens Driessen

Abstract:This article draws on a discussion of the differences between laboratory and field experiments to examine the practices and politics of rewilding. The analysis focuses on the Oostvaardersplassen,…

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ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Scratching the surface: let’s love our soils. David Hogan

Abstract: Acknowledging the importance of soils and threats to their quality are vital in land-use policy for food production, flood protection, water quality, nature conservation and carbon storage….

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2013

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Saving Britain’s trees: countering the growing threat from invasive pests and disease. Clive Potter

Abstract: With the onset of ash die back, this article reviews the threats to tree health from invasive pests and diseases and considers how plant biosecurity might be…

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ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Ecosystem Services – are we flogging a dead horse? David West

Abstract: Different parts of the natural world may well have inherent value to society but they also need to pay their way in a meaningful sense to ensure…

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2012

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Large-scale conservation in Great Britain: taking stock. Nicholas Macgregor, William Adams, Chris Hill, Felix Eigenbrod and Patrick Osborne

Abstract: Natural England has compiled a database of Large-Scale Conservation Projects and interviewed many practitioners involved in these schemes. This article reviews the findings to date and considers…

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ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Today we live without them: the erasure of animals and plants in the language of ecosystem assessment. Arran Stibe

Abstract: This article examines the representation of animals and plants in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, showing how they are systematically erased from consciousness through a variety of…

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