In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a site that has been wooded since 1600 AD (in Scotland since 1750 AD), and which is therefore unlikely to have been planted originally. Ancient woodland typically supports diverse native flora and fauna.
- ancient replanted woodland,
- ancient semi-natural woodland,
- ancient tree,
- ancient woodland (protection),
- ancient woodland buffer,
- ancient woodland indicator species (AWI),
- ancient woodland inventory,
- historic landscape,
- primary woodland
This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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