Woodland habitats

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What are the intricate connections under the leaves of a British woodland? Explore the relationships between woodland organisms.

By: Dr Mike Dodd (Department of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences)

  • Duration 15 mins
  • Updated Sunday 17th June 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Nature & Environment
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Beneath the canopy of our woodland habitats

There are many intricate connections in British deciduous woodland. Interactions between fungi, plants, insects and animals enable the whole system to survive. In particular plants on the forest floor have to survive under a dense canopy of leaves, that not only reduce light levels but also generate a cooler daytime environment that pollinators are reluctant to visit.

Next time you visit a woodland area, take a closer look for plants, insects and animals living together and think about the interconnections which enable them all to survive.

Woodland habitats

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How can the primroses and violets spread out to new areas of woodland? Copyright M E Dodd Will changing climate affect the delicate balance between caterpillars and birds? Creative-Commons Zorba the Geek under CC SA license Find the latest woodland observations. Learn more about wildlife, share your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what you have seen. Copyright iSpot How do orchids survive in the darkest woodland? Copyright Mike Dodd
Creative-Commons Background: Dominic via Flickr under Creative Commons license

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