Our woodland needs protection

Our woodland faces threats from climate change, increasing numbers of pests and diseases, pollution, overgrazing, invasive non-native species, and intensification of land use. Environmental change is happening at an unprecedented rate.

Wildlife-rich areas have been lost and fragmented, many species are declining, ecosystems are damaged and degraded. Our landscapes can't cope with these pressures. They are less able to provide the things we take for granted - clean air and water, flood control and food production.

Campaigning to save a local wood

Areas rich in wildlife are the building blocks from which we can create landscapes that are more resilient in the face of change. Protecting our most valuable habitats is the first step to recovery.

Ancient woods and trees are some of our most valuable natural assets. Ancient woods are irreplaceable, home to many vulnerable and threatened species. Ancient trees are whole habitats in their own right, supporting a wide variety of wildlife. We believe there should be no further loss of ancient woodland.

We work to protect our most valuable woods and trees from direct loss, for example from clearance for development. We also advocate buffering our most valuable woods from the impacts of neighbouring land-use, through creation of new wildlife areas around them.

We work to protect our most valuable woods and trees from other impacts, from tree disease to overgrazing through our advocacy work, and through partnerships with others.