Woodlands only occupy 17% of the land in Scotland. Many woods are very small in scale and highly fragmented, especially those ancient native woods that have the highest biodiversity value.
What is the purpose of Forest Habitat Networks?
The concept of Forest Habitat Networks is to link woodlands old and new to form a more continuous woodland cover than at present. This will benefit wildlife by providing wider and more sustainable habitats, and it will enhance opportunities for people who live near, work in, or simply enjoy our woodlands.
It is important to view woodlands as an integral part of the wider landscape rather than as individual stands of trees. Woods and forests must be placed within the context of the many other forms of land use.
You can read more detailed information about habitat networks in Scotland at: http://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/habitatnetworks.
Developing native woodland habitat networks
We have produced guidance for land managers on how to locate native woodland expansion in order to help to develop habitat networks. See: developing native woodland habitat networks.