UK Wood Ants

Welcome to the website of the UK Wood Ants Steering Group. Wood ants are a fascinating group which not only have intrinsic value in their own right, but also play important roles in woodland ecosystems. This website is aimed at anyone wishing to learn more about the ecology and conservation of wood ants (and related species) in the UK.

Steering Group

The UK Wood Ant Steering Group (WASG) was established in the early 2000’s to advise on and drive the biodiversity action plans (BAP) for Formica exsecta and then, Formica aquilonia, F. lugubris and F. rufa. The ongoing purpose of the group is to bridge gaps between science and policy/practice in order to secure the future of wood ants in the UK. Today, we are not just concerned with BAP species, but with all wood-dwelling ants, associated species and their habitats. Membership of the NSG is open, by invitation, to any professionals with an interest in the conservation of wood ants in the UK. Our network includes representatives from government and statutory conservation agencies, the academic world and the voluntary sector. The Steering Group hosted the first international Wood Ant Symposium on 18-19th October 2011 and more information on this can be found by clicking on the link on the left. For further information on the group, contact Jenni Stockan or Craig Macadam