Conservationists assume a set of underlying values which guide their decision-making and action. The safeguarding or promotion of biodiversity, it is believed, is the means by which nature is best protected. This book examines - and challenges - these general conservation assumptions. While reinforcing the need to halt extinction and value biodiversity, it shows that biodiversity needs to be more clearly understood, perhaps being replaced by the notion of 'wildness'. It examines how biodiversity is a holistic term, and how individual species need to be assessed and their own contribution to 'wildness' has to be recognized. The book proposes a new way of conservation - one which makes more room for neglected, rather than endangered or rare species. It also asserts that 'wildness' is not incompatible with certain kinds of human intervention.

part I|50 pages

Exploring Conservation’s Basic Assumptions

chapter 1|16 pages


chapter 2|14 pages


chapter 3|18 pages


part II|39 pages

The Conservationist’s Role Redefined

part III|68 pages

A New Emphasis in Conservation

part IV|33 pages

The Upshot; Implications for Action

chapter 9|22 pages

Managing wildness?

chapter 10|9 pages

The new conservation