Conservation charities team up to buy ancient Ausewell Wood in Dartmoor

PUBLISHED: 10:59 05 November 2019

Ausewell Wood

Ausewell Wood

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The Woodland Trust and National Trust are working together to safeguard the future of Ausewell Wood - an invaluable wildlife treasure in the heart of Dartmoor

The wildlife found at Ausewell has endured centuries of various human interventions including mining, charcoal making and - in more recent history - the planting of non-native trees in ancient woodland.

It is a valuable wildlife site where key species such as cuckoos, lesser spotted woodpeckers, pied flycatchers and the elusive hazel dormouse have taken refuge.

The Woodland Trust needs to raise £1 million to take over the ownership of its part of the wood.

Ross Kennerley of the Woodland Trust said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to safeguard the future of a national treasure and very timely too given recent reports about the impact of climate change and species extinction."

Find out more about how you can support the campaign: woodlandtrust.org.uk/lostworld

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