Wyre Forest becomes largest woodland nature reserve in England

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Wyre Forest, which covers the Worcestershire and Shropshire border, has been extended by almost 2,225 acres to now cover 3,500 acres ‑ the equivalent of 1,700 football pitches. Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England, said: “This very significant expansion of the Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve marks another important step towards nature recovery in England.

“These reserves protect some of the finest examples of our natural environment, and by expanding their size we not only protect more wildlife but also help different species cope as the effects of climate change take hold.”

The expansion, by reversing land back to native woodland, is a big victory for the Daily Express’s campaign to create more space for nature.

Forests play a vital role in tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as providing a source of home-grown timber, carbon capture and places for people to enjoy nature.

The Express and eco-entrepreneur Dale Vince have teamed up with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to help them buy Horse Common, a 91-acre plot of woodland and heathland in the New Forest.

You can help secure it for wildlife forever as part of the Express’s Make More Space For Nature campaign. So far readers have rallied superbly, pledging about half of the £90,000 needed to unlock donations of £360,000.

To help, send cheques made payable to RSPB to Daily Express Horse Common appeal, RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Beds, SG19 2DL.

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