British Wildlife 23.1 October 2011

Conserving the wildlife of traditional orchards

Traditional orchards of standard fruit trees, grown at low densities over a permanent grassland sward, were once a common-place feature of the British and Irish countryside, especially in lowland England. The paucity of historical records from orchards suggests that they were taken for granted by naturalists as much as by anyone else. 

Through a naturalist’s eyes The Noble Chafer and traditional orchards – an old-growth species in the English cultural landscape
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