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People, Sheep and Nature Conservation

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People, Sheep and Nature Conservation

The Tasmanian Experience

Jamie Kirkpatrick  
Kerry Bridle  

264 pages, 248 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2007
ISBN: 9780643093720 - AU $ 39.95

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With almost half a million people and more than six times as many sheep, Tasmania has a rich history of wool production. In the drier parts of the island, graziers raise sheep partly using the native vegetation on their extensive runs.

People, Sheep and Nature Conservation explores this use of the run country and the interaction of graziers, sheep and nature. Other topics covered include how graziers manage the runs for profit, how they feel about nature and manage their properties for conservation, how sheep interact with native animals and plants on the runs, and the implications of the ongoing loss of run country to clearance and inundation.

In an unusual combination of history, geography, social science, ecological science and policy analysis, this entertaining and well-illustrated book uses the vivid words of the graziers, historical sources and the results of contemporary research to provide some insight into these issues.

Although a Tasmanian story, it will resonate more widely, as the integration of production and nature conservation within complex societies, cultures and economies is an outcome desired on a global scale.


  • Written by Jamie Kirkpatrick, an internationally respected geographer and conservation ecologist
  • Breaks new ground in understanding the complexities and opportunities of conservation on private land used for wool growing in Tasmania
  • Integrates qualitative and quantitative social research with scientific investigation
  • Written in readable and stimulating style making use of the words and perspectives of the graziers who form one part of the people-sheep-nature triangle
  • Well-illustrated, including a fascinating series of repeat images of scenes of runs

 This book will interest all farmers who have bush or native pasture, all those who work to conserve nature on private land, and the international community of researchers in relevant disciplines and subdisciplines. The audience includes wool growers, extension officers, policy makers, libraries, geographers, scientists, social scientists and historians. 

 "I enjoyed reading this book, particularly for its multi-faceted approach to understanding the issues and different perspectives on nature conservation on private land, an important issue in environmental geography and for the future of Australia's Flora and fauna."
Associate Professor Andrew Bennett, Geographical Education, Volume 20, 2007

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