Wet Woodland (pdf full description)
Approximate extent - 88 ha
Distribution – Mostly Dark Peak and South West Peak
Opportunities and Threats
Extent – Generally under-recorded as it occurs as a mosaic amongst other habitats. Threat from perceived lower value compared to other habitats such as bog and marsh.
Condition – Probably at risk from grazing and poaching.
Connectivity – Poor. Typically small, fragmented sites suffering from a loss of connectivity between rivers and the floodplain.
Climate change risks – Moderate. Risk of drying out and gradual loss of sites. Threat from non-native invasive species such as Himalayan balsam in river valley woodlands.
The value of wet woodlands to a variety of species such as otters (pictured), and as a natural flood alleviation tool; together with vulnerability to climate change mean it is:
High priority to:
- Protect and enhance existing sites.
- Reduce fragmentation by expanding wet woodland in association with other woodland types.