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.

A mixed flock of sheep grazing in the marsh

Sheep - our woolly conservators

Our hardy rare breed sheep make fantastic srcub clearers.

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

Three pollarded trees on Takeley Plain, Essex

Tree work

The tree-scape at Hatfield Forest is influenced by our interventions, with the occasional help from high winds.

Partially cleared reed bed in Hatfield Forest, at top of lake


Nature left to its own devices would soon cause rapid reversion of open areas to scrub. We have several projects across the Forest tackling this thorny issue.

new fencing around a compartment in Beggarshall coopice

Coppicing in Hatfield Forest

Have you ever wondered about how we manage our coppices?