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The Ecology of Poole Harbour - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444520647, 9780080460321

The Ecology of Poole Harbour, Volume 7

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Editors: V.J. May John Humphreys
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444520647
eBook ISBN: 9780080460321
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 24th August 2005
Page Count: 296
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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Poole Harbour Study Group. Contributors. Introduction: Poole Harbour in Context (J. Humphreys, V. May).

  1. The Geology of Poole Harbour (A. Gale).
  2. Geomorphology of Poole Harbour (V. May).
  3. Salinity and Tides in Poole Harbour: Estuary or Lagoon? (J. Humphreys).
  4. The Vegetation of Poole Harbour (B. Edwards).
  5. Physical and Ecological Aspects of the Poole Harbour Reedbeds (K. Cook).
  6. History and Ecology of Spartina anglica in Poole Harbour (A. Raybould).
  7. Macro-invertebrate Fauna in the Intertidal Mudflats (R. Caldow et al.).
  8. Sub-tidal Ecology of Poole Harbour - An Overview (P. Dyrynda).
  9. Zooplankton Distribution in Poole Harbour (P. Barbuto, E. Pinn, A. Jensen).
  10. The Important Birds of Poole Harbour: Population Changes Since 1998 (B. Pickess).
  11. Otters in Poole Harbour (B. Bruce).
  12. Non-native Species in and around Poole Harbour (J. Underhill-Day, P. Dyrynda).
  13. The Manila Clam in Poole Harbour (A. Jensen et al.).
  14. Ecological Impacts of Sika Deer on Poole Harbour Saltmarshes (A. Diaz, E. Pinn, J. Hannaford).
  15. Sika Deer Trampling and Saltmarsh Creek Erosion: Preliminary Investigation (C. House, V. May, A. Diaz).
  16. Marine Fisheries of Poole Harbour (A. Jenson, I. Carrier, N. Richardson).
  17. Ecological Effects of Pump-scoop Dredging for Cockles on the Intertidal Benthic Community (L. Parker, E. Pinn).
  18. Water Quality and Pollution Monitoring in Poole Harbour (J. Wardlaw).
  19. Sediment Quality and Benthic Invertebrates in Holes Bay (F. Bowles, P. English).
  20. Macroalgal Mat Development and Associated Changes in Infaunal Biodiversity (E. Pinn, M. Jones).
  21. Predicting Habitat Change in Poole Harbour Using Aerial Photography (K. Born).
  22. Poole Harbour European Marine Site (H. Powell). Conclusion: Science, Development and Management (J. Humphreys, V. May) Index.


Poole Harbour's unique combination of physical characteristics provide for a rich and productive ecological community recognised for its internationally significant bird populations and as a haven for the naturalisation of exotic species. But the Harbour is also exceptional in the extent to which it represents in microcosm the world-wide tensions between environment and development. The contrasts are sometimes startling: the narrow Harbour entrance separates an unspoilt natural environment of considerable importance from an urban landscape where property competes with Manhattan and Hong Kong Island in the world-wide table of real estate values. The Harbour serves as a port, fishing ground, a receiver of effluent and increasingly as a playground for the affluent. It also lies above Europe's largest on-shore oil-field.

The Ecology of Poole Harbour brings together for the first time expert contributions in such a way as to provide a picture of the ecology of the Harbour system as a whole. It covers all the major habitats from reed beds and salt marshes to the extensive mudflats and unseen sub-tidal regions, while also examining in some detail a wide range of ecological phenomena and issues.

Key Features

  • First expert overview of ecology of Poole Harbour as a whole


Researchers, conservation bodies, biologists


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About the Editors

V.J. May

Affiliations and Expertise

Bournemouth University, UK

John Humphreys

After ten years as Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Greenwich, London, John moved to the south coast of England where he is currently visiting professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Portsmouth and Chairman of the Southern Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority: The latter statutory organisation being responsible for a sea area of which more than 50% is occupied by 15 marine protected areas with over 30 different overlapping designations. His main research focus is on the ecology of non-native bivalve species, but he has also published on various aspects of policy. His work in Africa won a Queen’s Award for his University in 2007. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and on the Council of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Greenwich, UK