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We are very pleased to announce an excellent review of our recent title New Book Review: Why Nature Conservation Isn't Working: Understanding Wildlife in the Modern World by Adrian Spalding, in the Entomologist's Rec. J. Var. 134 (2022): 52 (edited snippets follow):
This is one of the more interesting books that has crossed my desk the last year. The author presents a fascinating review of the modern-day perceptions of wildlife conservation. It successfully avoids the bottomless pits of perceived wisdom and foregone conclusion, to present a refreshing interpretation of the current state of affairs. Depending on one’s views and also upon the various specific situations, for “conservation”, one can read “human interference”. Human ignorance seems to be a negative factor that pervades many of the short text sections although there are occasional areas of positivity. The author manages to present the facts in a pleasantly readable manner without any overt bias. This, I find pleasing; reading between the lines it seems to me that one human telling another human how to resolve a conservation issue is one of the main problems! I observe that some other reviewers have criticised the lack of presentation of any conclusions to support the statement in the title that nature conservation is, in fact, not working, I suspect that this might be a deliberate policy. The facts are presented clearly, concisely and in a manner that will allow the reader to form his or her own conclusions. Well worth every penny of the remarkably low price of £14.99.
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