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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 01.2 December 1989

Discovering Ancient Woodlands

By - Philip H Colebourn

Some of our woodlands have been evolving since the end of the last glaciation, around 10,000 years ago. Admittedly this is a mere instant when set against the millions of years over which the tropical rainforest plant and animal communities have been evolving, but nevertheless woods represent one of our most important habitats for wildlife.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist