New Forest Background - Nature Conservation

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The New Forest is of international importance for nature conservation, being the largest area of `unsown' vegetation in lowland Britain. The Forest also contains major areas of lowland heath (3800ha), valley and seepage step mire (2900) and ancient wood pasture (840). Several of the streams draining the system are individually of national importance as relatively undisturbed ecological systems supporting rich assemblages of aquatic plants and insects.

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