Trees and woodlands are an integral part of Britain's heritage and
culture, as well as an invaluable environmental and ecological resource.
In an increasingly urbanized British population, romantic notions of
bluebell-carpeted woods and deep-coloured wooded hillsides during autumn
do not come easily. Instead, images of forgotten corners of land with a
few sycamore trees and lots of brambles, or an area of dark, intimidating
conifers are more common. The wide variety of types of woodland, whether
closely managed or naturally-occurring, provide important habitats for a
huge range of flora and fauna.
This text explores the history and ecology
of British woodlands, and explains why they are such a valuable resource.
It offers a practical guide to issues of ecology of woodland habitats and
organisms; conservation and management; coppicing, pasture woodland and
commercial forestry; woodland grazing, ride management and recreation in
woodlands. Featuring illustrated species boxes as well as a full species
list, notable sites with location maps and pictures, suggested projects
and a full glossary, students and environmentalists should gain an
understanding of the historical and present-day importance of British
woodlands, as both an ecological and a cultural resource.
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