The Wye Gorge: an internationally important site for saproxylic invertebrates
The woodlands of the Wye Gorge support an abundance and diversity of habitat for saproxylic invertebrates, and surveys have revealed a number of rare and scarce species. Mike Howe, Keith Alexander and Rob Bacon describe the wonderful array of saproxylic invertebrates found here, and the importance of the Wye Gorge for these species compared to other saproxylic sites.
The Wye Gorge and its surrounding districts, including the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, are among the most densely and continuously wooded landscapes in southern Britain. The Gorge is centred on a 58-mile stretch of the River Wye, from Goodrich in Herefordshire to Chepstow in Monmouthshire, as it meanders through the Wye Valley AONB.