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Where to See Wildlife In The National Forest

Friday, 23rd February 2007

Where to See Wildlife In The National Forest

The National Forest Company has launched its first ever guide to the best places to see wildlife in the Forest.

The full colour, fold-out guide is easy to read and highlights 24 sites throughout the 200 square miles of the Forest where visitors and local people are likely to spot some of the fascinating wildlife that makes The National Forest its home.

Kestrel and woodpecker; fungi and bluebells; buzzards and barn owls: all these and many more species have become increasingly common since the planting of the Forest began in the early 1990s.

Over this period, more than 400 woodlands and other wildlife-friendly habitats have been created. Three times the amount of land within the Forest has been opened up, providing more opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy walking, go bird-watching, explore new places and see more wildlife at close quarters.

“People are always interested to know about the plants and animals in the Forest, and the work that is being done to encourage more,” said Sam Lattaway, Biodiversity and Access Officer for the National Forest Company. “We now have such a spread and density of wildlife-friendly sites in the Forest, it was time to make the most of them and produce this guide.”

The National Forest Company researched the guide in conjunction with the Wildlife Trusts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire and Rutland, the Forestry Commission, the Woodland Trust and other partners who own and manage the majority of sites featured in the leaflet.

“Where to see Wildlife in The National Forest” is available at Tourist Information Centres throughout the Forest or from the National Forest Company: call 01283 551211; e-mail enquiries@nationalforest.org ; or write to the National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BD. The guide can also be downloaded from the Nature Conservation section.