By T. C. Smout
The 1st sleek heritage of Scottish woodlands, this hugely illustrated quantity explores the altering courting among bushes and folks from the time of Scotland's first cost, targeting the interval 1500 to 1920. Drawing on paintings in normal technology, geography and heritage, in addition to at the authors' personal examine, it provides an obtainable and readable account that balances social, fiscal and environmental elements. beginning chapters describe the early background of the woodlands. The ebook is then divided into chapters that think of conventional makes use of and administration, the effect of outsiders at the pine woods and the oakwoods within the first section of exploitation, and the impression of industrialization. Separate chapters are dedicated to case stories of administration at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye. (10/1/05)
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5 On the other hand, it struck no particular chord either with the Romantic poets or with Sir Walter Scott. The Great Wood took on an altogether new lease of life in 1848, when the main ingredients of the modern myth were supplied by the Sobieski Stuarts in their best-selling Lays of the Deer Forest. These two brothers (in reality named Allan) were of Anglo-German descent and claimed to be legitimate grandsons of Prince Charles Edward. Even more preposterously, they claimed to be experts in the Gaelic past, and devised a compilation of poetry, aristocratic and romantic hunting stories, alleged clan histories, supposed folklore and natural history.
20 People arrived in Scotland 9,500 years ago, perhaps a little before the Scots pine. It has been suggested that people might have followed the hazel, the shells of which often appear in extraordinary quantities in early prehistoric sites. 23 Sorting out anthropogenic from natural causation proves indeed to be a major problem in paleoecology. At approximately the time when Mesolithic hunter-gathering practices began to give way to Neolithic farming ones, there was a major event in woodland history in the south of Scotland, the elm decline, which appears to come at different times in different places, lasting over a period of perhaps a thousand years, commencing at about 3500 bc: it removed the elm as a dominant species from the Scottish Lowlands, as elsewhere in the British Isles.
Extractive use: woodland becomes moor or arable If a wood is destroyed by overgrazing, felling or burning, and no attempt is made to permit its regeneration, its management is obviously not sustainable. This can also occur in different ways: (a) When a wood is allowed to decay standing, and grazing pressure prevents its natural regeneration before it finally collapses. In this case the unsustainability of its management may not be evident for generations, and indeed it could be brought back from the brink of extinction after a century or more of neglect, providing a few seed trees continue to bear and the ground cover permits their germination.
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 by T. C. Smout