Traditional orchards support an amazing range of wildlife; that’s why they are recognised as a very special habitat. The UK Biodiversity Action Plan now includes traditional orchards, but despite this they have very little protection and numbers continue to decrease.
Old fruit trees, with their craggy bark, provide homes for a huge range of insects and the orchard mosaic of hedges, pasture and the trees themselves provide the perfect conditions for all sorts of birds, animals, grasses, flowers, funghi and lichens.
One of our key aims is to make sure that we not only respect the wildlife value of the orchards we work in but also try to improve it. Every orchard has a wildlife survey before we begin, so that we know what’s there, and we add to it as time goes on.
You don’t need to be a wildlife expert to help us. If you have a passion for wildlife why not help with our surveys – learning alongside our ecologists, or take part in wildlife training days, moth evenings or bat hunts?