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To help wildlife flourish, our woods are natural places - no facilities or cleaners - so it's best to come prepared for your outing. Embrace nature's tranquility, lovely walks and beautiful views while protecting our woods for the future with these top tips for your visit.

Bluebells along path, Heartwood Forest

1. Stay on the paths

Keep fragile bluebells and ground-nesting wildlife safe from trampling feet and paws.

Young family dog walking on woodland path

2. Keep dogs close

To avoid disturbing ground-nesting wildlife and livestock.

autumn woodland dog and owner

3. Take dog mess home

Keep woods clean and disease free. Piles of dog poo spoil it for everyone.

Close up of flames on a camp fire

4. Be cool - stay fire free

Fires and BBQs can quickly lead to wildfires which destroy woods and wildlife.

Female hazel dormouse hibernating

5. Leave sleepovers to the wildlife

Camping disturbs them and their homes.

Car park, Philipshill Wood

6. Park with consideration

Avoid verges and farm gateways and allow room for passing vehicles.

Group of friends cycling in woods

7. Check bike access

Mountain bikes can damage habitats and disturb wildlife. Many woods are unsuitable for cycling, so check for guidance at entrances. Where cycling is allowed, make sure to stick to the paths.

Kingfisher female emerging from water with fish

8. Swimming is for wildlife only

People and dogs entering the water frighten nesting birds and damage water habitats.

Litter scattered in a grassy area with trees in the background

9. Take your litter home

Rubbish looks unsightly and can be lethal to wildlife.

Kestrel chick on mossy rock

10. Woods aren't good for rock climbing

Unstable surfaces, rare species and nesting animals mean it's not safe for people or wildlife.

Cute fox cub looking out of den

11. Be considerate with dens

If you're in an ancient woodland, building dens is best left to badgers and foxes as it can damage trees and plants and disturb wildlife. Look out for on-site guidance if you're not sure.

Volunteer Alison Stewart on a laptop in her kitchen

12. Plan your visit

Our woods are well equipped for wildlife, but they don’t have toilets, cafés, litter bins or cleaning staff. 

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