British Wildlife 20.5sup June 2009

Can the pre-Neolithic provide suitable models for re-wilding the landscape in Britain?

Palaeoecologists have been encouraging us to think about the relevance of the Holocene fossil record for nature conservation for many years (e.g. Buckland 1993) but this information seems slow to filter through to the conservation community. Indeed, Willis et al. (2005) report that recently published biodiversity reports and policy documents rarely look back more than 50 years and may ignore the historical context entirely.

Introduction What larger mammals did Britain have and what did they do?
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