Local volunteers needed for Suffolk pilot study

Oak with large limb loss. Photo: PTES

Wildlife charity the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has launched an England-wide survey to help conserve wood pasture.

Wood pasture tends to be derived from wooded commons and medieval hunting forests, and contains many ancient and endangered species of animal and plant, including some of the oldest trees in the country.

Pilot research will begin in Suffolk where local volunteers are needed to help record the extent and condition of local wood pasture and parkland. No specialist knowledge is needed and the surveys can be incorporated into parkland walks.

Surveying will take place until October after which results will be used to refine the process before it is rolled out across England.

Megan Gimber, PTES key habitats officer, said: ‘Despite the value of wood pasture and parkland, it is a habitat that is little understood and has historically been overlooked – often being mistaken for other habitats such as degraded woodland or grassland containing trees. PTES’ work to protect these habitats is paramount in not only conserving wood pasture as a vital habitat, but also the key species who depend on them to survive.’

Volunteer and request a survey pack here.

There will also be an optional training and information day on Sunday 11 June at Lackford Lakes, near Bury St Edmunds.

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