These woodlands, originally planted to support the national economy in the 1940s, are now regarded as an important recreational & ecological amenity: there are several open areas within the plantation, especially close to residential development. Over time, there will be a change to the uniformity of conifers by selective thinning and / or removal. In some spots, a 'mixed' deciduous / coniferous regime will be established and in others, complete removal of trees. Fire-breaks and some of the wider rides also aid diversity of flora and fauna.
Discrete areas of the plantation form elements of the Holt and West Moors Heath SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) where the special character of the pockets of heathland and boggy ditch habitats allow rare plants to survive, e.g., some orchid species. The moist / wet heath habitats ( which were, until the 1940s, dominant here ) are being augmented by steadily removing conifers to allow a natural regeneration to take place.
Commercial conifer stands are notoriously poor as regards wildlife diversity due to low light levels: the ubiquitous grey squirrel and rabbits around the margins are found, occasional deer passing through - and coal tits and goldcrest might be observed ( or heard ), among other species. However, the open areas, fire-breaks, rides and margins do offer more interest - and with the changes outlined above, this variety will be further enhanced.
Moors river, Mannington brook & Uddens water: . . . . .
Our local streams provide both ecological & historical interest: on a practical note, the boundaries of the modern parish follow ( or are closely aligned to ) some of these watercourses & they were all at one time important to the scattered farms that pre-date the modern village.