Old and Ancient Woodlands

Some campuses are lucky enough to contain ancient semi-natural woodland. If you do have old or ancient woodland on your campus, it should be a key priority manage and protect it.

Think long and hard before intervening. If a wood has been undisturbed for a very long time, it will take a long time to get back to the present state. You may harm a valuable habitat irreversibly by intervening.

Obtain specialist advice. Woodland surveying is a specialist activity and appearances are deceptive. For example, size is a bad indicator of tree age. A group of trees of the same height may differ in age by a hundred years.

Pay special attention to old or veteran trees. They are of particular biodiversity importance and need careful management.