A photo of apples on a branch in an orchardNothing says south west England more than the cheerful orchard but did you know orchards are an important habitat under threat? Aside from the tasty apples, orchards can support a wide range of wildlife because they’re a combination of open woodland and meadow. Furthermore, as fruit trees age quickly, they create the perfect habitats for invertebrates and birds, some of which are rare, such as the lesser spotted woodpecker and the noble chafer beetle.

Explore the links below to find the best ways to enhance your orchard for wildlife and how to create a new orchard the wildlife-friendly way.