Farming in Ireland: History, Heritage and Environment – John Feehan
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This is the first book to look at the entire sweep of Irish Farming through its long history, focusing in particular on the way farming has shaped the natural and cultural endowment of the island and reviewing the state of that endowment today. Successive chapters review the main phases of Irelands farming history from the arrival of the first farmers some 6,500 years ago. The processes and activities of farming that effect change in the environment are reviewed, as is the material legacy it has left on the ground. An important series of chapters at the centre of the book provides an overview of each of the major habitats on or adjacent to farmland. Over the last few decades the farmed landscape and the nature of farming – have changed more profoundly than at any time in a history characterised by change. Irish farming today stands at a critical crossroads, and the concluding chapter attempts to trace its path into the future in the light of our new and growing awareness of the entire spectrum of environmental values.