A review of natural vegetation openness in north-western Europe

@article{Svenning2002ARO,
  title={A review of natural vegetation openness in north-western Europe},
  author={J. Svenning},
  journal={Biological Conservation},
  year={2002},
  volume={104},
  pages={133-148}
}
  • J. Svenning
  • Published 2002
  • Geography
  • Biological Conservation
Secondary succession is threatening many species of open habitats in north-western Europe. This problem has caused an intense debate over whether the present-natural vegetation in this region would be closed forest or more open vegetation. Native large herbivores have been proposed as the key agents creating such open vegetation. Here I address this question by reviewing the palaeoecological evidence regarding vegetation openness in past oceanic interglacials and the pre-agricultural Holocene… Expand
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