Activists: Data lacking on ancient forest losses

Feb 26, 2014, 2:00 AM EST
An ancient oak tree sits in a Shropshire field as the first signs of Spring begin to show across the United Kingdom on February 19, 2014 in Bridgnorth, England.
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The scale of ancient woodland being lost to development in Britain is being made worse because of a lack of accurate data. The Woodland Trust says that systems are so poor, the government cannot say how much ancient forest has disappeared in the last 10 years. However, a new report from the Forestry Commission says that the UK's tree cover has increased significantly.
Background:
Ancient woodland losses 'not accounted for', say campaigners [BBC]
U.K. weather: Ancient forests exposed by storms along the coast of Wales [The Independent]
 

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