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Help with an Ancient Tree inventory

(February 16, 2017)

There are ways to help the natural world all over the planet.

If you live in the UK, one thing you can do is to help the Woodland Trust with its Ancient Tree inventory.

Help the Woodland Trust with its inventory of Ancient Trees
© Woodland Trust

You can have a look at the map here to see which trees have been recorded in your area.  

And they've got sheets ready for you to download on:

So far, more than 100,000 trees have been recorded.   So why do it?

The aims of the inventory are:

  • to support biodiversity
  • to help tree protection
  • to propogate ancient tree seed

The Ancient Tree Inventory is a living database of ancient trees. It began in 2004, a joint venture with the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient Tree Forum.  The database will give the Woodland Trust a far greater understanding and knowledge of the number of ancient trees in the UK so that they can be cared for and protected.

Wildlife need trees.   Squirrels, badgers, otters, dormice and mustelids (species like polecats, pine martins, weasels and stoats), spend some time in woodland.   Bats love woodland - all 17 species of bat use it.  They particularly love veteran and ancient trees.  You can find out more about wildlife and ancient trees here.  And many species of birds need older trees and about 6% of invertebrates species in the British Isles are dependent on decaying wood

The Woodland Trust reports that threats to ancient trees are:

  1. Felling, thanks to health and safety 
  2. Changes in land use - for development and agriculture, or for other landscape reasons
  3. Competition from surrounding trees - both planted and naturally occurring. 

You can find out how to help protect trees  under threat here

Click here to root out more information about going out on an Ancient Tree Hunt 

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