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- Cannock Chase supports the largest remaining areas of heathland in the Midlands. In the last 200 years, the UK has lost 90% of its heathlands making it one the rarest habitat types in the country and a priority for conservation efforts. As such, a number of the animals and plants which rely on these habitats are also endangered and are becoming increasingly scarce and also have their own legal protections. Please take care and stick to existing footpaths.
- Certain parts of Cannock Chase, such as Brocton Coppice, are recognised ancient woodlands, meaning that they are at least 400 years old and are effectively irreplaceable. In these areas sensitive woodland management is being carried out to ensure the trees survive for many more years. Help by keeping your impact minimal.
- The pine plantation forests on Cannock Chase are managed by Forestry England for timber production – a natural and replaceable raw material. Felling the pine trees is not a destructive process and provides an alternative home for certain species. When the trees reach the end of their lifecycle and are cut, the clear-fell provides perfect breeding ground for rare ground nesting birds and other wonderful wildlife. Look out for safety signage and stay away from these areas until timber extraction is finished.