Applications of palaeoecology in conservation

Althea Davies, Jane Bunting

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We review several case studies (water quality, upland management, woodland management) where palaeoecological data are able to contribute to current debate in conservation practice and ecology, as part of a wider consideration of the relationships between palaeoecology and conservation. We conclude that, although there are structural and inherent barriers that currently limit flow of information and collective working, the current environment of challenging policy targets and rapid environmental change makes better collaboration particularly urgent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-67
Number of pages14
JournalThe Open Ecology Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • applied palaeoecology
  • horizon scanning
  • conservation baselines
  • biodiversity
  • water framework directive
  • Atlantic woodland
  • Scots pinewood
  • moorland management
  • woodland ecology


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