Grazing and Conservation Management

  • Michiel F. WallisDeVries
  • Sipke E. Van Wieren
  • Jan P. Bakker

Part of the Conservation Biology Series book series (COBI, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Large herbivores as key factors for nature conservation

    1. Michiel F. WallisDeVries
      Pages 1-20
  3. Historical and Ecological Background

  4. Impact of Grazing on Community Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Jan P. Bakker
      Pages 137-184
    3. Sipke E. Van Wieren
      Pages 185-214
  5. Management Applications

  6. Perspectives and Limitations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Michiel F. WallisDeVries
      Pages 275-320
    3. Michiel F. WallisDeVries, Johan Van de Koppel
      Pages 321-347
    4. Sipke E. Van Wieren, Jan P. Bakker
      Pages 349-363
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 365-374

About this book


Grazing animals enjoy an ambiguous reputation in the field of nature conservation. Livestock are often treated as a scourge, yet native large herbivores form the prime attraction of many a reserve. This book gives the first comprehensive overview of the use of grazing as a tool in conservation management. Considering in turn the ecological and historical background, the impact of grazing on community structure, management applications and future prospects, this book examines issues such as the role of herbivores as keystone species, the assessment of habitat quality and the function of scientific models in advancing grazing management. Large herbivores are shown to be potentially powerful allies in the management of nature reserves, particularly in the maintenance, enhancement or restoration of biodiversity.
Grazing and Conservation Management will appeal to conservation biologists and rangeland managers, providing them with a clearer understanding of grazing and conservation management.


biodiversity development ecosystem nature conservation wetland

Editors and affiliations

  • Michiel F. WallisDeVries
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sipke E. Van Wieren
    • 1
  • Jan P. Bakker
    • 3
  1. 1.Tropical Nature Conservation and Vertebrate Ecology Group, Department of Environmental SciencesWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dutch Butterfly ConservationWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Laboratory of Plant EcologyUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands

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