A disturbing conclusion from the recent State of Nature report compiled by a coalition of environmental organisations is that
60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether; and this trend is worryingly mirrored in Surrey and across the south east of England .
This decline is occurring despite a 5% increase in woodland cover since 1990. According to Rob Davies, Woodland Officer for Surrey Wildlife Trust, the present approach where most woodland is unmanaged is simply not working. A more intentional, strategic approach to woodland management is needed.
Sable Wood, unmanaged for at least 20 years shows some of the signs of decline: growing dominance by a few species, particularly non-native invasive species, with consequent loss of biodiversity, diminution of aesthetic appeal and an impoverished home for wildlife.
Sensitive management is designed to