The Handbook of Road Ecology

HRE front cover 12 march 2015 reduced againLinear infrastructure, such as roads, railways, powerlines, pipelines, tracks and trails and the vehicles that travel on them are critical to supporting economic growth and development. However, the ecological impacts of linear infrastructure and vehicles can be massive, and usually negative. These impacts include habitat loss, fragmentation of habitats and populations, mortality of wildlife due to collision with vehicles, weed and pest animal invasion, changes to microclimates, elevated rates of poaching and wildfires, to name but a few. Fortunately, the Handbook of Road Ecology, published by Wiley in July 2015, provides solutions to each of these issues, plus more, ensuring that if adopted, the future transportation networks can achieve economic growth while avoiding or minimising the negative ecological and environmental outcomes.

The Handbook of Road Ecology is an authoritative volume with 62 chapters from >100 of the world’s leading researchers, academics, practitioners and transportation agency personnel from 25 countries. The book spans the project continuum, from planning, approval, funding, design, construction, maintenance, with the need for research and monitoring emphasised throughout.

Each chapter summarises important take-home lessons and principles of relevance to all types of linear infrastructure, and all stages in the life of a project, including retrofitting of existing infrastructure. Chapters are stand-alone, but the extensive cross-referencing ensures that the information and best-practice case studies complement each other without repetition. With over 550 pages and richly illustrated with color photos and drawings, the Handbook of Road Ecology is an essential reference with practical and innovative advice and solutions.

The Handbook of Road Ecology is an accessible resource for practitioners in developing and developed countries, as well as government transportation agencies, government environmental and conservation agencies, NGOs, and road funding and donor organisations.


11 thoughts on “The Handbook of Road Ecology

  1. I working on slender Loris conservation in Tamil Nadu India. I strongly believe that road network here is affecting population of Loris here. How can I get this book for my further reference.


  2. There will be a Safe Wildlife Crossings Collaborative meeting here on May 18th. You would be welcome to make an announcement about the book or I will intend to mention it and eagerly await price and release date.


    • Hi Sandy – that would be wonderful if you could mention the book at your meeting. Unfortunately I am in Australia and wont be able to attend! The purchase price in USD for USA customers is $150 for the hardback and $120 for the Ebook, with a June release. It also looks as though some of the big online retailers may be offering discounts as well.
      Best wishes, Rod


  3. Fantastic!
    I’m currently the ecologist ( ECoW ) on a road project in Englandshire, whilst all the planning already done I’m sure I’ll get something from this book & in the future……..who knows what’s around the next sweeping bend 🙂


  4. I have been surveying road kills and have a long list of reptiles, birds and mammals that I have encountered. I wish to get this book. Request you to kindly let me know how do I get it.



    • Thanks for your interest in the book!
      As India is classified by the World Bank as a lower-middle income economy, you can apply for a free copy via this website. Alternatively, if you have the funds to buy your own copy, you can order it online from any good online book re-seller.


  5. I am pleased to request for a copy of the book.
    I am a conservation biologist engaged in teaching and research as a lecturer at Makerere University, College of Natural Sciences in Uganda. Please, kindly advice me on how I can get a copy of the book


    • Hi Moses, as Uganda is classified by the World Bank as a low-income economy, you can apply for a free copy via this website. Alternatively, if you have the funds to buy your own copy, you can order it online from any good online book re-seller.
      Hope that helps, and thanks for your interest!


  6. I feel happy that many unanswered things of road ecologists may turn out to be some conservative strategies. As I am working on roadkills of reptiles. I am eagerly waiting for the book. Hope it will be available soon.
    Thank you


  7. It is a very useful addition in a very important subject area especially for professionals in the developing world as we have to deal with the issue of mitigating the negative impacts of linear infrastructure esp. Roads being aligned through our wilderness areas almost on a daily basis. Well done.


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