The Firth of Forth: An Environmental History

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A rare portrait of one of Scotland’s major firths, this book shows how man has interacted with the environment throughout thousands of years. Combining a rich wildlife with a history of long and intense human activity around the estuary's shores and in its waters, this captivating exploration of the Firth of Forth considers a wide range of questions, including 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? and What role has conservation had in bringing about changes?

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T. C. Smout is the Historiographer Royal of Scotland and an emeritus professor of Scottish history at the University of St. Andrews. He is the former first deputy chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage. Mairi Stewart is an environmental historian specializing in Scottish woodland history. She is on staff at the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History where she is working on an extensive research project dealing with the social history of 20th-century Scottish forestry.

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'A fascinating study with a broad, judicious sweep and tone' * Reviews in History * 'A very absorbing read: every estuary should have one!' * Scottish Wildlife Magazine * 'Painstakingly researched and deeply engrossing' * The Scotsman *

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