What are Scotland’s native woodlands?

As responsible management of our community woodland when steps are taken for replanting of the SPHN areas felled we will be looking to ensure we remain true to our native woodlands as well as looking to increase biodiversity.

The below information has come from the Scottish Forestry website and link is at the bottom of this page if you wish to read further.

Native tree species are those which arrived naturally in Scotland without direct human assistance as far as we can tell. Most of our native tree and shrub species colonised Scotland after the last Ice Age (which ended roughly 9,000 years ago), with seeds dispersed by wind, water, and animals.

Scotland’s most common native trees and shrubs include Scots pine, birch (downy and silver), alder, oak (pedunculate and sessile), ash, hazel, willow (various species), rowan, aspen, wych elm, hawthorn, holly, juniper, elder and wild cherry. For a full list of species (both native and non-native) surveyed in the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS), please see Annex 1.

Scottish Forestry has produced a series of educational native woodlands videos, presented by naturalist Nick Baker. The main video, ‘Scotland’s Native Woodlands’, offers an excellent introduction to native woods and why they are special. So if you’ve got a quarter of an hour – why not grab a cup of tea and watch this video to learn more?