Scotland: A national map of all of Scotland’s native forests is starting to emerge for the first time. Surveyors are conducting research in about 730,000 hectares of woodland across the whole of the country as part of a six-year study.
Their results have so far detailed the location, size and type of forests in eight local authority areas. The areas covered are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, North, South and East Ayrshire and East Renfrew.
Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland’s woodlands are becoming increasingly important to us in a number of ways, from sustaining and enhancing biodiversity to helping in the fight against climate change, from serving as a lynchpin for many rural enterprises, to offering a wide range of recreational opportunities to communities across the country. This is an important survey and it will make a significant contribution towards protecting, enhancing and expanding this magnificent resource.”
Landowners, conservationists and local authorities will be able to use the information gathered to help them protect and develop these woodlands. The research is being conducted by the Forestry Commission Scotland, with support from Scottish Natural Heritage.
A Forestry Commission spokesman said: “Our forests and woods are becoming increasingly significant factors in key industries such as green tourism and recreation provision. “There is great potential to utilise the native woodland resource to enjoy these activities, and there is widespread public support for more native woodland in the landscape.”