From the globally important Celtic rainforests of Scotland and Wales, rich in rare mosses and lichens to the fabled woods of England, that fill with bluebells every spring, the UK is home to a variety of exceptional woodland. These are the places that inspired Tolkein, Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Yet despite having more woodland than we did 20 years ago, woodland wild flowers and other plants continue to decline: 1 in 6 of our woodland flowers is threatened with extinction, such as spreading bellflower (Campanula patula), the red helleborine orchid (Cephalanthera rubra), and small cow-wheat (Melampyrum sylvaticum). This, in turn, affects other wildlife: woodland birds and butterflies are declining too, as they rely on such plants for food and shelter.
What Plantlife's doing for woodland
Find out about Plantlife's conservation work in the UK's woodlands.
We have more woodland today than we did 20 years ago and yet our woodland flora and fauna continues its seemingly inexorable decline. It doesn't have to be this way.
Want to spot woodland wildflowers?
Try our woodland habitat set in the Great British Wildflower Hunt.