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Oak woodland is a characteristic feature of the English landscape and home to a huge variety of plants and animals. On this album, Professor David Streeter of the University of Sussex explores some characteristic features of an English oak wood, and reveals some of the processes that maintain the web of life within the wood. In three further tracks, Dr Sarah Watkinson and Dr George McGavin of the University of Oxford take a closer look at some of the fungi, mosses and galls that can be found within an oak wood. The album draws on material originally created to support The Open University course Exploring science.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Exploring oak woodland

A short introduction to this album.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Exploring oak woodland    A short introduction to this album. Play now Exploring oak woodland
2 Touring an oak wood    Professor David Streeter takes us on a guided tour of an English oak wood. Play now Touring an oak wood
3 Following a food chain    From sunlight to sparrow hawks - Professors David Streeter and Chris Perrins track a woodland food chain. Play now Following a food chain
4 Looking for regeneration    Professor David Streeter investigates the lack of young trees in a Sussex wood. Play now Looking for regeneration
5 Focusing on fungi    Dr Sarah Watkinson reveals the role of fungi in breaking down dead leaves. Play now Focusing on fungi
6 Investigating woodland moss    Dr Sarah Watkinson looks at mosses - plants with pre-historic life cycles. Play now Investigating woodland moss
7 Getting to grips with galls    Dr George McGavin on the strange phenomenon of woodland galls. Play now Getting to grips with galls

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