Assessing your Woodland's Condition

On this site, use the Search your Wood's Wildlife and Woodland Guidance tabs to explore information about your local woodland wildlife and to find management guidance.

A separate online tool is available to allow you to complete a straightforward assessment of the ecological condition of a woodland, that has no statutory designation (e.g. not designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Known as the Woodland Condition Assessment, this tool allows users to record features at pre-selected locations and via a walking survey through the wood. You can then compare your results to classification thresholds (good, moderate and poor) which reflect the scoring methodology used for national reporting on woodland ecological condition, developed and published in 2020 by the National Forest Inventory.

This will give you an overview of the condition of your woodland's habitats in a standardised way and identify any issues you may need to address.

Visit the Woodland Condition Assessment

The Woodland Condition Assessment has been developed by the Forestry Commission, Forest Research, Natural England, Woodland Trust and England Woodland Biodiversity Group to help assess the ecological condition of woodland.

The online app has been produced by Sylva Foundation and supporting guidance and training is available from the Field Studies Council.

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