Rivers are central and focal features of the natural landscape, helping to shape the very landforms of the country, as well as providing a range of habitats for flora and fauna.
Most towns and cities grew up on riverbanks, as they play a vital role in economic, social and cultural life. They have provided power for industry; water for industrial use and human consumption; and they are sites of leisure and recreation. Water attracts most people; and rivers have featured prominently in literature and art over the centuries. They can also pose threats, from flooding or pollution, and therefore have to be managed and regulated.
Rivers and the British Landscape provides the first fully integrated analysis of British rivers exploring the physical formation; analysis of the social, economic and cultural uses and associations; and examination of the problems of their management. The book is lavishly illustrated and includes an appendix of key facts. It is aimed at anyone with a general interest in rivers and the British landscape.
The authors aim to highlight the holistic nature of river environments, and to explore the ways in which physical, economic, cultural and management characteristics interact to create the distinctive personalities of British rivers. Material in this volume may help you to view your local river in a new light. A book that will appeal widely to those interested in landscape, natural history, environment, history and the British countryside.
- Author: edited by Colin Pooley
- Binding: hardback
- ISBN: 978-1-85936-120-7
- Pages: 256
- Illustrations: 170, mostly in full colour
- Date of Publication: 2005
- Dimensions: 243 × 169 mm