Woodland Development -

Woodland Development

A Long-term Study of Lady Park Wood

By George Peterken, Edward Mountford

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In 1944 Lady Park Wood (45 hectares of woodland in Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, UK) was set aside indefinitely by the Forestry Commission so that ecologists could study how woodland develops naturally. Since then, in a unique long-term study, individual trees and shrubs have been recorded at intervals, accumulating a detailed record of more than 20,000 individual beech, sessile oak, ash, wych elm, small-leaved lime, large-leaved lime, birch, hazel, yew and other species. In the seven decades since the study started, the wood has changed; trees grew, died and regenerated, and drought, disease and other events shaped its destiny. Each tree and shrub species reacted in its own way to changes in the wood as a whole and to changes in the fortunes of its neighbours. Meanwhile, the wild fauna, flora and fungi also responded, leaving the wood richer in some groups but poorer in others. In this landmark book, beautifully illustrated throughout, George Peterken and Edward Mountford, summarise the ongoing results of the Lady Park Wood study, highlighting its unique place in nature conservation and its significance to ecology in general. It also builds on experience at Lady Park Wood and elsewhere to discuss in particular: the role and maintenance of long-term ecological studies; the concept and form of natural woodland; the role of minimum-intervention policies in woodland nature conservation; near-to-nature forestry; and the desirability and practicalities of re-wilding woodlands.

Product code: 9781786392817

ISBN 9781786392817
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H246xW189xS20
On Sale Date 23/08/2017
No. Of Pages 302
Publisher CABI Publishing
Lady Park Wood in the Wye Valley, UK was set aside as a 'natural' reserve for ecological research in 1944 and the trees, shrubs and ground vegetation have been recorded in detail ever since. This beautifully illustrated book describes 70 years of observations presenting the most detailed records in Europe of how a woodland develops naturally.