The carefully structured book begins by introducing the overall subject including some statistics on current farming activities, giving a brief outlook for the future of farming systems in relation to conservation. Each subsequent chapter will have its own introduction setting the commercial context and conservation value of an example farm, and will progress with a series of case studies that will include the following elements: site assessment; species list; soils management options; and a habitat management plan. A summary section will draw together the common themes of the chapter and develop a lead-in to subsequent chapters.
It will provide students with an informed appreciation of current practice whilst raising questions about the development of conservation in farming in the future.
Keywords: farmland; conservation; damasonium; historical; relevance; onfarm; environment; agricultural policy; production; crop; establishment; requirements; nutrient; control; rotations; chrysanthemum segetum; gallica; silene, Agriculture & Ecology, Agriculture & Ecology