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Hedges: VII. Woodland Relic Hedges in Huntingdon and Peterborough

Journal of Ecology


Hedges are usually considered artefacts, as distinctive features of an agricultural land- scape which is entirely man-made. They are not, however, immune from natural pro- cesses such as succession and there is now evidence that some hedges are even more natural in that they may be relics of old woodland. Rackham (1969) and Cadbury, Hawkes & Readett (1971) have suggested that this may be the case on the basis of general observation in other areas. The evidence presented here is in three parts: a detailed study of a single hedge which was formerly the boundary of Monks Wood; a study of the colonization of hedges planted close to woods; and a survey of roadside hedges in the county of Huntingdon and Peterborough.

Author(s): Pollard, E

Journal: Journal of Ecology

Year: 1973


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