A recent review of nearly 55,000 protected areas concluded that it is not enough to simply designate an area of land as ‘protected’. Instead, considerable thought should be put into their selection and, once established, monitoring and enforcement should be made a priority. This study, undertaken by a group of scientists from Michigan State University, looked at how well such areas contributed to forest protection, which is a key factor in preserving natural resources.
This month, the Woodland Trust in the UK have published their State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021. Focusing predominantly on native woods and trees and trees in towns and cities, this valuable document includes information on their coverage, condition, wildlife value, benefits and threats, and also suggests the steps required to help them.
Landowners and farmers in Wensleydale have grown a six-mile continuous stretch of woodland and hedgerows to provide a highway to join up two populations of dormice. Part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme, the Wensleydale Dormouse Project hopes to strengthen two populations of dormice that were reintroduced in 2008 and 2016 following a long period of local extinction.