Recording Communities: The Wytham Ecological Survey



The Formal Classification of habitats given in the last chapter is intended to provide a kind of grammar of the subject, though a rather broad one that omits the behaviour of irregular verbs or exceptions of idiom. It defines a habitat not only by its own characteristics but by its position in relation to other components interspersed in the same ecosystem (Plate 8). The advantage of this comes from the fact that the nature of any animal community, by which is here understood any recurrent mixture of species living in the same kind of habitat, is determined not only by its own intrinsic properties but also by its setting amidst other kinds of communities, with which species may be shared and between which species may be interchanged.


Habitat Structure Animal Community Field Layer Ecological Survey Coccinella Septempunctata 
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