Mike Dilger, resident wildlife expert on BBC1's The One Show, has spoken of the importance of efforts to conserve and restore the Sherwood Forest landscape and of his delight at seeing efforts to restore heathland.
Mike - who studied Botany at the University of Nottingham - spoke after a visit to the former Rufford Colliery at Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, where Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is working to restore over 100 hectares of heathland habitat with site owners Harworth Estates, and hearing of other Wildlife Trust activity with partners across the Forest area.
Mike, an Honorary Vice President of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Its great to see that the Trust, which has been working to protect the county's precious wildlife for over 50 years, has so many great partners in Sherwood.
“On my recent visit I saw for myself the exciting heathland restoration work at Rainworth involving Harworth Estates and heard that the Trust is also working with neighbouring landowners Nottinghamshire County Council and the Forestry Commission. It was also good to hear that the Trust is also working with other partners such as Forest Holidays and Castle Rock Brewery to raise awareness of the value of forest habitats and to raise funds conservation and education work.”