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The state of Scotland's rainforest

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State of Scotland's rainforest report cover
Publication date 2019
Publication type Research report
Pages 20

A research report, compiled by the Atlantic Woodland Alliance and produced by the Woodland Trust, reviewing the latest evidence on the condition of Scotland’s temperate rainforest woodlands and the threats they face.

The Atlantic Woodland Alliance is a voluntary partnership of organisations and individuals with a shared interest in the conservation and sustainable development of Scotland’s rainforest.

Scotland’s rainforest, also known as Atlantic woodland or the Celtic rainforest, is the ancient and native woodlands which hold rare lichens, mosses, liverworts, fungi and other plants – some found nowhere else in the world. Scotland is the last stronghold of this globally important habitat that once spread along the Atlantic coastline of Europe. The remaining oak, birch, ash, native pine and hazel woodlands are small, fragmented and isolated from each other. They are over mature and show little or no regeneration. The threats they face include over-grazing, invasive rhododendron, ash die-back, climate change and damage from inappropriate management.