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By John S. Rodwell

British Plant groups is the 1st systematic and finished account of the plants sorts of Britain. It covers all typical, semi-natural and significant synthetic habitats in nice Britain (but now not Northern Ireland), representing the culmination of fifteen years of analysis by means of top plant ecologists. The sequence breaks new floor in marriage ceremony the rigorous curiosity within the type of plant groups that has characterised Continental phytosociology with the deep predicament conventional in nice Britain to appreciate how crops works. the printed volumes were greeted with common acclaim, and the sequence has turn into firmly confirmed as a framework for a large choice of educating, study and administration actions in ecology, conservation and land-use making plans.

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Wetter woodland. More locally, neglect of mowing for The Juniperus-Oxalis scrubby woodland extends marsh crops like reed, sedge and litter has allowed some southwards into northern England but it is typically a secondary spread of certain communities. high-altitude community and, in some places, may Two of the woodlands are especially associated with represent a sub-alpine climax vegetation. However, at the primary colonisation of swampy vegetation in openscattered localities on higher ground through the south- water transitions.

There, lower rainfall and humidity, sub-communities which still show remnants of essentially south-eastern elements, though transitions among Figure 10. Distribution of samples of mixedour more acidophilous woodlands in northern England deciduous and oak-birch woodlands with a ground carpet of Hedera helix. are confused by the demise of diagnostic bryophytes as a result of long-maintained atmospheric pollution. Other sub-communities among the mixed deciduous and oak-birch woodlands are related to further climatic effects.

Tolerant grasses and dicotyledons. Such responses help Successional interpretations of these kinds of conreinforce the contrast between these two communities trasts and gradations should be undertaken with cauand their south-eastern equivalents. tion. There is no doubt that each of the mixed deciduous and oak-birch woodlands can function as serai preBeech and yew woodlands cursors to their beech analogues; also that Fagus, once it The classification recognises a distinct suite of three becomes well established is an especially uncompromiswoodland communities in which Fagus sylvatica is the ing canopy dominant.

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