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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 28.3 February 2017

Recognising wood-meadows in Britain?

By - George Peterken

Woodland and meadow are generally regarded as distinct habitats – but has this perspective reduced our appreciation of places where these habitats come together? After describing European wood-meadows and outlining the history of equivalent habitats in Britain, George Peterken suggests that wood-meadows should be more widely recognised.

Until recently, wood-meadows were a common and extensive form of land use, especially in the countries around the Baltic. Comprising intimate mixtures of trees, grassland and tall-herb vegetation, they took several forms, principally coppice-with-meadow, pollards-with-meadow, fruit trees-with-meadow and various combinations thereof.

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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