Our woodland work

The Wildlife Trusts have worked to protect, restore and influence the management of woodlands since the 1950s by:

  • managing woods ourselves
    we care for around 400 woodlands across the UK including more than 16,000 ha of woodland in England alone
     
  • advising other landowners
    many Wildlife Trusts are also involved with increasingly large-scale projects to create and restore other wildlife habitats such as heathland and wetland within woodlands. We're also involved with many community woodlands and help to advise on woodland creation projects.
     
  • campaigning for the protection of woods and forests
    for many decades we have tried to stem the tide against forestry practices destroying key habitats such as bogs and heathlands and have safeguarded precious woodlands against destruction.
     
  • working in partnership
    we work in partnership with other organisations, including the Forestry Commission and local communities. In the past we have taken on woodlands to protect their wildlife interest and this has often attracted support from  local communities (for example in 2009 a local appeal helped the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust to secure the future of Balls Wood, a former Forestry Commission site).
     

Examples from around the UK

Hampshire

Haven for woodland butterflies

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Ken Dolbear)

Roydon Woods

An ancient woodland within the New Forest, notable for its rare plants and woodland butterflies. Managed by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight WT, timber products are made with wood harvested on the reserve.
 

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Worcestershire

Wildlife-rich working wood

Monkwood (credit Paul Lane)

Monkwood

Ancient woodland managed for wildlife. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust sells firewood harvested from the reserve and volunteers play a large role in  management of the site.
 
 

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Monmouthshire

Protected woodland reserve

Prisk Wood (credit Jane Corey)

Prisk Wood

A small but beautiful ancient wood above the River Wye. Wildflowers, mosses and ferns grow amongst discarded millstones and quarry workings - evidence of a bygone industrial age.
 

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Scotland

Ancient coppiced woodland

Carstramon Wood (photo by Catfink_

Castramon Wood

Ancient beech pollards are maintained throughout this Scottish Wildlife Trust site, notable for its rare insects and springtime bluebell displays.
 

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Suffolk

Historic wildlife haven

Bradfield Woods

Bradfield Woods

Under continuous traditional coppice management since 1252, and fulfilling local needs for firewood and hazel products. Also home to the rare oxlip.
 

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Devon

Providing homes for wildlife

Lady's Wood (photo by David Chamberlain)

Lady's Wood

Dormice are the major wildlife conservation interest of this woodland site (and Devon Wildlifre Trust's oldest nature reserve), along with birds and bats.
 

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Lancashire

Survival in the ravines

Aughton Woods

Aughton Woods

Wood Fescue, which is a national rarity, grows in the damp ravines of Aughton Woods, a woodland reserve overlooking the River Lune in Lancashire.
 

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Northumberland

From a former colliery site

Photo courtesy of Natural England

Choppington Woods

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is helping to manage a community woodland at Choppington, with a Friends Of group and the local primary school.
 

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South Wales

Community restore a neglected wood

Brynna

Brynna Wood

Hard work has improved access, created outdoor classrooms and undertaken some essential habitat works for dormice at Brynna Wood near Llanharan.
 

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London

Engagement with urban woodland

Sydenham Hill Wood

Sydenham Hill Wood

Threatened with repeated development proposals from 1983, Sydenham Hill Wood was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 1990.
 
 

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Hampshire

Volunteer management

Chappetts Copse (photo by Janice Broadbridge)

Chappetts Copse

Volunteers are responsible for the day-to-day management of Chappett's Copse, supported by staff at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. 
 

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Northumberland

Training volunteers in management

Briarwood - at waterfall (photo by Duncan Hutt)

Briarwood Banks

Volunteer leaders are responsible for their own area of woodland restoration. Gradually, at a few hectares a year, the upper part of the woodland is being restructured.
 

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Kent

Improving access and inspiring people

Cyclists in The Blean (photo by Sally Bowden)

The Blean Project

Creating an art and sensory trail, incorporating some of the wood’s fascinating historical features and highlighting some of the varied species that can be found in the Blean woodlands.
 

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Nottinghamshire

Community consultation

Spalford Warren

Spalford Warren

Used as a storage and dumping site for munitions during WWII. Subsequently planted with pine trees by the Forestry Commission, Notts Wildlife Trust is now restoring it's rare sandy heathland habitats.
 

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Suffolk

Restoring open habitats

Dunwich Forest

Dunwich Forest

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is creating 260 ha of grazed wood pasture habitat from an existing block of conifer plantation, contributing towards national biodiversity targets for this rare habitat.
 

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County Durham

Restoring broad-leaved woodland

Milkwellburn Wood

Milkwellburn Wood

Enough fragments of the original native ancient woodland habitat remain to enable the site to be restored to its former glory.
 
 

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Cambridgeshire

Landscape-scale restoration

West Cambridgeshire Hundreds Trees in Sugley

West Cambridgeshire Hundreds

Working with landowners to connect existing woodlands and create new woods in south Cambridgeshire. 
 
 

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Lincolnshire

Supporting creation of new woodland

Oak sapling

Nettleham

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is working closely with a local community group, now with a new native woodland of 20,000 trees
 

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