Woodlands are an important part of the natural landscape and support a large variety of species. At Pensthorpe nearly 150 acres of the reserve are woodland, 60 acres of which are classed as wet woodland and are being beneficially managed to improve this vital habitat. 

Wet or carr woodlands are a national priority habitat and have undergone a drastic decline. The loss is widespread in Norfolk and is due to many different factors such as draining of the land for agriculture; clearance to create fen or reedbeds and changes to water levels due to abstraction or poor river management. 

The woodlands here at Pensthorpe benefit from management techniques such as coppicing; leaving fallen trees in place for habitat enrichment and scrub clearance to encourage a healthy woodland floor.