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Our woodland habitats

One beautiful old oak tree can support 600 different species of life. Can you imagine the life sustained by the millions of trees that make up the woodland habitats that cover a quarter of our National Park?

Woodlands within the Park really are some of our most valuable habitats. Some are recognised as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation. That means our woodlands and the species they support are so valuable they have international significance.

Our Wild Challenge

The good news is that by restoring our woodlands we can create the largest native woodland in Scotland.

We’re working with land managers to manage or create woodlands, especially where these could improve links in our habitat network.

Meet the trees

  • Conifer Forests– Around two thirds of our woodlands are conifer forests with species such as Scot’s pine, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce and larch.
  • Broadleaved Woodland– Around a third of our woodlands are mostly native broadleaves, like oak, birch, alder, ash, hazel and rowan.
  • Our Atlantic oakwoods include mosses, ferns and lots of other wonderful wildlife. A great place to see our Atlantic oakwoods is on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond!

Oakwood near Aberfoyle

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