Forestry Commission Scotland ‘s latest update on its Biodiversity Programme “Woods for Nature” shows that three years of work has resulted in good progress on 39 of 42 objectives.
The update report gives an in-depth picture of the Commission’s wide ranging action for biodiversity on the National Forest Estate (NFE) and which it supports in other woodlands throughout the country. Some of the key highlights in the latest report include:
· In 2010/11, nearly 7500ha of native woodlands were brought into management and 37,000 hectares of private forest was brought into long term forest plans;
· Almost two-thirds (38,000ha) of our most damaged ancient woodland sites are now under management plans aiming to secure and enhance their biodiversity value;
· Over 3,400 ha of new native woodlands were created in 2010/11, helping to build habitat networks;
· FCS spent £760k on the national forest estate in 2010/11 on action for 6 key species including capercaillie, black grouse and red squirrel.
FCS has now extended the programme, and Woods for Nature – next steps sets out actions up to March 2014.