Our Spring 2012 issue of Wood Wise focuses on open space habitats in woodland.
Natural woods and forests can be seen not just as an expanse of densely packed trees, but a mosaic of areas with varying canopy cover, structure and tree species, interspersed with watercourses, standing water, glades and temporary clearings. Open spaces are therefore integral to naturally-functioning woodland. In primeval forests they would have occurred as a result of underlying disturbance and natural processes such as the death of mature trees, storm damage, and the effects of large herbivores, as well as underlying geology and landforms.
Wood Wise includes case studies from a range of organisations; Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, Plantlife and others. Showing open space management, creation and best practice of open spaces for wildlife, people, archaeology and conservation.