England’s Ancient Woodland Inventory is being updated countrywide on a county-by-county basis. Here in South Yorkshire, Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust is leading the local update. This means that we’ll be looking for woodland older than 400 years across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, and Barnsley.
To do this we’ll be using mapping technologies (GIS), previous research, historical maps & documents, and field surveys of botanical & archaeological features. It’s a big job but we’re excited to be involved in creating such a useful planning tool to protect these unique habitats.