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The Historical Ecology of the River Arun and its Beaches at Littlehampton, West Sussex

1000 Years of Change

By Brian Morton

Hardback
Feb 2008 , 198 pp
ISBN 9780903874403
Price: £35.00, $56.00

A new science of historical ecology is emerging, particularly in the USA and in special relation to coastal wetlands that are globally considered to be endangered habitats. The science collates data on modern habitats and merges these with information gleaned from charts, maps, photographs and other sources of historical information to produce a real picture of ecological change. Having established what has changed, reasons are sought for how and why. Such an approach allows us to understand more fully our ecological heritage and for decision makers and managers to plan better for restoration conservation so as to allow communities to recreate lost, remnant, or vestigial habitats, even ecosystems – notably, again, wetlands. This book is intended, through an examination of the history and coastal ecology of a virtually unstudied southern English Downland river, its coastal port and associated beaches, to act as a general model to determine if historical ecology can reveal protection, conservation and, possibly, restoration, priorities. At least, however, it may also help one local coastal town community to understand better its historical and ecological heritage. It may, hopefully, also stimulate other township communities to examine their historical heritage and ecology in a new way. And, thereby, come to a new appreciation of what they have.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction
SECTION 1 THE GEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PAST
Chapter 2 The geological setting
Chapter 3 The River Arun and Littlehampton
SECTION 2 LITTLEHAMPTON’S BEACHES AND THE RIVER ARUN
Chapter 4 Sea breezes, the tides and waves
Chapter 5 The moulding of the south coast shoreline
Chapter 6 Littlehampton’s beaches
Chapter 7 The River Arun today
Chapter 8 The Arun’s marshland remnants
SECTION 3 THE FUTURE
Chapter 9 Lessons from historical ecology and the future
Chapter 10 Epilogue
Glossary
Literature cited
Bibliography
Indices

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