Land cover change and restoration of ancient woodlands in north Wales

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Ancient woodlands, one of Britain’s richest habitats (Rackham, 2003), are threatened by the introduction of conifers such as Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), invasive species (e.g. Rhododendron ponticum) and anthropogenic activity (Peterken, 2001). In the past, studies of the ecology of ancient woodlands have been based on old estate records and maps, although this can only provide information as far back as 1600 AD (Spencer and Kirby, 1992). In contrast, this research analyses the changes in vegetation cover and land use of the ancient woodland site ‘Coed Felinrhyd & Ceunant Llennyrch’, North Wales, (SH656389) during the past 7000 cal yr BP, through the use of fossil pollen from a long sequence record and moss polsters. This approach contributes to an understanding of long-term vegetation dynamics (Willis and Birks, 2006). The main aims of this research are to understand the ecological history of the woodland, determine the success of restoration practices, and demonstrate the importance of palaeoecological research for the management of ancient woodlands.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputQuaternary Newsletter
PublisherQuaternary Research Association
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationManchester
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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