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The effect of coppicing on species diversity.

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The effect of coppicing on species diversity. Plan: Introduction: The idea behind doing this investigation is to find out whether the coppicing of woodland helps increase species diversity. There will be two woodlands surveyed in this investigation, one of which has been coppiced recently and one which has been left for several years. The intention will be to record some results, which can be used to create charts and give us the information needed. We will have to take into account many aspects of the natural environment which may affect the results we take, these are rainfall, temperature, light, topography and light. We will carry out the investigation at Wakehurst place July 2008. ...read more.

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weaknesses which may be incurred during the experiment and it also gives you a good idea of what you will be doing when you arrive. Nothing substantial is needed just a field to find information of species diversity but also the number of organisms in the area as well to get really accurate results. The use of chi squared is advised. 1. Find two suitable areas which are similar which the help of the available staff. 2. Prepare a table to note down what species are found with room to note quantities. 3. Lay out two 10 meter tapes to create the area you want to survey. This will provide the coordinates for you to place the quadrat on. ...read more.

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Coppicing is done in small areas usually in a seven year rotation. The immediate effect of coppicing is that the amount of light able to reach the woodland floor is increased dramatically. This prompts the growth of flowers and all vegetation. In a well looked after coppiced woodland the different sections (coups) will have different stages of re-growth this means each contains a different type of ecosystem. Certain species of plant life have become dependant on the coppicing of woodland therefore constant management is needed to further this development. We went to the site in July so there was a lack of flowers growing on the ground ?? ?? ?? ?? William jury Academy 6 ...read more.

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