Unique combinations of site factors and management history have created woodlands of widely differing character. For example, native broadleaved woodland may be ancient and semi-natural, or recent and planted. It may be composed of high forest, coppice or wood pasture and comprise native species or those such as sweet chestnut which have become accepted as typical woodland species in some parts of the country. Woodland types differ widely across Britain, from the lowland yew and beechwoods of the chalk downlands of southern England to the treeline woodlands and Atlantic hazelwoods of the north and west Highlands of Scotland.
•A wide variety of subjects are included in this handbook, from use of grazing animals, identification of woodland communities and management for nature conservation, to uneven aged silviculture, vegetation management and management planning.
•The background and principles of each topic are explained and case studies are used throughout.
•Interactions between inherent characteristics of the site and historic management are also considered in relation to future management options.
The handbook also includes answers to questions that managers should be asking about their woodlands when different management styles are adopted depending on woodland ownership, location, objectives and characteristics.