Woodland in Dorset is a diversity of mixed plantations, conifers, beech belts, deciduous wood and copses. Ancient oak and hazel woods are scarce, but have long and interesting histories associated with Royal Forests, monastic estates, medieval deer parks and wood pasture. All the surviving ancient woods are an important haven for wildlife, and are home to a wonderful variety of plants and animals, beetles, birds, butterflies, flowers, fungi, lichens and mammals, many of them rare. A fresh awareness of the value of old woodland is encouraging the replacement of conifers, new plantings of broadleaved trees and a renaissance of the traditional skills that gave Dorset’s woods their character.
Part of an outstanding series of five books examining the main wildlife habitats found in Dorset. All written by leading local experts. Full colour photographs throughout. Each book is card backed, 8″ x 5″ & approximately 80 pages.