Ancient Woodland in the Chilterns

Ancient woodland in the Chilterns
Ancient woodland in the Chilterns

Ancient woodland is a nationally important and threatened habitat, and its existence over hundreds of years has preserved irreplaceable ecological and historical features. This valuable resource is increasingly under threat from development pressures so it's very important that local planning authorities know where the ancient woodland is in their area so the effects of any proposed development can be properly considered.

The existing Ancient Woodland Inventory was out of date and excluded any woodlands under 2ha in size. So in 2011/2012, TVERC carried out research using tithe maps and botanical surveys to update the Inventory, resulting in an increase of 1,544 hectares (13.7%) in the amount of known ancient woodland in the Chilterns area, bringing the total to 12,828 hectares (10.29% of the total area).  The project information will also be used by the Chilterns Woodlands Project to promote and encourage the sensitive and sustainable management of Chiltern woods in order to protect the landscape of the Chilterns and maintain and enhance its biodiversity.