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Sherwood’s Historic Heathlands

Sherwood’s Historic Heathlands

Help to save your local heathland!

Lowland heathland is one of our rarest and most threatened habitats. It's also home to many interesting animals and plants.

Over the last century we lost over 85% of our lowland heathland in Nottinghamshire. Between 2012 and 2014 Sherwood's Historic Heathlands project raised awareness of this special habitat and restored some of the heathland that was lost in the past.

The project forms part of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's commitment to promoting and restoring the county's heathlands. Find out how you can help us do more by clicking here

 

Lowland heathland is one of our most fragile and threatened habitats. It is rarer than rainforest and we have one fifth of the world's heathland in the UK.

Centuries ago Sherwood Forest was once heathland, not ancient woodland as many people believe.
The heathland would have been used for grazing. The habitat would have been burnt to help heather plants to regenerate.
In modern times these traditional management practices stopped being used. Heathland needs management to survive, so now few fragments of this valuable habitat remain.Without management heathland becomes overgrown with trees and grasses, and our precious heritage disappears. Through our Champions of Sherwood campaign we are working with partners to restore and reconnect fragments of remaining heathland and create new areas of  heath in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Home to many rare plants and animals, heathland is a truly valuable habitat.
All the species of reptiles in the UK, over 300 species of spiders, many ground-dwelling lichens, rare birds, such as the nightjar, butterflies and beetles all call heathland home.

Between 1922 and 2000, 90% of all our lowland heathland was lost to agriculture, plantation forestry and urban development.
If we don't protect our heathland heritage from destruction, many of these species could disappear.

Sherwood's Historic Heathlands project provided over 2000 free opportunities for indoor and outdoor learning for young people aged 8 - 18 living in the west of Nottinghamshire.


Our education work in schools provided free inspiring learning experiences either in-school or on one of our local heathlands.
A wide range of fre

e sessions and activities were delivered to community groups and for families, where adults and children can learn together!

This project will also helped to protect and restore one of our local heathlands, Strawberry Hill Heath, Mansfield.
Click here to find out more about Strawberry Hill Heath!

Get involved!!
There are many ways to get involved in Sherwood's Historic Heathlands project and help to protect your local habitats.
You can help restore heathland though practical work or help raise awareness by working with young people at school or community events.

Email [email protected] to find out more!!

Sherwood’s Historic Heathlands Map

Here are some heathlands in the area that are open for you to explore!

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Factsheets & Downloads

OPAL Heathland Field Guide

OPAL Heathland Field Guide

A handy field guide for the heathlands of the East Midlands. Includes birds, reptiles, invertebrates, lichens, fungi and mosses.

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Rainworth Heath Trail

Rainworth Heath Trail

A self-led wildlife trail for Rainworth Heath Nature Reserve. Suitable for children aged 7-11.

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Vicar Water Country Park Trail

Vicar Water Country Park Trail

A self-led wildlife trail for Vicar Water Country Park (off Mansfield Road). Suitable for children aged 7-11.

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Fox's Breakfast

Fox's Breakfast

Found out if Rainworth Heath or Strawberry Hill Heath Nature Reserves are good for foxes! For children of any age.

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Spring Phenology

Spring Phenology

A booklet that would be suitable for school groups or families. Spotter sheets can be downloaded from www.wildlifewatch.org.uk. Suitable for children 9+.

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