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Booderee National Park

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Booderee National Park

The Jewel of Jervis Bay

David Lindenmayer   Australian National University
Christopher MacGregor   Australian National University
Nick Dexter   Booderee National Park
Martin Fortescue   Booderee National Park
Esther Beaton   Photographer

Colour photographs, Line Art
152 pages, 255 x 225 mm
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING


    Hardback - March 2014
ISBN: 9781486300426 - AU $ 29.95

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Discover why Booderee National Park is a special part of Australia’s natural heritage.

Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay, 200km south of Sydney, attracts over 450 000 visitors each year. The park has many special features, including dramatic wave cut platforms and sea caves, some of the whitest beach sands in Australia, and very high densities of native predators such as the Powerful Owl and the Diamond Python. This book outlines the biology and ecology of Booderee National Park.

Booderee packs an extraordinary level of biodiversity into a small area (roughly 6500 hectares), with more than 260 species of terrestrial vertebrates and over 625 species of plants. It is home to species of significant conservation concern, such as the globally endangered Eastern Bristlebird for which the park is one of its last and most important strongholds. The diversity of vegetation is also astounding: in some parts of the park, it is possible to walk from ankle-high sedgelands, through woodlands and forest and into subtropical rainforest in less than 150 metres.

Richly illustrated with colour images from award-winning photographer Esther Beaton, this book will delight visitors to Booderee National Park as well as anyone with an interest in natural history.

Read an article on the book in the Sydney Morning Herald, titled 'Booderee park is a delightful discovery', or in the Courier mail, titled 'Booderee National Park - Australia’s best-kept secret'.

 
 

 Discover why Booderee National Park is a special part of Australia’s natural heritage.

Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay, 200km south of Sydney, attracts over 450 000 visitors each year. The park has many special features, including dramatic wave cut platforms and sea caves, some of the whitest beach sands in Australia, and very high densities of native predators such as the Powerful Owl and the Diamond Python. This book outlines the biology and ecology of Booderee National Park.

Booderee packs an extraordinary level of biodiversity into a small area (roughly 6500 hectares), with more than 260 species of terrestrial vertebrates and over 625 species of plants. It is home to species of significant conservation concern, such as the globally endangered Eastern Bristlebird for which the park is one of its last and most important strongholds. The diversity of vegetation is also astounding: in some parts of the park, it is possible to walk from ankle-high sedgelands, through woodlands and forest and into subtropical rainforest in less than 150 metres.

Chapters are arranged around key ecological processes – predators and predation, herbivores and herbivory, invasive plants and fire – emphasising the interactions between species, between vegetation and animals, and between disturbances and animal and plant responses. The book highlights how Booderee National Park is a functional natural ecosystem and, in turn, how management practices aim to improve environmental conditions and promote biodiversity conservation.

Richly illustrated with colour images from award-winning photographer Esther Beaton, this book will delight visitors to Booderee National Park as well as anyone with an interest in natural history.

 

 
  • Richly illustrated with colour images from award-winning photographer Esther Beaton
  • Chapters are arranged around key ecological processes like predators and predation and invasive plants and fire
  • Highlights how management practices aim to improve environmental conditions including promoting biodiversity conservation.
 

 Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Fire
Chapter 3 Predators and predation
Chapter 4 Herbivores and herbivory
Chapter 5 Weeds and invasive plants
Chapter 6 The future
Appendix: Common and scientific names
Sources and further reading
About the authors
Index
 

 Visitors to the Park
Scientists
Anyone with an interest in natural history
 

 "It seems that as time goes on there will be even better reasons to visit this special place. One of them is certainly this book, which will enhance any thinking person’s experience of the reserve."
Ian Fraser, Canberra Times, Canberra, May 10 2014

"Booderee National Park is a beautifully produced volume, but that doesn't mean it should be carefully stored on the top shelf. It should certainly go down the coast with the family... David Lindenmayer and his team of writers have produced a treasure."
Nick Goldie, Cooma-Monaro Express, March 13 2014

"The book will suit visitors to Booderee National Park as well as anyone with an interest in the natural history of this area"
Kathy Walters and John Goldie, Canberra Bird Notes, June 2014

"this evocative hardback showcasing the touristic and scientific appeal of this unique area... gives you more of a reason to visit than any standard coffee table book could"
Wild, May/June 2014

 

 David Lindenmayer is an ecologist with The Australian National University who has led work at Booderee National Park for over a decade. Part of his long-term work has entailed extensive field empirical projects on the predators, prey, herbivores, fire and weeds in Booderee National Park. He has published 35 other books and over 850 scientific articles.

Chris MacGregor is a field-based ecologist with The Australian National University who works full-time in Booderee National Park. He has worked for the ANU for 15 years and studies the biology and ecology of mammals and birds.

Nick Dexter is Senior Ecologist at Booderee National Park. He has worked in the park for nearly 10 years and published more than 20 scientific articles.

Martin Fortescue has worked in Booderee National Park for virtually his entire career and has completed 30 years of monitoring of Little Penguins in the Jervis Bay area.

Esther Beaton is one of Australia’s leading wildlife and natural landscape photographers. She has won numerous awards for her outstanding images.

 

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