European beechwood in pale autumnal sunlight

Broadleaf forest

Broadleaf forests are the dominant habitat of the UK and most of temperate northern Europe. There's little left of Britain's ancient wildwood, but isolated pockets of oak, beech and mixed deciduous and evergreen woodlands are scattered across the continent, and dictate its biodiversity. These forests are most diverse in the eastern areas of North America and in China. Unlike many forests, plentiful immature trees and undergrowth means most life is on the forest floor.

Take a wild walk in an ancient woodland.

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What lives here?







Snails and slugs

Where you find Broadleaf forest

Map showing the location of the Broadleaf forest habitat


Useful behaviours for this habitat


Ecozones where this habitat is found


Other Terrestrial habitats

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