Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Estuary Plants and What’s Happening to Them

Geoff Sainty et al. (Eds)

Book Review

Ecological risk assessments are complex processes and to achieve good quality, accurate and comprehensive information is required. On Australia’s south-eastern coastal areas, human activity is having huge impacts on the natural environment and there is every reason to expect that robust assessment processes are being undertaken prior to development, be they ports, harbours, marinas or urban expansion. It is for this reason that Geoff Sainty’s new book on estuary plants is so important. With 656 pages of information, over 40 contributors and a design that makes for easy referencing, this milestone publication is a must for anyone dealing with coastal development issues.

The first section looks at algae, sea-grasses, mangroves and saltmarshes, with contributions from leading practitioners and researchers. The second part is about what is happening to these plant communities. There are 23 sections in all, written by specialists on management, monitoring and rehabilitation, with case histories, catchment information, perspectives on the impacts of climate change and descriptors of the interactions between fish, birds and estuarine plants, as well as the impacts of boating.

It’s a dense but surprisingly readable tome, slightly idiosyncratic, broad with great depth and perspectives from a very wide network of academics and practitioners. The book is dedicated to the late Dr. Surrey Jacobs, Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust’s National Herbarium of New South Wales for over 30 years, and is available from Earth Foundation Australia Ltd at $85 inc. GST + postage.

Proceeds of sales go to Earth Foundation Australia Ltd. or phone 02 45682118

Estuary Plants