The Salisbury Woodland adjacent to the zoo was declared a County Biological Heritage Site in 1993 for its remarkable community of mosses and lichens growing on the trees. Since that time several trees have been blown over by storms, some have succumbed to the ravages of Dutch Elm Disease and a small number of unsafe trees have had to be felled. Due to the changes that have occured the site has recently been resurveyed to check if the epiphytic interest is still there. You will read in the surveys that the woodland continues to be very important for both mosses and lichens and provides a suitable habitat for rare and scarce species in both groups.
Click here for the Lichen survey
Click here for the Moss survey.
When visiting the Salisbury Woodland please take the time to examine and enjoy the intricate shapes and forms of these small but important part of the woodland's ecology .
Moss with Antler Fungus growing through it