Exploring the history and ecology of British woodlands, this text explains why they are such a valuable resource. It offers a practical guide to issues including: ecology of woodland habitats and organisms; conservation and management; and coppicing, pasture woodland and commercial forestry.
Woodland habitats explores the history and ecology of British woodland and explains why they a re such a valuable resource. It examines the wide range of different types of woodland habitats and the typical species that live within them. It offers a practical guide to all the key woodland issues including: *conservation and management * coppicing * grazing in woodlands * fire breaks * recreation * management for game * pasture woodland and commercial forestry Woodland Habitats also includes a guide to notable sites with location maps and illustrations, suggested practical projects and a full glossary of terms.
'Woodland Habitats is a clearly written and readable introductory text on woodlands. intelligible to the interested layman, and also students up to and including undergraduate level. It is modestly priced and well illustrated, and should have wide general appeal. - Geography
About Mark Frater
Helen Read is the site ecologist at Burnham Beeches NNR Buckinghamshire, UK. She is co-author of The Biology of Millipedes (OUP, 1992) and Animals Under Logs and Stones, (Richmond Publishing Co. Ltd, 1996). Mark Frater has a background of forestry before being appointed Site Manager for Burhman Beeches in 1987. He is now a consultant and advisor specialising in woodland management.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction General The history of woodland in Britain Woodlands in Britain today 2. The Ecology of woodland habitats The structure and functioning of trees Evergreen adn deciduous habitats Reproduction and survival of trees Mycorrhizae Allelopathy Nitrogen fixation The structure of woodland The physical structure Adaptions to woodland life Nutrient flow and decomposition The species composition and classification of woodland Native and introduced trees Woodland types and classification Changes in woodland Natural chages Human induced changes The future 3. Management and Conservation Why manage woods? Woodland managagement techniques: Coppice, Pasture woodland, pollards and dead wood, Management of high forest To manage or not to manage? Minimum intervention Rides, glades, fire breaks and edges Grazing in woodland New woodland Recreation in woods Management for game Principles of woodland management The future 4. Case studies Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire Bradfield Woods, Suffolk Kielder, Northumberland Inschriach, Cairngorms Coed y Rhygen, Gwynedd The National Forest, The Midlands 5. Practical Work Introduction to woodland projects Experimental design Health and safety Standing volume of timber in commercial forests The decomposition rate of leaves in woodland Visitors experiences and perceptions of woodlands Assessing the abundance and distribution of small mammals in woodland The distribution of galls on oak trees References Glossary Species list Further reading: Practical techniques, Data analysis, Identification, Practical conservation, New initiatives, Journals
Woodland Habitats by Mark Frater
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