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Anthropogenic disturbance and tree diversity in selective woodlands in Jersey, Channel Island, United Kingdom.


Jersey has marvellous woodlands, woodland plays a significant role in entire Europe to
regular it climate, ensuring the water security and protect the wild fauna. Woodland in Jersey
is significant for the people of Jersey, as it provides number of ecosystem service to man and
environment of the island. The woodland in jersey is one of the keep tourist attraction, thus the
woodland help to boost the economy of the island as well. But improper management of
woodland changes the microclimate of the island. The trees are one of the best and cheapest
carbon sequester available in the world. The trees in Jersey stored the carbon dioxide exhausted
from the industries and keep the island cool. But in the last 17 year the woodland trees are
chopped down in the name of development. The current study is the first-time analysis of
woodland tree diversity in Jersey, some of the interesting finding from the current study are the
most abundance species in all the three study is sycamore. The relative density is also high for
the sycamore, the important value index (IVI) is high for sycamore in both St peter woodland
(112.10) and Greve de laqc (95.41), but in St Catherine, common oak/English oak (107.75) have more
ecological significance even the number of individual trees is less. Among all the three woodland, St
Catherine, St Peter and Greve de Lacq, the species diversity is hight at St Catherine woodland. Greve
de lacq woodland store more carbon weight (23.81) and sequestrated more carbon dioxide (87.29) in
its woods, and the per plot storage of carbon and sequestrated carbon dioxide is also hight in Greve de
lacq. The carbon cycle in the island is regulated by the trees and the increasing temperature of the island
is also due to the severe deforestation in the woodland. In the present study 32 plots of 20*20 m is
consider for analysis, but out of this 32, 14 plot don’t have a single tree. All the trees in these
14 plots were cut down for the construction of house, mining, grazing land or cultivation. The
anthropogenic impact on the woodland for the last 17 year wipe out half of the woodland area
studies in the current research. The woodland in Jersey under sever threat of anthropogenic
intervention. For the better conservation of the woodland in jersey, strong law should be
implemented against ecocides and more management practices should be ensured from the side
private woodland owner.

Categories Ecology, Island studies
Keywords Antropogenic, carbon sequestration, Climate change, diversity, woodlands
Author Anonymous
Date published 2021
Document type Master’s Dissertation
Organisation Jersey International Centre for Advanced Studies
IRR Code IRR/JICAS/2021.43729
File Type pdf