Plantlife Scotland is offering free advice to landowners keen to help keep the vibrant diversity of wild plants and fungi in woodlands, while they are managed for timber.
Woodlands are home to some of Scotland’s much –loved wildlife, but are also economically very important, supplying timber for a wide range of uses. Balancing both these aspects is the foresters’ art and Plantlife Scotland is offering free advice to landowners keen to help keep the vibrant diversity of wild plants and fungi in woodlands, while they are managed for timber
Davie Black, Conservation Co-ordinator for Plantlife Scotland, said: “Our focus is on stands of Atlantic rainforest and Caledonian pinewood, which are internationally important; rare in a global context. It is here in the Atlantic rainforest that we find banks of lush moss and crinkly crusts of lichens on oak, ash and hazel, and the Caledonian pinewoods are home to the small gems like twinflower and wintergreens, along with scattered junipers.”
Plantlife Scotland is interested in maintaining the plants that are characteristic of these traditionally managed Atlantic broadleaved woodlands and Caledonian pinewoods, and also stands of juniper.
Davie Black continued: “With the new round of the Scottish Rural Development Programme open for funding applications, extra points may be gained from managing with wild plants in mind. I am offering a free site visit and advice to woodland managers who are interested in how to balance the needs of wild plants and fungi with the commercial imperatives of the business.”
For more information contact Plantlife Scotland on 01786 469778 or email