To say that pollination plays an important part in the world would be putting it mildly. With one in every three mouthfuls of our food depending on pollination taking place, the fact of the matter is that it performs an absolutely crucial role in our very existence, but the countless members of the insect army that ensure it continues are fighting a very real battle for survival.
We explore the black poplar which, according to the Forestry Commission, is the most endangered native timber tree in Britain
It’s easy to dismiss moths as dull and uninteresting, but this underestimates the important role they play in nature. Sadly, though, like so many insect species their numbers are in decline through loss of habitat.
Tightly interwoven into the history of Great Britain, the oak has played its part in our past more than any other native tree. At the Heart of England Forest the tradition of this strong native tree is being upheld, with both pedunculate and sessile oaks planted in large numbers.
One of the many surveys we’re undertaking this year is for the Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola), an elusive and characterful wading bird that had previously been spotted on numerous occasions in the Forest.