Native woodlands

Our native woodlands are one of the most characteristic elements of the Scottish landscape - from the rugged Caledonian pinewoods and birchwoods in Highland glens to the remnant ancient broadleaved woods in Borders cleuchs.

They are home to many species of animals and plants - from wildcats to wood ants and mighty trees to tiny mosses, lichens and fungi.

Action for Scotland's Native Woods

Our Action for Scotland's Native Woods booklet encourages people to think about opportunities to manage and create native woodlands.

Developing Native Woodland Habitat Networks

We have produced guidance for land managers on how to locate native woodland expansion to help develop habitat networks and deliver Scottish Forestry Strategy targets.

Assessment of planted native woodland in Scotland

In 2014, Forestry Commission Scotland commissioned a review of new native woodland schemes that were planted between 1989 and 2011. The review assessed 31 sites against the FC Scotland guidance of the time.

The findings from the report are being incorporated into our on-going support for Native Woodlands. Improvements in new native woodland establishment practices are now reflected in the requirements of the Forestry Grant Scheme.