The broadleaf woodlands of the National Park are mainly oak woodlands concentrated on the steep valley sides of the main Dartmoor rivers. Most have remained wooded since at least the 1600s and are therefore referred to as being ancient. They support rare lichens and nesting birds including pied flycatcher and wood warbler.
Wet woodlands of willow and alder are relatively small in area and found in the valley bottoms.
The large forestry plantations such as Burrator, Bellever and Fernworthy do not include many native trees but the conifers do provide homes for species uncommon elsewhere, such as crossbill. Nightjar and other species take advantage of clear-felled areas.
Discover more of the Dartmoor Story
Through the Moor than meets the eye Landscape Partnership scheme we have worked with partners Natural England and the Woodland Trust to help support conservation and restoration work in the beautiful woodlands of the Bovey Valley.
- Volunteers have worked alongside experts to learn more about the barbastelle bat, a rare woodland species.
- Find out more about the Discovering the Nature of the Bovey Valley project on the Moor than meets the eye website
- Read about how volunteers and staff are working together for woodland wildlife on the East Dartmoor Woods blog