Figure 1.5 - Restocking in the UK,1976-2009
Figure 1.5 is a stacked bar chart illustrating the area of restocking in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1976 to 2009 (year ending March). In the period 1976 to 1992, the area of restocking in the UK increased steadily from around 7 thousand hectares to 17 thousand hectares. The area of restocking then declined slightly to an average of around 15 thousand hectares between 1995 and 2006. Levels of restocking in 2007 and 2008 averaged 19 thousand hectares. The increase in restocking area was largely attributable to a rise in restocking in Scotland, which rose from 2 thousand hectares in 1976 to 8 thousand hectares in 1994. Restocking in England also increased over the same period from around 2 thousand hectares in 1976 to 7 thousand hectares in 1994. After this point, areas of restocking declined in England but continued to increase in Scotland. Figures for restocking in Wales and in Northern Ireland have both increased over the entire time period.