Aerial view of Spernal and Windmill Hill
News

The Forest in the fight against flooding

18 December 2023
 by 
Dave Throup, Trustee
With extreme weather events and flooding on the increase, the Forest has a vital role to play in flood alleviation. Dave Throup, charity trustee and flooding expert, explains.
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Surveying and managing the Forest’s grasslands

31 August 2023
 by 
Sam Macvie, Biodiversity Data and Survey Officer and Emma Kersley, Biodiversity Officer (Grasslands)
Our biodiversity team, with the help of volunteers, has been out surveying grasslands across the Forest this spring and summer. The knowledge gained from gathering this information is aiding the management of these wonderful green spaces to further improve them.
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BioBlitz 2023: The results

31 August 2023
 by 
the Heart of England Forest
The results of our third BioBlitz are now in, with over 350 different species recorded across an area of the Forest in 24 hours, giving a valuable snapshot of the rich biodiversity in our woodlands.
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Monitoring wild service trees nationwide for the next 150 years

25 August 2023
 by 
the Heart of England Forest
A seed source trial was established in England in 2019 aiming to test some possible seed sources for tree breeding of the wild service tree in Great Britain. One of the trial sites is right here in the Heart of England Forest – see how they are faring in the Forest five years into the trial.
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Partnering to boost woodland biodiversity with National Grid Electricity Distribution

15 August 2023
 by 
The Heart of England Forest
We have recently partnered with National Grid Electricity Distribution to help us grow, connect, and protect the Forest for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the environment.
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Discovering and identifying ladybirds in the Forest

10 August 2023
 by 
Avery Hill, Assistant Biodiversity Officer
Assistant Biodiversity Officer Avery explains the lifecycle, common identification features and the importance of ladybirds in our ecosystem and how you can help to survey these small invertebrates.
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Purple emperors; the impressive but elusive butterfly

25 July 2023
 by 
Sam Macvie, Biodiversity Data and Survey Officer
The purple emperor is the UK’s second largest butterfly with females having a wingspan of over 9cm across. However, the male is arguably a more impressive butterfly, with upper wings reflecting a blueish purple. Find out more about how this rare butterfly is faring in the Forest.
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