The Great Trossachs Forest project aims to create a forest landscape large enough to include a range of habitats and a diversity of wildlife. The project will create:

  • 4,400 hectares (44km2) of native woodland.
  • 16,650 hectares (166km2) of forest and open ground, with a mix of habitats, returning ecosystems which have been damaged by over-grazing and human exploitation to its more natural state.

More than 800 hectares has been planted with native trees over the past two years, with a further 150 hectares due to be planted by 2015. Ultimately over 3,000 hectares of new tree cover will be created.

Climate change is affecting many native species of birds, insects and plants’ but the long-term effects are unknown. Creating large areas of high quality woodland will help our native species adapt to face the challenges ahead.

Find out more about adapting to climate change.

The main woodland types found in The Great Trossachs Forest area are all Priority Habitats, which support a number of Priority Species identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. They all require urgent action to safeguard their future.

Many of the fragments of these important habitats which can be found in The Great Trossachs Forest area are designated, due to their national or international importance.