Nature Conservation Sites
There is no completely natural habitat left in Staffordshire as it has all been influenced to some extent by human activity. Most habitats have been heavily modified through the creation of agriculturally improved grassland, arable fields and conifer plantations. These habitats support only a limited range of plant and animal species and therefore have a low biodiversity.
The habitats which often support greatest biodiversity are those which have been affected the least by recent human activity such as ancient and semi-natural woodlands and traditionally managed grasslands.
Much of the remaining semi-natural habitat in Staffordshire occurs within designated wildlife sites, which are described below.