1986 WOODLANDS: Important Woods

 To the North East of Heath are the    
 largest deciduous woods in            
 Bedfordshire (Kings and Bakers Woods).
 They are considered to be Sites of    
 International or National Importance. 
                                       
 Covering 230 hectares both woods are  
 protected having been declared an area
 of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). 
                                       
 The list of protected species covers  
 11 types of trees, 15 animals, 3 types
 of ground cover, 6 wild plants and 49 
 different insects.                    
                                       
 Only 4% of Bedfordshire is covered in 
 woodland, urban development covering  
 10% and arable farming some 60%.      
                                       
 The protection measures also prevent  
 new species being introduced without  
 authority.                            
 

Map of the area

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