British Wildlife 32.7 June 2021

Scribbling in the margins

“The shade of Arthur Tansley is one of the presiding spirits in the rumbling debate about the past and future of the UK’s wild woodland. His epic study The British Isles and their Vegetation (1939) remains the most influential source of the idea that vegetal succession is a relentlessly ordered process resulting in a stable ‘climax’ community, which in Britain will always be closed-canopy high forest.”

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