frequently asked questions

here you will find all the answers to you questions about wildlife conservation

  1. Why conserve wildlife?
  2. Why do we need trees?
  3. What is the most valuable species to conserve?
  4. Why is our landscape like it is today?
  5. Why do we need to look after nature ?
  6. How can I get involved in conservation work?
  7. What is Biodiversity and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) ?


Why is our landscape like it is today?

Seeds from neighbouring woods and hedgerows will be dispersed by wind or animals and some of those landing in the grassland will germinate and grow. As a result, the area will firstly become scrub (a mixture of small trees and shrubs) and eventually woodland. This change from grassland to woodland is an example of the natural process called succession. The woodland is the climax vegetation. The field of grass was probably created many years ago by clearing ancient woodland to provide food for livestock and it represents a sub-climax vegetation held in check by grazing. If you look around at grasslands, woodlands, or heathlands today you will be able to see differences in the vegetation and climax structure by the way it has been influenced by man and animal. Every habitat undergoes succession to achieve its climax - woodland, however it is the persistent management that has lead to our familiar habitats.