Wet woodlands are important to a number of species, as both animals and plants of woodlands and wetlands can be found here. Wet woodlands often developed when tree seedlings took root in other habitats such as fens and reedbeds. Over time the trees matured and shaded out other plants providing more shelter and cover than open habitats.
Wetlands are most valuable to wildlife when several types of habitat occur together and small patches of wet woodland and scrub are a vital addition to any wetland. As these open habitats like fens and reedbed are valuable in their own right, if it often necessary to control the spread of wet woodland by selective removal of some trees but retaining enough to provide for some species.
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