The facts on forest fragments
Forest fragments are usually the patchy remains of larger native forests. They were left standing, often in gullies or on steep slopes, when the land around them was cleared. Some fragments are new areas of forest that have grown back on cleared land. Fragmented and isolated pockets of native vegetation are vulnerable to pests, and may be too small to support some native plants or animals. However, we need to manage and protect fragments because in some areas they are all that is left.