Planting trees can help connect wildlife surroundings together. It is very important that we encourage new woodlands to thrive as these are our most precious habitats, supporting hundreds of different species.
We plant and dedicate native species only, as these are the most suitable for the UK environment. Wildlife have adapted to their flowering, fruiting and leaf fall patterns
The new saplings that we plant may not have the stature of an existing young tree but some of our wildlife prefer this! For instance birds such as the nightjar and woodlark love the open habitats that appear. Moths often are first inline, not the most attractive invertebrates but attractive none the less as food source for the birds and bats. As the canopy of the tree starts to develop, bull finch, song thrush, owls and willow warblers maybe seen. Butterflies like the speckled wood and painted lady are attracted to the woodland edge where wild flowers flourish.
As your tree gets bigger so do the animals! Badgers and foxes come on the scene and we have had a couple of woodpecker sightings at the Heaning Forest.
At the memorial forest we have spotted a family of Roe Deer and had calls and emails from people visiting who have seen them too! We don’t think they live there but they obviously like popping by whist on a tour of the Lake District National Park.
Trees, woods and forests are the world’s lungs, they are absolutely vital in keeping our natural environment healthy. They store and absorb carbon dioxide – taking it from the atmosphere and out of circulation. The trees roots and woodland soils can hold several times the amount of carbon than is held by the trees themselves.