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From 2001 to 2022, United Kingdom lost 541kha of tree cover, equivalent to a -2.2% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In United Kingdom from 2001 to 2022, 541kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In United Kingdom, the top 4 regions were responsible for 100.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Scotland had the most tree cover loss at 351.6kha compared to an average of 135.2 kha.

Scotland351.6kha
England110.2kha
Wales58.1kha
Northern Ireland20.9kha
From 2000 to 2020, United Kingdom experienced a net change of 81.6 kha (2.72%) in tree cover.
  • The loss total is different from annual tree cover loss, as this data was created using a different method and forest definition. For gross or annual loss information, please see the tree cover loss widget.
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  • Disturbance represents areas that experienced both loss and gain between 2000 and 2020
From 2000 to 2020, United Kingdom gained 473.1 kha of tree cover equal to 0.36% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In United Kingdom
Weekly Fire Alerts In United Kingdom
In United Kingdom the peak fire season typically occurs in April. There were 48 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 15 Jan 2023 and 5 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In United Kingdom Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In United Kingdom Compared to Other Areas
In United Kingdom there have been 48 VIIRS fire alerts reported so far in 2023 considering high confidence alerts only. This total is high compared to the total for previous years going back to 2023. The most fires recorded in a year was 2018, with 114.

Between 15 Jan 2023 and 5 Nov 2023 United Kingdom experienced a total of 683 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Scotland Faces New Fire Incidents as UK Tree Cover Dynamics Reveal Net Growth

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