Conservation and environment
Thousands of plants and animals make their home on Scotland's National Forest Estate, from icons such as golden eagles and red deer to some of the rarest plant species in the UK.
We place sustainable forest and land management at the heart of everything we do. As well as planting trees and producing timber, we're also enhancing and conserving important habitats, protecting threatened wildlife and preserving sites of archaeological interest.
The forests, open land and watercourses that we manage form a rich tapestry of diverse habitats that are home to a wide variety of important and iconic wildlife.
As well as conserving their habitats, we also take action to protect the varied and vulnerable wildlife that makes the National Forest Estate its home.
Just as we care for the natural environment, we are responsible for looking after historic landscapes that contain many sites of archaeological interest.
Action for the environment
Action for the Environment on the National Forest Estate (PDF) presents our work over the last five years to protect and conserve priority habitats, tackle invasive species, monitor key species and record the historic environment.
This ongoing work supports the delivery of both the Scottish Government’s 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity and Our Place in Time: the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland.
How to deliver better wildlife viewing experiences
Many visitors to our forests and other countryside sites enjoy seeing wildlife. For some people, this can be the main reason for visiting. However, providing good wildlife viewing opportunities can be challenging.
Nothing to See Here: delivering better wildlife viewing experiences (PDF 2.3MB) offers guidance to anyone managing wildlife viewing facilities. We hope you find it useful.
Strategy, policy and guidance
If you're looking for information about conservation and environment for all of Scotland's forests – including practical guidance for forest and woodland managers and local communities – visit our policy and guidance pages: