We all know there’s plenty of rain in Scotland, but did you know it has rainforest too?
Scotland’s rainforest, also known as Atlantic woodland or the Celtic rainforest, is found along the west coast and on the inner isles. This unique habitat of ancient oak, birch, ash, pine and hazel woodland is made even more diverse by open glades, boulders, crags, ravines and river gorges.
It’s a wonderful place. But it is also at risk and we need to save it. We’re working hard to do just that, but we need your help. Here’s why – and how - you can do your bit.
Rainforests are rare and important
Unfortunately Scotland’s rainforest is a wee bit scarcer than Scotland’s rain! You may need a magnifying glass to experience it fully, but Scotland’s rainforest is as lush and important as the tropical rainforest. But it is far rarer.
The trees are dripping with moisture and bejeweled with a spectacular array of lichens, fungi, mosses, liverworts and ferns. Many are nationally and globally rare. Some can’t be found anywhere else in the world.