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THE UN­MAN­AGED FORESTS OF ABRUZZO NA­TIONAL PARK IN ITALY SUP­PORT LIL­FORD’S WOOD­PECK­ERS. Find out more on p78

It was dur­ing a stay at Lul­worth Cove in Dorset that I had the chance to walk across the MoD land around the aban­doned vil­lage of Tyne­ham on one of the open week­ends when no ar­tillery fir­ing was tak­ing place. That was the first time I was aware of the wildlife trea­sure houses con­tained within these army train­ing ranges. Farm­ing land left vir­tu­ally un­touched for decades pro­motes a pro­fu­sion of plants and an­i­mal species, the like of which our coun­try­side has hardly seen since the pre-War years.

Ben Hoare, our fea­tures edi­tor, was priv­i­leged to be al­lowed to spend the day on parts of Sal­is­bury Plain that the pub­lic are not nor­mally al­lowed to visit, and he re­ports on p22 on some in­ter­est­ing stud­ies be­ing con­ducted in amongst the tank tracks.

We also present an­other fas­ci­nat­ing study area on p66. In Ox­ford­shire’s Wytham Woods sci­en­tists have learnt a wealth of facts about great and blue tits.

Sheena Har­vey sheena.har­vey@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

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