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Ecological Succession

Ecological succession is the gradual process by which ecosystems change and develop over time. Nothing remains the same and habitats are constantly changing.

This series of pages explains ecological succession and gives examples based on British habitats.


Sand dunes - an example of primary succession.

Introduction - definition of terms

Explanation of succession

Example of succession - a hydrosere

Primary succession

Sand dunes
an example of primary succession

Secondary succession