Conservation in action

We highlight different aspects of our ongoing work across the forest to protect and enhance the environment for our many and varied inhabitants.

A reptile house created in the bank by the car park at Hatfield Forest

Conservation Projects

We are undertaking a range of conservation projects in the forest.

Red poll cattle grazing on the main plain at Hatfield Forest, Essex

Cattle in Hatfield Forest

In summer, the forest is graced by Red Poll cattle grazing the wood pasture

A mixed flock of sheep grazing in the marsh

Sheep - our woolly conservators

Our hardy rare breed sheep make fantastic srcub clearers.

A signal crayfish from the lake at Hatfield Forest

Crayfish Project

We have some unwelcome visitors to the lake which are driving out the native crayfish

new fencing around a compartment in Beggarshall coopice

Coppicing in Hatfield Forest

Have you ever wondered about how we manage our coppices?