Trust signs up to Celtic rainforest initiative

Atlantic Woodland Alliance to conserve Scotland’s Celtic rainforest

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The John Muir Trust has signed up to the Atlantic Woodland Alliance, an initiative funded by Woodland Trust Scotland which aims to address the key threats to Scotland’s west coast Atlantic temperate woodlands – a unique habitat of ancient and native trees, birds, insects, rare plants, fungi, crags, ravines, gorges and open glades – often referred to as the Celtic rainforest.

Joint action to protect Atlantic woodland includes reducing grazing pressures, clearing invasive species, monitoring disease and expanding the area of native woodland.

Seven John Muir Trust properties, including those on Skye; Knoydart; Lochaber and in Assynt are within the Atlantic woodland zone an area of the very highest conservation importance.

Mike Daniels, the Trust’s head of land management said: “Saving our rainforests is a global conservation priority. Few people realise that rainforests aren’t just in the tropics – Scotland’s Celtic rainforests are a Cinderella habitat. It is vital that we work with partners in this coalition to ensure their long-term survival and enhancement in Scotland, including on the land that we manage on behalf of our members and local communities.”