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Introduction to ecosystems
Introduction to ecosystems

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2 Exploring oak woodland

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Woodlands provide a large variety of habitats, which are occupied by a huge variety of organisms. As an example, consider an oak wood, and the food chains and webs that exist in it.

In ‘Touring an oak woodland’, Professor David Streeter introduces you to a complex ecosystem. As you watch the video, recall the concept of indicator species, which you saw in the first week and consider the following questions.

  • Why are the inter-relationships in ecosystems like woodlands so complex?
  • What can food chains tell us about the ecosystems that exist in a particular woodland area?
  • How have woodlands been managed?
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