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Man has had a complex relationship with inland drift sands through the ages. For some centuries these landscapes were seen as a threat, especially to agriculture and housing. This book considers the processes, origin, conservation and restoration of this very special but harsh biotope, one that is characterised by fields of lichens with sparse grasses and heather alongside a range of special animal, fungi and plant species. - Part 1 - Drift sand landscapes of NW Europe - Part 2 - Microclimate and soil development - Part 3 - Ecosystem succession on drift sands - Part 4 - Forestation of drift sands - Part 5 - Practical implications.