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H 203 x W 254 mm

198 pages

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Published Apr 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789691245

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Landscape; Environment; Ecology; Wetland; Tentsmuir; Fife; Scotland; Migrating Birds; Forest; Insects; Human activity; Prehistory; Medieval; Land use

Tentsmuir: Ten Thousand Years of Environmental History

By Robert M. M. Crawford

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Tentsmuir, north east Fife, has seen human activity for over 10,000 years. The area provides a natural refuge for a wide range of plants, resident and migrating birds, and an array of animal and insect life. This book investigates how plant and animal communities are constantly reacting to the environmental changes common to the region.



Preface ; 

Chapter One. Tentsmuir in prehistory ; 
Chapter Two. Tentsmuir in history ; 
Chapter Three. Sand and water ; 
Chapter Four. Tentsmuir’s dunes –a changing landscape ; 
Chapter Five. Tentsmuir’s wetlands ; 
Chapter Six. Land, people and resources ; 
Chapter Seven. Tentsmuir’s thriving birds ; 
Chapter Eight. Tentsmuir’s declining birds ; 
Chapter Nine. Tentsmuir’s mammals butterflies and moths ; 
Chapter Ten. Saving the Wilderness ; 

About the Author

Robert M. M. Crawford is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Liège. Postdoctoral years were spent at the Bakh Institute of Biochemistry in Moscow and at the biochemistry and botany departments of the Universities of Freiburg, Munich, and Oxford. From 1962 – 1999 he taught and researched at the University of St Andrews, pursuing in particular the study of the physiological ecology of plants in a wide range of habitats in Scotland, Scandinavia, North and South America, and the Arctic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Linnean Society of London, and an associate member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences.