Somewhere I can remember reading that after WW 1+11 .Shooting estates, held by the then predominantly gentry assoc/owned shoots , resisted the war efforts need to prairie-rise the land for the war effort to feed the masses. And insisted/continued to 'hold ' the woodlands and lands adjoining for the sport of shooting.
Hence that is reason why so many of today's 'ancient woodland area's' or SSSI's are as they are so to speak. As otherwise they were in most area's for the chop........ so to speak. Can anyone help/ point me in the right direction....... ?