Butterflies and insects

Exquisite butterflies and colourful dragonflies are great to see on a trip to a forest or nature reserve. But we are often asked why we are so interested in protecting other insects and ‘creepy crawlies’.

Marsh-Fritillary-butterfly

The truth is that while timberman beetles and wood ants may not be as glamorous as red squirrels and golden eagles, they all contribute to the rich biodiversity found on the National Forest Estate.

That’s why we’re enhancing and conserving important habitats (such as wildflower meadows), leaving dead and decaying wood after we’ve finished felling, and adopting innovative land management techniques such as conservation grazing.

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