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Baby tawny owls in the hands of a ranger

Wildlife thrives under our care

The land we manage provides homes for wildlife in moors, heathlands and bogs as well as forests and woodlands, where over half of England’s rarest and most threatened species have been found. Our woodlands provide more than a quarter of a million hectares of habitat for wildlife, helping to create healthy and natural ecosystems.

Pine marten standing on tree stump looking left

The future looks bright for the pine marten, as they mark their return to our forests.

Our wildlife reintroductions are valuable not only for the conservation of the species themselves, but also for the benefit they can have on other wildlife.

Evidence in some areas where pine marten numbers are recovering shows there is a decline in grey squirrels; good news for the reds. This would also be good news for forests too. Grey squirrels cause damage and kill trees by stripping their bark.

Our staff and volunteers do extraordinary conservation work every day to support the species living within our forests.

Hunted to extinction, the white-tailed eagle has been absent from the shores of England for 240 years. Now, in a ground-breaking project, we are working with our fantastic partners and volunteers to restore these majestic birds to their ancestral home as part of a five-year reintroduction programme.

We've been tracking their movements as they get settled in to their environment, keep an eye out for blog updates to see how this remarkable story unfolds.

Close up of white-tailed Eagle over water
Mike Crutch

Our work with wildlife is possible thanks to the hard work of our partners and dedicated volunteers.

Beavers arrive for Yorkshire trial
Forestry England/Sam Oakes

Nature's architects and ecosystem engineers, beavers completely change their surrounding habitats for the better.

They build dams to restrict water flow creating ponds of deep water, coppice trees and shrubs and dig canal systems creating diverse wetlands. 

As a trial, we've released beavers into a secure area in Cropton Forest and the Greathough Brook to create and maintain dams for the sake of flood management.

Pine marten standing on tree stump looking left
Blog
08 January 2020
Once common in English woodlands, the pine marten became virtually extinct. But things are now looking up for these charming mammals.
Boy looking into a bug pot
Blog
06 January 2020
From the eerie buzzing spider to spectacular purple emperor butterflies, Forestry England’s forests are home to an abundance of wildlife, including some of our most interesting animals and plants.
Fungi on forest floor
Article
14 September 2018
Over 2000 visitors, volunteers and expert ecologists across the country came together to take part in the Big Forest Find – the country’s biggest ever survey of forest wildlife. Almost 17,000 sightings were recorded across 44 events in our forests during 2019. Read more about some highlights here.
Beaver in pond surrounded by trees
Blog
25 February 2020
How we help to return missing species to our landscapes through exciting wildlife reintroductions in the nation’s forests.