Traditional Orchards are hotspots for biodiversity and have been shown to provide a refuge for over 1800 species from the plant, fungi and animal kingdoms.
In 2007, Traditional Orchards were designated a 'priority habitat' under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). Find out about the Traditional Orchard Habitat Action plan here.
With it's trees, dead wood, pasture and hedgerows, the Traditional Orchard creates a mosaic of different habitats.
Traditional Orchards support a diverse fauna including bumblebees, woodpeckers, small mammals and an array of scarce deadwood invertebrates.
Mistletoe can be found up in the canopy of fruit trees, while mosses, lichen and fungi colonise the trunks and branches. Undisturbed grassland beneath can support a diverse flora.