Irreplaceable Woodlands

Some Practical Steps to Restoring our Wildlife Heritage

Charles Flower

Photography by Mike Bailey & Steve Williams

A beautiful photographic record of a surviving English ancient woodland providing practical advice and inspiration for those wishing to preserve those that still exist and to create woodlands full of insect, bird and animal life for the future.

265 x 210 mm

240 pages


ISBN: 978-1-906506-53-7


Subjects: Nature, Sustainability, Photography

Charles Flower has spent many years working on and writing about the restoration of wild flowers to grasslands and has now turned his attention to ancient woodlands, many of which, though derelict, are treasure houses of diversity, an asset unrecognised by almost everyone including those in Government. Yet with a little effort glades and rides, which may represent less than ten per cent of the wood, can be opened up with remarkable results. Once light penetrates some wild flowers will reappear and attract back the insects, birds and animals that once flourished there. This book is not only a beautiful record of the ancient woodlands that, thanks to good management, have continued to thrive, it also constitutes a practical manual and provides inspiration for those working to preserve our existing ancient woodlands and those managing recently planted woods and planting the trees that will constitute our future woodland heritage.

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Charles Flower

Charles Flower is a consultant working with individuals, farmers and landowners as well as parishes and other groups to safeguard wild flowers and increase plant and animal diversity. He is developing improved methods of wild flower restoration, owns the Flower Farms seed business, holds workshops and manages his own 25 acre hazel copse. His first book Where Have all the Flowers Gone? Restoring Wild Flowers to the Countryside was published to great acclaim in 2008.

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"Flower inspires us to preserve our ancient woodlands, because their intertwined natural and human histories make them unique."
BBC Wildlife

"Provides inspiration for those working to preserve our existing ancient woodlands"
British Wildlife Magazine

"Ideal for those wanting to learn more about these rich ecosystems, Irreplaceable Woodlands will be a valuable addition to any nature enthusiast’s collection."
Outdoor Photography