The little bourne chalk stream at Wickhambreaux, Kent
Credit: Jim Higham

Lowland Mixed Broadleaved Woodland

2025 target

Restore 30 ha; create 16 ha

Current resource (Kent Habitat Survey 2012)

153 ha UK BAP priority habitat


Lowland mixed deciduous woodland can have a hugely biodiverse canopy layer and ground flora and is a robust habitat with respect to future climates. Much of this woodland has been lost through clearfell and plantation planting. By 2025 an increase of 30% is desirable through a combination of restoration of conifer plantations on ancient woodland sites and new woodland creation. Agri-environment schemes are a key funding stream for this work but there may also be  opportunities for woodland creation and restoration as a result of future development through mandatory net gain.