Desires of restoration for Scotland’s rainforest given a lift


RSPB Scotland takes on stewardship of Glencripesdale nature reserve as a part of panorama broad plan to guard, restore and join Scotland’s remaining rainforest.

RSPB Scotland is “excited” to be taking up accountability for taking care of Glencripesdale, a former Nationwide Nature Reserve, situated on the tip of the Morvern Peninsula on the south shore of Loch Sunart following the sale of the positioning by NatureScot.

The wildlife conservation charity says it’s wanting ahead to working with the area people and native landowners to revive the woodland as a part of wider plans to revive rainforest throughout the Morvern peninsula that may carry advantages to uncommon species, local weather and native jobs.

Scotland’s rainforests are far much less well-known than their tropical counterparts. Nevertheless, they’re simply as particular when it comes to biodiversity and even rarer with simply 1% of the planet having appropriate circumstances for the habitat.

Crested Tit, copyright Glyn Sellors, from the surfbirds galleries

In good situation, one hectare of temperate rainforest can comprise as many as 200 species of lichen and 200 species of mosses and liverworts. In addition they help all kinds of bugs and birds together with some specialists equivalent to wooden warbler which are principally present in one of these woodland.

A lot of Scotland’s rainforest has been misplaced and the remnants are extremely fragmented and infrequently in want of restoration on account of impacts from invasive species equivalent to Rhododendron ponticum and stress from too many deer. Deer eat younger seedlings and might forestall pure regeneration. Tackling these challenges will be notably laborious in distant areas.

By way of the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest, RSPB Scotland and different organisations have shared goals to advertise, restore, and join Scotland’s rainforests. RSPB Scotland say that the Glencripesdale nature reserve is a big piece of the fragmented jigsaw and can play an essential position of their ambitions to work at a panorama scale to handle widespread challenges going through these woodlands.

Along with these challenges, Glencripesdale was traditionally a industrial woodland that means that many non-commercial species at the moment are lacking or their presence a lot decreased. RSPB Scotland will likely be planting or encouraging regeneration of timber and shrubs equivalent to aspen and holly to revive the pure variety in addition to increasing the woodland again to its pure limits.

Dave Beaumont, RSPB Scotland’s Operations Director for South Scotland, mentioned: “We’re excited to carry Glencripesdale underneath RSPB Scotland possession and to sort out among the points going through this particular woodland. We might want to take away invasive non-native species equivalent to rhododendron together with Sitka spruce and scale back the impression of deer on tree regeneration. We don’t underestimate the problem that this will likely be in such a distant space. We’re grateful for the help of native folks and the Sunart and Morvern Neighborhood Councils and are wanting ahead to working with them and native contractors to handle this essential woodland and assist to revive its former extent and worth for wildlife. We hope this may kick begin a a lot larger restoration mission throughout the entire of Morvern serving to to revive Scotland’s rainforest on a panorama scale.”

Chris Donald, NatureScot’s Head of Operations for Central Highland, mentioned: “Scotland’s historic woodlands are small, fragmented and failing to thrive. Promoting our land at Glencripesdale to RSPB Scotland is an distinctive alternative for NatureScot to help a serious landscape-scale restoration mission, as we work ambitiously with companions throughout all sectors to reverse the biodiversity disaster and shield 30% of Scotland’s nature by 2030.

“As we try for a way forward for nature networks throughout Scotland, this internationally essential western oak woodland, prized by RSPB Scotland as a website for the Saving Morven’s Rainforest restoration mission and the broader Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest, presents an instance of what’s attainable by means of evidence-based administration of our pure websites.

“With neighborhood involvement on the centre of the RSPB Scotland’s goals for the positioning, their sturdy monitor report in managing land for ecological restoration and enhancement has the potential to herald vital extra assets for the reserve’s long-term future.”

Glencripesdale nature reserve is a distant place with no public street to the reserve and a 4 mile stroll or cycle to the closest carpark. Guests wishing to expertise Scotland’s rainforest extra simply are inspired to go to different woodlands within the space together with RSPB Scotland Glenborrodale nature reserve which has a small carpark, a rugged nature path and summer time guided walks.

Yow will discover out extra in regards to the landscape-scale mission “Saving Morvern’s Rainforest” at


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