British wooded landscapes, such as woodlands and wood pastures, are nationally important habitats: they are home to many charismatic species (such as bluebells, hazel gloves fungus, and lemon slugs), regulate water cycles, and store significant amounts of carbon.
However, British wooded landscapes are currently under threat from many different pressures, such as clearance, pollution, diseases, as well as climate change. To give forests, woodlands and wood pastures the best chances of thriving in the future, we need to support their recovery from these threats. This event will focus on the challenges facing British wooded landscapes, including ancient woodlands, and strategies to address them, particularly through ensuring that wooded landscapes in the future will be bigger, better and more joined up. The evening will conclude with an exploration of the role that thriving woodlands can play for nature recovery more broadly.
- Henrike Schulte to Bühne, Institute of Zoology, ZSL: “Current and future threats to ancient woodlands in the UK: where are they, and what can we do about them?”
- Dr Ewan McHenry, The Woodland Trust: “Bigger, better and more joined up: Measuring progress towards better connected wooded landscapes”
- Louise Wilkinson, The Woodland Trust: “Policy recommendations for putting trees and woods at the heart of nature recovery”
This event is chaired by Professor Nathalie Pettorelli, Institute of Zoology, ZSL.
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