The ancient trees found at Arne in Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck comprise a lowland dry oak and birch woodland habitat. Soft grass, leaf-mould, bracken and moss-covered tree roots cover the woodland floor in the summer months. The sunlight dapples the undergrowth, and the gnarled and twisted branches of the oaks betray their antiquity.

13 Replies to “Woodland at Arne 1”

  1. Hi, Claudia. Yes, Arne is 24 miles from where I now live, close to the small town of Wareham where I used to live 20 years ago. It is an area steeped in history as well as one of great natural assets. Arne is located on the inner edge of Poole Harbour which is reputed to be the second largest natural harbour in the world.

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  2. On my couple of visits to Ireland some years ago I do not recall that woodlands and forests were as common a feature as in the English landscape. But I was keener ion investigating the seashores back then, so maybe I wasn’t looking properly.

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  3. I don’t think that there is as much woodland in Ireland than England/Wales – it used to be very wooded but a lot of trees got cut down to a) make Tudor ships b) Make charcoal for iron smelting (I think) and c) I am sure there is another reason but I cant think of it.

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  4. I don’t know but I think it is supposed to be an Irish accent. I wonder more about why they thought it was necessary to have an cartoon presenter at all instead of a person or simply a commentator – the presentation was supposed to be directed primarily at the adult farming community. Nevertheless it does provide a lot of information.

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