Sometimes a conscious decision is made by landowners to leave some areas of their woodlands untouched as part of a management plan - for example to create veteran trees which are important habitats for wildlife, or to minimise disturbance to some of our rarest wildlife species. However, it’s important to consider how intervention can improve some wildlife habitats.
Why is it that your woods need management to make it better for wildlife?
Forests used to cover much of the land. At that time there would have been a mosaic of habitats within the forest, as saplings and young trees grew into the gaps created by storms or disease. Wildlife could move through the forest to suitable new habitats as old ones disappeared.
However, the small, fragmented woods that survive today are not big enough to develop this range of habitats naturally. Sensitive management maintains this diversity of habitats, and this allows our native woodland plants and animals to survive and thrive.
Watch the videos below to find out more about management techniques for wildlife: