536 page paperback from Cambridge University Press
An appreciation of the natural processes of woodlands is essential for
the development of a rationale and practices for woodland nature
conservation and management.
Natural Woodland describes how woodlands grow, die and regenerate in
the absence of human influence, and the structures and range of habitats
found in natural woods. Here, George Peterken describes examples of virgin and old-growth
forests in Europe and North America, and outlines the dynamics and
structure of natural temperate woodlands. This knowledge is then applied to nature conservation issues in British
woods and forests, particularly the maintenance of untouched reserves, the
management of native broadleaved woods, and the design of coniferous
This is an account of woodland natural history for all those concerned
with the management and ecology of natural or commercial woodlands.
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