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The Nature HandbookA Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors$
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Ernest H. Williams Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.001.0001

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FIELDS AND MEADOWS

FIELDS AND MEADOWS

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(p.187) 10. FIELDS AND MEADOWS
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The Nature Handbook
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Ernest H. Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.003.0010

The openness of fields and meadows lets one see small mammals, non-native plants, spiders, insects such as spittlebugs and antlions, and many other kinds of plants and animals. But openness is often temporary: most fields and meadows change from year to year as colonizing plant species replace others in a successional sequence. One consequence is that many of the inhabitants of fields and meadows are able to disperse quickly to wherever conditions are suitable. In open fields, many features of nature are visible, but rapid changes in the habitat are inevitable.

Keywords:   spiders, spittlebugs, antlions, successional sequence

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