Figure 1.7 - Restocking in the UK,1976-2016
Figure 1.7 is a stacked area chart illustrating the area of restocking in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1976 to 2016 (year ending March). In the period 1976 to 1993, 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, with figures then falling to a low of around 12 thousand hectares in 2012 before increasing to around 18 thousand hectares by 2015. However, in the last period, 2015 to 2016, there has been a decrease in reported restocking to around 14 thousand hectares. The early increase in restocking area was largely attributable to a rise in restocking in Scotland, which rose from 2 thousand hectares in the late 1970s to 8 thousand hectares in 1994. Restocking in England also increased over the same period from around 2 thousand hectares in the late 1970s to around 7 thousand hectares by the early 1990s. After this point, areas of restocking declined in England but continued to increase in Scotland, reaching a peak of 13 thousand hectares in 2008 before declining to a low of 6 thousand hectares in 2012 then rising to 9 thousand hectares by 2015. Figures for restocking in Wales and in Northern Ireland have both shown generally increasing trends over the entire time period. In the last period, 2015-2016, the decrease in restocking has been mainly in England and Scotland.