Scotland is blessed with many different types of native woodland, each with its own character. The nature of the woodland depends on the altitude, climate and soil conditions. A key aim of the project is to link up these fragments of important habitats which have survived, to create a more sustainable forest ecosystem and a haven for wildlife.

Within the The Great Trossachs Forest we have a rare opportunity to create a landscape-scale forest which includes a range of woodland types. This offers significant benefits as the habitats can expand and contract naturally over time. This means that the ecosystem is not constrained by other land uses (e.g. farming) and offers better conditions for wildlife to thrive.

The restoration of these areas in The Great Trossachs Forest is being studied to see how the new habitats become established over time. It is expected that the development of habitat networks will not only benefit biodiversity but also deliver a range of other environmental benefits, such as enhancing local landscape character, providing ecosystem services and linking The Great Trossachs Forest into its wider ecological context.

  • Forest habitats on the Scottish priority list for biodiversity action 
  • Different types of woodland in Scotland: 
  • Habitat networks and current research: