Magazine article Geographical

LINESCAPES: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain's Fragmented Wildlife

Magazine article Geographical

LINESCAPES: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain's Fragmented Wildlife

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LINESCAPES: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain's Fragmented Wildlife by Hugh Warwick; Square Peg; [pounds sterling]17.99 (hardback)

Dartmoor National Park might appear wild, but it's the lines that give it away. Ancient walls, reaves, tracks, terraces, tin mining gorges, leats... they all create vivid lines which tell deep stories about thousands of years of human habitation.

While the observation that much of the planet--particularly the UK--has been divided up for purposes other than ecology isn't a new one, Warwick has hit on a fresh approach by pointing out that nature doesn't really do straight lines, yet straight lines are exactly what we have introduced. Therefore, which species thrive in a human-dominated environment depends primarily on how suitable they are to living along narrow corridors. He wants us to 'think hedgehog', to imagine the world from the perspective of vulnerable wildlife in search of safe habitat in Britain's carved up landscape. …

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