National NWSS report

NWSS-Report2014

Download the national report:

Scotland’s Native Woodlands: Results from the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (PDF 5.3MB)

The report was released on 3rd Feb 2014 by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change. The 100-page document gives a national overview of NWSS results and assesses the state of Scotland’s native woodlands.

The national report’s key findings have been summarised in the following two-page leaflet: Native Woodland Survey of Scotland leaflet (PDF 505k)

Supporting documents and information

The national report occasionally refers to supplementary reports and information which are listed below.

Page 10 - European Union Habitats and Species Directive:

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora

Europe’s natural habitats are continuing to deteriorate and an increasing number of wild species are seriously threatened. Much of this is as a result of development and agricultural intensification. 

Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, known as the Habitats Directive was adopted in 1992. The Directive is the means by which the European Union meets its obligations under the Bern Convention. The Directive applies to the UK and to its Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

The main aim of the Habitats Directive is to promote the maintenance of biodiversity by requiring Member States to take measures to maintain or restore natural habitats and wild species listed on the Annexes to the Directive at a favourable conservation status, introducing robust protection for those habitats and species of European importance. In applying these measures Member States are required to take account of economic, social and cultural requirements, as well as regional and local characteristics.

From http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-1374. See also http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/legislation/habitatsdirective

Page 14 – More information on Interpreted Forest Types (IFTs)

See NWSS Interpreted Forest Types (PDF 73k)

Page 17 - Local authority and regional native woodland areas by priority woodland type

See NWSS Local Authority areas by PWT (PDF 76k)

Page 27 – Ancient woodland change methodology

See NWSS Ancient Woodland Change Methodology (PDF 269k) for an explanation of the methodology used to estimate areas of ancient woodland loss

Page 43 – Habitat and vegetation classification survey protocol

Manual for recording National Vegetation Classification communities and Habitat Action Plan types in the Native Woodlands Survey of Scotland, see NWSS Averis and Rodwell Manual (PDF 157k)