Forest Biodiversity: Lessons from History for Conservation

Edited by O Honnay, K Verheyen, B Bossuyt, M Hermy 
CABI  March 2004  

Hardback  320 pp  ISBN 9780851998022      £95.00
This book, written by internationally renown experts presents a unique multidisciplinary approach to forest species conservation and is iIllustrative of the evolution of forest historical ecological research over the last two or three decades

It focuses on the diverse impact of forest history in general, and of forest continuity, fragmentation and past management in particular, on the diversity and distribution of species. The implications for the conservation of biodiversity in forests are also addressed. Chapters have been developed from papers presented at a conference held in Leuven in January 2003. The emphasis is on temperate forests in Europe and North America, but the information may also be applicable to other regions or biomes. The book will be of significant interest to researchers working within the areas of forestry, ecology, conservation and environmental history.

Readership: Forestry, ecology, conservation and environmental history.


  • What history can teach us about present and future forest biodiversity, K Verheyen, O Honnay, B Bossuyt and M Hermy
  • The Holocene structure of north-west European temperate forest induced from palaeoecological data, R H W Bradshaw, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark and G E Hannon, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Sweden
  • Landscape changes in the history of the Austrian alpine regions: Ecological development and the perception of human responsibility, E Johann, University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna, Austria
  • Natural tree colonization of former agricultural lands in the French Massif Central: Impact of past land use on stand structure, soil characteristics and understorey vegetation, B Prévosto, T Curt, Cemagref, UR, France, E Dambrine, INRA, France and P Coquillard, Université de Nice, France
  • Fire, death and disorder in the forest: 150 years of change in critical ecological structures and processes in boreal Scandinavia, L Östlund, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Relative importance of habitat quality and forest continuity for the floristic composition of ancient, old and recent woodland, M Wulf, ZALF e. V. Müncheberg, Germany
  • Land-use history and forest herb diversity in Tompkins County, New York, USA, K M Flinn and P L Marks, Cornell University, NY, USA
  • Ancient forests in Denmark and the importance of Tilia, J E Lawesson, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Ecology and population genetics of Carabus problematicus in Flanders, Belgium: is forest history important? K Desender, E Gaublomme, P Verdyck, RBINSc, Belgium, et al.
  • Colonization of oak plantations by forest plants: effects of regional abundance and habitat fragmentation, J Brunet, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Multiple-scale factors affecting the development of biodiversity in UK plantations, J W Humphrey, Northern Research Station, Midlothian, UK, A J Peace, M R Jukes, Alice Holt Research Station, Surrey, UK, et al.
  • Metapopulation dynamics following habitat loss and recovery: forest herbs in ancient and recent forests, M Vellend, Cornell University, NY, USA
  • Short-term and mid-term response of ground beetle communities (Coleoptera, Carabidae) to disturbance by regeneration felling, E Richard, F Gosselin and J Lhonoré, Cemagref, France
  • Changes in the composition of Wytham Woods (southern England) 1974-2002, in stands of different origins and past treatment K J Kirby, English Nature, Peterborough, UK
  • Forest history, continuity and dynamic naturalness, C Westphal, W Härdtle and G von Oheimb, University of Lüneburg, Germany
  • Integrating historical ecology to restore a transitional Pinus palustris community, G B Blank, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Is the US concept of "old growth" relevant to the cultural landscapes of Europe? a UK perspective, K N A Alexander and J E Butler, Ancient Tree Forum, Lincolnshire, UK
  • The use of dendrochronology to evaluate dead wood habitats and management priorities for the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest, C Watkins, C Lavers and R Howard, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Forest regulations in the USA: evolving standards for conserving forest biodiversity in the past 300 years, M J Mortimer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blackburg, USA
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