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Woodland

 

Common rugstill © Bob Walker/Plantlife

© Bob Walker/Plantlife

The issues


The UK is home to a variety of woodlands, from the “Celtic Rainforests” of Scotland and Wales, internationally important for lichens and mosses to the bluebell-filled ash woods of England. We have more woodland than we did 20 years ago. Yet plants, birds and butterflies continue to decline. Why is this happening and what can be done?

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Bluebells © Laurie Campbell

© Laurie Campbell

The flora


From the carpets of bluebells and wood anemones in spring to the miniature wonders of our lichens and mosses, Britain's woodlands are exceptional. Discover some common - and not-so common - plants to look out for and discover the ten we believe are most at risk.

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Ranscombe Farm woods © Plantlife

© Plantlife

The woodlands


There are 150 areas across the UK that Plantlife believes are exceptional when it comes to wild plants and fungi. These 'Important Plant Areas' include some of our most famous woodlands and some, perhaps, a little less well known. Click below to find out if there's one near you.

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Publication © Plantlife

© Plantlife

Advice and information


From identification guides for the amateur botanist to practical advice for land owners and managers, Plantlife has produced a range of publications to help both celebrate and conserve our native woodland flora and habitat.

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