Wood Wise: ancient trees

Front coverThe latest issue of Wood Wise looks at the wonders of ancient trees. The UK has a large percentage of all the ancient trees left in Europe. They are vital for many specialist species and other wildlife, and are culturally important for people.

The articles in Wood Wise look at the definition of ancient trees and other trees of special interest, their ecology, future ancients, the veteranisation of trees, and identifying and protecting hotspots using data from the hugely successful ancient tree hunt.

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About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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8 Responses to Wood Wise: ancient trees

  1. Dr Ken Brown says:

    The very obvious danger of ‘biodiversity offsetting’ is that it will simply be used by corporate interests as a cynical way of making environmentally damaging developments appear acceptable. This is already happening where wind farm construction on wild land in the Highlands of Scotland involves the felling of large numbers of trees, some of them remnants of ancient forest. The principle, that measures should be taken for the long term protection of biodiversity where intrusive developments are essential in the public/national interest, is intrinsically good. But we know that commercial lobbies and their political spokespersons will be prepared to use that ‘public/national interest’ argument quite indiscriminately.

  2. I say ‘No’ to so-called to Biodiversity offsetting. Ancient woodland cannot be replaced

    • Kay Haw says:

      Thanks Jennifer! Indeed, how can they think they can replace something so complex and biodiverse?

  3. sherwoodforestcommunityvision says:
  4. daphnepleace says:

    Reblogged this on daphnegonewild and commented:
    Trees in general and ancient ones in particular are so important for hundreds of species – including us. No so-called ‘biodiversity offsetting’ scheme, however sophisticated, can replace them. Say no to BO.

    • Kay Haw says:

      Thanks Daphne! Irreplaceable habitats cannot be offset full stop. There’s no magic wand we can wave to create something in five minutes that’s taken centuries or millennia to evolve.

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