Better planning to help everyone who cares about native woods
Better communication to boost understanding of native woods
Better training to increase skills for people working in woods
Better links to other woodlands
That is all part of what Core Forest Sites has aimed to achieve
All the woods included in the project are Special places. That’s with a capital ‘S’. By taking stock of Scotland’s native woodlands and comparing them with the wider picture in the UK and in Europe, many Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) have been identified. All the Core Forest sites are SACs. That makes them part of the Europe-wide ‘Natura’ network.
There are three kinds of woods in the project:
Oakwoods, mostly near mainland Scotland’s Atlantic rim
Gorge woodlands rich in ash and wych elm
Woods in wet places, such as rivers, where alder and ash thrive
Together, these three kinds of woodlands form the major part of the UK’s surviving broadleaved forest types. So it is important to secure their future in Scotland.
Centres and surrounds
Our aim has been to make the Core Forest Sites
centres for the variety of life (‘biodiversity’)
centres for demonstrating how best to care for these kinds of woods
and centres which can be like hubs in wider forest networks, allowing connections far beyond their protected boundaries