The Forest contains a wide variety of woodland habitats due to the complex underlying geology and its industrial and cultural history. This variety helps a wealth of species to survive. This project helped us understand these habitats better, finding ways to preserve and enhance them.
Led by Natural England, this project completed surveys of the woodland ground flora to identify the most ecologically important areas of woodland, as well as areas that have high potential for native woodland restoration or creation.
Longer term forestry planning carried out by Forestry England will work towards increasing the area of native woodland habitat, and also aim to maintain and improve the connectivity between woodland flora sites.