WATCH THIS SPACE ………… Road Ecology Book

For those of you unclear about the term road ecology, it is best described as a “examining the effects of roads on wildlife (and that is not just roadkill, but the pollution from vehicles and the fragmentation of habitat) The goal of road ecology is to provide planners with scientific advice on how to minimise or mitigate negative environmental impacts of transportation.”


We are very excited to announce a collaboration with our colleagues from the rest of the world, who are very active in the field of road ecology. We have been invited to contribute a chapter about the effects of roads on wildlife in South Africa, and this will feature alongside chapters from other renowned researchers from across the world.  This will be the first time South Africa has been represented and is a great reflection of the efforts of researchers in this country. The chapter is a joint effort between the EWT, Rhodes University and the University of the Witwatersrand.

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The book should be available in June 2013, and is specifically targeted towards the needs of practitioners (e.g. planners, engineers, landscape architects, ecologists and students) and towards agencies and individuals who may be new to the field of road ecology.

About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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