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Ancient Woodland

Synopsis
'Ancient woodland’ is a term that refers to woods that have been continuously present since the growth of wildwood at the end of the last ice age. The ancient woods are home to many native plants and animals and ecologically represent an important environment. Reveals how the woods have been shaped by men and how historical documentation is important in deciphering their present-day ecology. Several woods including Riddy Wood (Cambridgeshire), Bradfield Woods (Suffolk) and Chalkney Wood (Essex) are visited to see the effects of woodland practices such as coppicing. Many ancient woods provide cover for game hunting. Shows fox hunting and pheasant shooting in Hertfordshire. Since World War 2 much of the ancient woodland has disappeared. Today these woods are better preserved and are now considered to be an important part of the national heritage.
Series
Ecology, Course S326
Language
English
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Biology; Environmental science
Keywords
ecosystems; woodland ecosystems

Credits

Cast
Andrew Sachs 
Oliver Racham 
Stuart Carter 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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