The UK’s woodlands are facing a “barrage” of threats such as habitat damage, climate change and nitrogen pollution that is pushing them to crisis point. A new study by the Woodland Trust claims that not nearly enough is being done to create resilient native woodlands, protect and restore existing woods and put individual trees back in the landscape, with just 7% of the country’s native woodland in good ecological condition. It said that efforts to tackle climate change were being undermined by a failure to address the problems confronting woodlands and forests. Woods and trees face a barrage of threats including imported diseases, invasive plants and direct loss of woodland to development, while what remains is fragmented, the report said. All woodlands in England, and most in other parts of the UK, exceed harmful levels on nitrogen pollution, changing the natural make-up of the habitat by damaging delicate lichens and helping grass outcompete wildflowers. Advertisement And climate change is shifting the pattern of the seasons, so spring is happening around 8.4 days earlier, hitting wildlife such as blue tits which can find their breeding cycles now mismatch their food supply for chicks. The government has plans to plant 30,000 hectares… Read full this story
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