Forestry Statistics 2007 - Environment

Protected forest areas

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Woodland areas can be placed under different types of statutory and non-statutory protection. Based on combinations of these designtaions and objectives, it has been estimated that in the pan-European classification of protected forest areas, 10 thousand hectares of woodland in the UK are in the highest categories 'non-intervention nature reserves' and 'wilderness areas in near-natural conditions', 135 thousand hectares have 'conservation through active management' and 646 thousand hectares have 'protection of landscapes and specific natural elements'.

Table 4.2 Woodland areas under types of statutory protection

Type of protection1

England

Scotland

    Wales

Northern
Ireland

        UK

thousand hectares

SAC

24

22

1

0

47

SPA

..

..

1

..

..

NNR2

9

19

1

0

30

SSSI

80

38

9

2

129

Not National Statistics.

Source: Protected Forest Areas in the UK (S Pryor & G Peterken, 2001)

Notes:

1. SAC: Special Area of Conservation
NNR: National Nature Researve
SPA: Special Protection Area
SSSI: Site of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI in Northern Ireland)

2. For NNR, the Scottish figure is the area of NNR managed under the WGS, and probably under-estimates the total woodland in NNRs in Scotland. This has a knock-on effect on the UK total.

.. Denotes data not available.


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