Wood Pasture Wildlife
"‘10,000 oaks of 100 years old are not a substitute for one 500 year old oak’
Oliver Rackham, conservation author and historian
The two main components of a wood pasture or parkland site are veteran trees and an open, preferably grazed, ground layer. When discussing their value as a habitat, it can be easy to simply talk about the veteran trees, widely known for hosting an incredible array of species. Whilst this is true, these trees are the jewel in the crown of this habitat, it doesn’t do justice to the value added by the matrix, the surrounding land that these grand old trees find themselves in.
This web page will give a brief introduction to some of the main reasons why wood pasture and parkland is so valuable for wildlife. It will start off with a taste of ancient and veteran tree ecology. Then it will cover the wider aspects of the wood pasture habitat.