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Natural Woodland
Ecology and Conservation in Northern Temperate Regions

  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521367929


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  • 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. The underlying theme is that natural woodlands should form a basis for forest management, policies and practices. George Peterken compares the ecology of both North American and European forests, to produce a fascinating account of woodland natural history for all those concerned with woodland management and ecology.

    • Written by the expert on natural woodlands
    • Extensive illustrations and photographs
    • Describes both North American and European forests and woodlands
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'It would be hard to overemphasise the importance of this book to temperate ecologists; no-one concerned with woodland, and few involved with other habitats, can afford to be without it.' Peter D. Moore, Biologist

    'This is an excellent text coming from one of our leading woodland ecologists and deserves to be read by everyone with an interest in woodland ecology.' British Ecological Society TEG News

    'This is a learned and witty book, a fit successor to Woodland Conservation and Management.' Oliver Rackham, Tree News

    'Natural Woodland is a fascinating account of woodland natural history for all concerned with the management and ecology of natural and commercial woodlands.' Agroforestry News

    'Within this book, Peterken has asked us all to 'think bigger', about the interactions going on within our woodlands … he will surely shake us too, into more enlightened thinking about woodland ecology.' Geral F. M. Dawe, Arboricultural Journal

    '… excellent book … well illustrated with drawings and photographs, this is essential reading for all those interested in our woodlands.' Bryan Sage, Country-Side

    'Peterken combines a high level of scientific detail with a readable and interesting style ... a pleasurable and fascinating book … essential reading for anyone concerned with the conservation of temperate woodland.' Paul M. Dolman, Journal of Applied Ecology

    'Natural Woodland is written in a clear and approachable style. It has been beautifully produced by Cambridge University Press at a reasonable price … It will be invaluable to all foresters and there is simply no excuse not to buy it.' Quarterly Journal of Forestry

    '… a stimulating book … Dr. Peterken is well known for his ability to spark off vigorous debate in person, and here he succeeds in doing it in print … a most valuable volume. It will be widely read and … is likely to prove a major influence on the management of British woodlands.' John R. Packham, Arboricultural Journal

    '… throughout the book there is a wealth of detailed information in the text, numerous photographs, many diagrams and tables. The whole book is written in a style that makes it a pleasure to read.' David R. Causton, Annals of Botany

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521367929
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 185 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 219 b/w illus. 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Definitions, Significance and Survival:
    1. Woodlands, nature and history: a personal introduction
    2. Definitions, values and philosophies
    3. Natural woodland in Europe and North America
    Part II. Temperate and Boreal Natural Forests:
    4. Selected virgin forests
    5. Disturbance in natural woodland
    6. Succession after catastrophic disturbances
    7. Structures and dynamics of old-growth forests
    8. Components of the forest
    9. Wildlife of natural woodlands
    Part III. Virgin Forest Remnants:
    10. Human impacts on natural forests in North America
    11. Wildlife responses to the modification of natural forests
    12. Protecting virgin forest remnants
    Part IV. Natural Features in the Conservation of British Woodlands:
    13. Woodland nature conservation: development, rationale and practice
    14. British natural woodlands
    15. Reconstructing British natural woodlands
    16. Management of broadleaved woodland
    17. Design and management of upland conifer plantations
    18. Priorities in woodland nature conservation

  • Author

    George F. Peterken

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