SeralConcerning the progressive re-establishment of the natural vegetation of an area after its removal or destruction. Each seral community or 'sere' is one of a 'succession' which culminates in the 'climax' (the vegetation which the climate of the area favours most, namely its 'natural vegetation'). In most parts of the British Isles the seral sequence would consist of herbaceous plants followed by scrub leading to a woodland climax, each having a bird population suited to the habitat which it provides.
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