Building Resilience in South West Woodlands
Famed for its rugged coastline and moorland, the South West’s old woodlands are of international importance for the rare mosses and lichens that thrive in the mild climate of the Atlantic coast and form globally rare temperate rainforests with an abundance of special wildlife. Atlantic woodland is a habitat challenged by immediate environmental and management issues.
This influential three and a half year HLF funded project partnership is being led by Plantlife, with the Cornwall AONB providing its services as a support partner alongside Dartmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor National Park Authority, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust, the Quantock Hills AONB, Tamar Valley AONB, Devon Biodiversity Records Centre, the South West Lakes Trust, British Bryological Society, the British Lichen Society and Natural England.
The project focusses on two connected threats:
· An under appreciation of the global importance of South West Woodlands and;
· A lack of specialist management
Public engagement is at the heart of ‘Building Resilience’ with an ambitious approach to reach at least 17,000 people with citizen science, an innovative programme to engage local communities and expert woodland management at the most critical sites. Put simply, more people learning about and enjoying these ancient woodlands is the most effective way to safeguard them for the future.