Silwood Park biodiversity
Silwood Park is recognized as an important refuge for wildlife. The campus fields include several Priority Habitats like wet woodlands, acid grasslands, traditional orchards and parklands. The latter, particularly valued by the amount of veteran and ancient trees, support an incredible number of rare species of insects, lichens and fungi that depend on decaying wood. Priority Habitats were identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (1994-2012) (UK BAP). These habitats are now listed as 'Habitats of Principal Importance' in section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act. Zones with a high density of priority habitats and that offer the highest opportunity for restoration are identified as the most important for wildlife and grouped in the so called Biodiversity Opportunity Areas (BOAs). Silwood Park along with Windsor Great Park is one of the 29 BOAs in Berkshire county.
Since 2004 the campus fields are also one of Berkshire named Local Wildlife Sites (LWS), which along with other areas creates a networks of habitats that provide refuge for flora and fauna and help preserve rare or threatened species. The Thames Valley Environmental Records Center (TVERC) review and survey LWSs regularly and keeps the record of the species found. Silwood is home of several habitats and species considered scarce, vulnerable, or that need protection under several national and international conservation schemes (e.g. Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Section 41 of the 2006 Natural Environment and Rural Communities, IUCN Red List of Threatened Species). These include slow worms, grass snakes, linnets, lesser spotted woodpekers, corn spurrey, an many other plant and insect species. Find here the TVERC report or contact us if you want to report a wildlife sighting.
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Find here the habitats and species that make Silwood Park a remarkable natural reserve and an exceptional place to live and work.
Learn about our current field experiments and how to apply to access the field for new research projects