Biological diversity – or biodiversity – is the term given to the total diversity and variability of life on earth and of the natural systems of which we are all part.
Scotland's forests and biodiversity
Scotland's forests and woodlands occupy just 17% of our land surface but they support a disproportionately high share of our biodiversity. Forest biodiversity conservation is an integral part of both the Scottish Government's Scottish Forestry Strategy and Scottish Biodiversity Strategy.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) plays a strong role in both strategies and we contribute to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as lead partner for 6 native woodland action plans in Scotland.
FCS carries out a wide range of work to enhance or conserve biodiversity, by managing the national forest estate and encouraging good practice and conservation projects in private woodlands.
The Woods for Nature programme
In 2008 we published Woods for Nature: Our Biodiversity Programme 2008-2011 (PDF 4Mb),setting out our aims and key actions to help promote biodiversity in Scottish woodlands.
Woods for Nature annual progress report
We have now extended the programme, and Woods for Nature next steps (PDF 386k) sets out actions we will take up to March 2014.
Species Action Notes
As part of our biodiversity programme we have identified a suite of key threatened woodland species for action and our work for these are described in a series of Species Action Notes. These will be updated during 2012/13 to review progress and set out further actions.''
Programme for protected woodland sites
Work to improve designated woodland sites is set out in a Scottish Programme for Protected Woodland Sites.
Variety is the spice of life - Action for nature on Scotland's national forest estate
Scotland is particularly rich in biodiversity – from the
seas around us to the mountain tops. But nowhere is it more evident than in our forests and woodlands. In fact, wildlife is one of the things that people say they value most about woodlands when they visit.
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