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For many years, the ecology of marshes, estuaries, floodplains, lagoons, swamps and bogs was ignored by naturalists, but in the past few decades they have been recognized as supporting an exceptionally rich diversity of species. Many wetlands throughout the world have now been opened to the public as nature reserves, generating a wide number of visitors and increasing interest from bird-watchers and ecologists. Well known examples are the the Florida Everglades; Lake Nakuru in Kenya; Australia's Kakudu National Park, and Ellesmere Lake in New Zealand. Philip's Guide to Wetlands covers the many aspects of the study of wetlands in a single, portable volume. The book begins by defining wetlands, and describes the many different ways in which they function as environments and habitats both for wildlife and for people. The author explains how plants and animals are adapted to survive in wetlands and describes the extraordinary diversity of life found within their boundaries. The loss of wetland environments, particularly to agriculture, is examined, along with ways in which wetlands may be conserved. An atlas section maps the location of wetland environments around the world and the topography of wetland regions, and provides descriptions of important and characteristic features. The last part of the book gives an overview of wetland species, emphasising some of the most fascinating as well as the most important. Philip's Guide to Wetlands will appeal to three principal groups. First, those who study wetlands and wetland wildlife as part of a geography, botany or zoology course, at A-level or for a degree. Second, birdwatchers, many of who travel to wetlands around the world. Third, those who visit wetlands when travelling or on vacation. The text is written by Dr Patrick Dugan, former Director of the World Conservation Union's Wetland Programme and now Deputy Director-General of the World Fish Centre, for Africa and West Asia.

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