Tag Archives: Christopher Bear

Area Content Alert: Volume 43, Issue 3 (September 2011)

The latest issue of Area is available on Wiley Online Library


From beginnings and endings to boundaries and edges: rethinking circulation and exchange through electronic waste (pages 242–249)
Josh Lepawsky and Charles Mather

Public perceptions of jaguars Panthera onca, pumas Puma concolor and coyotes Canis latrans in El Salvador (pages 250–256)
Michael O’Neal Campbell and Maria Elena Torres Alvarado

The value of single-site ethnography in the global era: studying transnational experiences in the migrant house (pages 257–263)
Ruben Gielis

Anthropogenic soils in the Central Amazon: from categories to a continuum (pages 264–273)
James Fraser, Wenceslau Teixeira, Newton Falcão, William Woods, Johannes Lehmann and André Braga Junqueira

On Actor-Network Theory and landscape (pages 274–280)
Casey D Allen

Sinking the radio ‘pirates’: exploring British strategies of governance in the North Sea, 1964–1991 (pages 281–287)
Kimberley Peters

Changing meanings of Kyrgyzstan’s nut forests from colonial to post-Soviet times (pages 288–296)
Matthias Schmidt and Andrei Doerre

Being Angelica? Exploring individual animal geographies (pages 297–304)
Christopher Bear

The role of French, German and Spanish journals in scientific communication in international geography (pages 305–313)
Artur Bajerski

Gardens and birdwatching: recreation, environmental management and human–nature interaction in an everyday location (pages 314–319)
Paul J Cammack, Ian Convery and Heather Prince

Where music and knowledge meet: a comparison of temporary events in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio (pages 320–326)
Robert R Klein

Local nuances in the perception of nature protection and place attachment: a tale of two parks (pages 327–335)
Saska Petrova, Martin Čihař and Stefan Bouzarovski

Actor-network theory as a reflexive tool: (inter)personal relations and relationships in the research process (pages 336–342)
Rebecca Sheehan

‘So, as you can see . . .’: some reflections on the utility of video methodologies in the study of embodied practices (pages 343–352)
Paul Simpson

Greening the campus without grass: using visual methods to understand and integrate student perspectives in campus landscape development and water sustainability planning (pages 353–361)
Lee Johnson and Heather Castleden

Participating and observing: positionality and fieldwork relations during Kenya’s post-election crisis (pages 362–368)
Veit Bachmann

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A Swimming Success

by Caitlin Douglas,

Salmon stocks appear to be booming this year. Almost all of the rivers surveyed show increased salmon numbers which allows for cautious optimism over the future health of salmon populations.

Recreational anglers, in the UK, form a unique section of the public in that, in some areas, they also manage the section of the river where they own or rent the fishing rights. Anglers, therefore differ from the general public who typically have no direct involvement in environmental management. The level of management is dependent on numerous factors such as environmental conditions, club finances, and the attitudes of members; but actions include stocking fish, culling predators, dredging channels, stabilising banks and removing vegetation.

A recent study in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers investigates recreational anglers in the UK, and specifically the relationships between attitudes regarding environmental change and management. They found that anglers hold a diverse range of attitudes, and suggest that the more people engage with the environment the more diverse and deeply held their opinions become.  It was further suggested that anglers should be regarded as ‘lay environmental managers’ rather than lay public when investigating attitudes towards the environment and environmental change. An interesting question is whether the stewardship activities of recreational anglers played any role in this year’s increased salmon run.

Eden, Sally and Bear, Christopher (2011). Models of equilibrium, natural agency and environmental change: lay ecologies in UK recreational angling. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36(3): 393-407.

McKie, Robin. Salmon numbers leap to reverse two decades of decline in UK rivers.  The Observer. 26 June 2011.

Record salmon count for River Tyne. BBC News.  26 June 2011.