By R.J. Putman
The New woodland in southern England is a space of combined plants put aside as a Royal looking wooded area within the 11th century and because that point subjected to heavy grazing strain from huge herbivores. the total constitution of the wooded area and its quite a few groups has been built lower than this endured heritage ofheavy grazing, with the estab lishment of a chain of vegetational structures special in the complete of Europe. the results of huge herbivores within the structuring of this eco approach long ago, and the strain of grazing carrying on with to today, have in flip a profound effect, certainly the dominating impact, typically ecological functioning of the wooded area process. as a result of its assemblage of certain plants forms, the world is obviously of super ecological curiosity in its personal correct. additionally, its lengthy historical past of heavy grazing ani the ongoing severe herbivore strain make the recent wooded area a terrific study-site for review of either momentary and lengthy time period results of grazing upon temperate ecosystems. The N ew woodland (some 37,500 ha in overall region) presently helps a inhabitants of roughly 2,500 wild deer (red, roe, sika and fallow); moreover 3,500 ponies and 2,000 household livestock are pastured at the wooded area less than universal Rights.
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The deciduous woods are dominated by mature oak (Quercus robur) and beech (Fagus sylvatica), usually with an understorey of holly (flex aquifolium), although hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) occurs in a few places. The ground flora consists of glades of A. tenuis grass (recognised as a distinct vegetation type 'woodland glade'), with species such as bracken, foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides) and wood-sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) locally common.
Common Rights could be claimed by any cottager or landowner holding more than an acre of land within the Forest perambulation. While most claims to pasturage conceded the old rules under Forest Law of levancy and couchancy (limitation of the number of stock turned out in spring and summer to that number which could be maintained on the holding over winter), this was clearly not a rigid requirement (nor is it today) and many claims are for the right of pasturage in all months. Both cattle pasturage and pannage of pigs were, however, subject to certain restrictions under Forest Law.
G. Bracken swiped and limed. 7 A. capillaris, F. rubra, Poa compressa, Hieracium pilosella, sparse Pteridium aquilinum. G. Ploughed, fenced. Fertilised and sown with grass/clover mixtures. Fences removed 1-2 years after reseeding. 5 Agrostis capillaris, Festuca rubra, Bellis perennis, Hypochaeris radicata, Plantago lanceolata, Trifolium repens. 8 Eutrophic bogs: Alnus or Salix carr. 6 A. capillaris, F. , Potentilla erecta. May be associated with Pteridium, Cal/una vulgaris or Ulex europaeus. 0 A.
Grazing in Temperate Ecosystems Large Herbivores and the Ecology of the New Forest by R.J. Putman