Windsor Forest

Windsor forest is located on the boarders of Berkshire and surrey, England. South of Windsor. Windsor Forest is also known as ‘Windsor Great Park’.

Windsor Forest Has a large varied area of spectacular landscapes. The park is also populated with deer. Windsor forest is has importance because it is a site of special scientific Interest.

Why is the forest being protected? Some of the reasons why Windsor forest is being protected is due to its: • Rare plants • Rare trees • Rare species of insects that come with the forest trees.

Old acidophilus oak woods

Windsor forest represents old acidophilus oak woods in the south-eastern part of its UK range. It has the largest number of old oaks (Quercus spp), In Britain (and probably in Europe), a consequence of its management is wood-pasture. It is of importance for its range and diversity invertebrates, including many rare species (e.g. the beetle Lacon querceus), some known in the UK only from this site, and has recently been recognised as having rich fungal scattering. Windsor Forest and Great Park has been identified as of potential international importance for its saproxylic invertebrate kingdom by the Council of Europe.

Violet click beetle

Violet click beetle (Limoniscus violaceus) was first recorded at Windsor Forest in 1937. The site is thought to support the largest of the known populations of this species in the UK. There is a large population of ancient trees on the site, which, combined with the historical continuity of woodland cover, has resulted in Windsor Forest being listed as the most important site in the UK for fauna associated with decaying timber on ancient trees (Fowles, Alexander & Key 1999). The site was also identified as of potential international importance for its saproxylic invertebrate fauna by the Council of Europe (Speight 1989).