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Why is a climax community highly biodiverse?

I understand what a climax community is and why it is stable, but I'm not sure what exactly makes it have a high species diversity.

Also, what effect does planting hedges have on the biodiversity around the land? I'm just not sure how to explain it.

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Why is a climax community highly biodiverse?

I understand what a climax community is and why it is stable, but I'm not sure what exactly makes it have a high species diversity.

Also, what effect does planting hedges have on the biodiversity around the land? I'm just not sure how to explain it.

Thanks!
Hi, I hated this stuff when I did it at school, and it's definitely not my specialty, but from what I remember of succession, each new species makes the environment more habitable to the next species, so what you will end up with is a climax community that lives in a very hospitable environment for many species, much more hospitable than the original environment that was colonised by the pioneer species!

Hedge rows increase the biodiversity, again it comes down to the habitat, farmland contains many of one type of plant species, which will cater to only a few species, the others won't survive and will die out, thus reducing the biodiversity. Hedgerows provide a habitat for many species (and it also keeps some pests away from the crops).

I'm a medical student lol, I surprise myself with how much of that I remembered from last year
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Hi, I hated this stuff when I did it at school, and it's definitely not my specialty, but from what I remember of succession, each new species makes the environment more habitable to the next species, so what you will end up with is a climax community that lives in a very hospitable environment for many species, much more hospitable than the original environment that was colonised by the pioneer species!

Hedge rows increase the biodiversity, again it comes down to the habitat, farmland contains many of one type of plant species, which will cater to only a few species, the others won't survive and will die out, thus reducing the biodiversity. Hedgerows provide a habitat for many species (and it also keeps some pests away from the crops).

I'm a medical student lol, I surprise myself with how much of that I remembered from last year
Oh gosh, thank you so much! I've just written a lot of nonsense because I gave up. This helped a lot!
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