*Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Pentlandfield, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9RF, Scotland, U.K.
The history and vegetation dynamics of a yew wood (Taxus baccata L.) in S.W. Ireland
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Volume 115, Issue 3, pages 573–577, July 1990
How to Cite
MITCHELL, F. J. G. (1990), The history and vegetation dynamics of a yew wood (Taxus baccata L.) in S.W. Ireland. New Phytologist, 115: 573–577. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.1990.tb00486.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- (Received 31 January 1990; accepted 9 March 1990)
- pollen analysis;
- Taxus baccata;
- vegetation dynamics;
- woodland history
Reenadinna Wood is one of the largest Taxus baccata dominated woods in the British Isles. It is therefore of considerable ecological and conservation interest. To investigate the history and dynamics of the wood, pollen data from a small hollow within the wood are described. These data are compared with the regional pollen record and local historical and archaeological information. The yew wood appears to have developed at least 3000, but probably 5000 years ago from a wood previously dominated by pine, oak, elm and hazel. There is evidence to suggest that the wood has been disturbed by periods of patch cultivation and site occupancy.