Ancient Woods, Trees and Forests - Pelagic Publishing

Ancient Woods, Trees and Forests

Ecology, History and Management

  • Offers practical techniques and robust science to help ensure effective conservation of ancient trees and forests.
  • Includes a wide range of geographical perspectives and cross-disciplinary expertise from leading scholars in the field.
  • Abundantly illustrated, making the content appealing and the arguments memorable.
    £49.99

    Tags:
    • botany
    • Coming Soon
    • forest
    • trees
    • woodland

    Description

    From antiquity until today, trees and woods have inspired artists, writers and scientists; they have shaped cultures and reverberated through belief systems. Yet worldwide forest cover has declined dramatically over the last 1,000 years. Now, primeval forests are only to be found at a few sites unreachable by humans, and even then they are affected by climate change, atmospheric pollution and species extinctions. 

    Nonetheless, ancient woods, trees and forests are at the core of many global landscapes. Understanding the vital resources that they provide requires genuinely multidisciplinary research. With contributions from major authorities in the field such as Oliver Rackham, Frans Vera, Elisabeth Johann, George Peterken and Melvyn Jones among others, this timely volume reflects on the importance of our oldest trees from a range of perspectives and varied geographical locations.

    Individual chapters consider eco-cultural heritage, the archaeology of trees, landscape history, forest rights, tree management, saproxylic insects, the importance of deadwood, practical conservation and monitoring, biodiversity, wood-pasture and more. Fresh insights are provided from across Europe as far as Turkey. Given the urgent need to understand, conserve and restore ancient woodlands and trees, this book will do much raise awareness, foster enthusiasm and inspire wonder.

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/KZAD4079

    Table of Contents

    1. Ancient woodland in concept and practice George Peterken
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/OAXD2280

    2. The cultural heritage of woods and forests Ian D. Rotherham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/EJGD2076

    3. Archaeology of trees, woodland and wood-pasture Oliver Rackham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/QRSC1119

    4. Ancient rights in ancient forests Graham Bathe
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/DOJP6570

    5. The importance of an open-grown tree: from seed to ancient Ted Green
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/ECPD7500

    6. Ancient and other trees of special interest: indicators of old-growth biodiversity and heritage Jill Butler
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/QPIR5441

    7. Worked trees and ecological indicators in wooded landscapes Ian D. Rotherham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/JIAZ8834

    8. Ancient forests in Germany: distribution, importance for maintaining biodiversity, protection and threats Monika Wulf
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/QZJB8157

    9. Tree abundance, density and age structure: the key factors that determine species richness in saproxylic invertebrates Keith N.A. Alexander
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/YTZU1517

    10. Old growth and deadwood as key factors for nature conservation in managed forests Harald Schaich, Thomas A.M. Kaphegyi, Rudolf Lühl, Nicole Schmalfuß, Mattias Rupp, Thomas Waldenspuhl and Werner Konold
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/FLGU3824

    11. The diversity of ancient woodlands in Austria: historical developments and contemporary social importance Elisabeth Johann
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/VJCD1705

    12. Wood-pasture: for food, wood and biodiversity Frans Vera
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/UYJK3460

    13. The ancient woodland concept as a practical conservation tool: the Turkish experience Simay Kırca, Alper H. Çolak and Ian D. Rotherham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/RELM8043

    14. Using pollen data and models to assess landscape structure and the role of grazers in pre-agricultural Denmark Anne Brigitte Nielsen
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/CMMF9310

    15. Tanneries and treescapes: the influence of the tanning industry on woodland management Christine Handley and Ian D. Rotherham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/AWDF3771

    16. A hidden treasure in Turkey: old oaks of unique value Nicklas Jansson, Ogün Ç. Türkay and Mustafa Avcı
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/XLQO8726

    17. Antiquity of ancient woodlands and cultures: the example of Sandras Mountain, Turkey Alper H. Çolak, Simay Kırca and Ian D. Rotherham
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/TBUH3838

    18. Woods and trees in England’s Anglo-Saxon countryside Della Hooke
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/HAIP6548

    19. Ancient and modern: the conservation of ancient woods and trees in a changing world Keith Kirby
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/MHEG9987

    20. Walls, woodbanks and woodwards: the protection of coppice woods from trespassers, thieves and grazing animals Melvyn Jones
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/NTWP7769

    21. The natural character of ancient woodland Tom Williamson
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/IFXZ8203

    22. European woodland history and management: some concluding thoughts Ian D. Rotherham, Alper Çolak and Simay Kırca
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.53061/IZBN8755

    About the Author

    Ian D. Rotherham is Emeritus Professor at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is an authority on landscape history and particularly on the history, heritage and ecology of woodlands and peatlands. He has published widely, including over 500 academic research papers, around 50 books and many hundreds of popular articles.

    Alper H. Çolak is a Professor in the Department of Silviculture of Istanbul University - Cerrahpaşa, Faculty of Forestry. He has many years of experience with close-to-nature silviculture, high mountain forestry practices, species and habitat conservation and restoration and rehabilitation of forest landscapes.

    Simay Kirca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Planning and Design of Istanbul University - Cerrahpaşa, Faculty of Forestry. She is currently developing landscape planning approaches for conservation and identifying vulnerable ecosystems, while integrating the functions and values of traditional cultural landscapes into the planning process.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 488 pages
    • BISAC SCI011000, NAT034000, NAT014000
    • BIC RGBL, PST, WNP, RNKH