Chapter 8. Implications of Historical Ecology for Conservation

  1. William J. Sutherland Professor of Biology
  1. Oliver Rackham

Published Online: 14 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch8

Conservation Science and Action

Conservation Science and Action

How to Cite

Rackham, O. (1998) Implications of Historical Ecology for Conservation, in Conservation Science and Action (ed W. J. Sutherland), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313499.ch8

Editor Information

  1. School of Biological Sciences, University of East, Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

Author Information

  1. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge CB2 1RH, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427624

Online ISBN: 9781444313499



  • historical ecology implications for conservation;
  • historical ecology and history of vegetation and landscape;
  • plant and animal responses to human activities;
  • coppicing - method of managing woodlands;
  • coppicing and suckering - widespread and widely utilized;
  • pollarding and coppicing and prolonging life of trees;
  • Savanna-like grassland with shredded deciduous oaks;
  • historical ecology in choosing and designating sites;
  • historical ecology and management;
  • pollen analysis - source of information about wildwood


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is historical ecology?

  • Historical ecology in choosing and designating sites

  • Historical ecology and management

  • Sources for ecological history

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements