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The Firth of Forth combines a rich wildlife with a history of long and intense human activity around its shores and in its waters. At one time - herring - cod and haddock - with many other edible fish - were vastly more numerous - but seals and seabirds much rarer than they are now. Once - the rivers running into the Firth were so polluted that people could set fire to some of the burns; now the water is often as pure as it has ever been since records began. Illustrated with black-and-white and colour photographs - this is a capitivating exploration into the life of the Firth of Forth which considers a wide range of questions. How have people affected and exploited the wildlife - and how in turn has it determined the lives of people? What changes to the biodiversity of the Firth have taken place as a result of human interference? Why has pollution been easier to control than over-fishing? What were the unintended consequences to the natural heritage both of pollution and of cleaning-up - and what role has conservation had in bringing about changes?... Please click here to ask a question
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