Woodland is important because it is one of our most complex habitats and, as such, can support more wildlife than almost any other UK habitat. Ancient woodland which has been continuously wooded since at least 1600 AD is particularly important but
younger secondary woodlands and even conifer plantations
can be important for nature if managed sympathetically. Scrub
(native shrubs) is important for providing food for wildlife in the
form of pollen, nectar, seeds and berries. It also provides nesting
habitat for birds and small mammals in the spring and summer
and shelter in winter. Our chosen species were identified as
indicators for well-managed woodland in good condition.