Forest and woodlands

Forest and woodlands cover around 40% of Cannock Chase AONB. Tree species are predominantly Corsican pine, Scots pine, silver birch and beech. The woodlands include habitats such as open clearings, grass rides, scrub, woodland edges and wet woods. These all provide important shelter and food sources for a wide range of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles including eight different birds of prey, three types of woodpecker and six species of bat.

Appropriate woodland management ensures a range of tree species, ages and structures are maintained to increase the opportunities for wildlife.

Look out for:

Woodlark – a rare bird which needs a mosaic of bare ground or short vegetation for feeding and areas of taller vegetation or woodland edges for nesting sites.

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