392 pages, 112 line illus, 85 b/w illus
Welcome return to print of this classic textbook, which is an indispensable reference in the training of countryside managers, wardens, rangers and other professionals and amateurs involved in caring for woodlands. The text introduces basic principles for conservation in ancient woods and woods of other origins. There is also a classification of ancient, semi-natural woodland based on native trees and other recognizable features.
For this new edition, the text has been thoroughly updated to take account of changes and developments in woodland conservation over the past ten years.
Part One: Origins, management and ecological charatceristics of British woodlands. Original natural woodland. Ancient woodland and traditional management. Ecological characteristics of ancient woods. High forest management. Recent secondary woodland. Long-term changes in the woodland flora. Part Two: Types of semi-natural woodland in Britain. Woodland classification. Types of ancient semi-natural woodland. Management variants of stand types. Succession and stand types. British woodland types in a European context. Part Three: Woodland nature conservation. Objectives and priorities of nature conservation in British woodlands. Observation and recording in woodlands. Assessment of woodlands for nature conservation. Part Four: Management for nature conservation. Planning for nature conservation within forestry. Pattern and redistribution of woodland. Nature conservation aspects of woodland management. Management of semi-natural woodland. Integration of nature conservation with other objectives of woodland management. British woodland management in a European context.
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