When people say that spotting wildlife is one of the best things about visiting Scotland’s woodlands, there’s usually one animal that’s top of their list...


However, as well as the iconic red squirrel, there are many other rare and exciting mammals on the National Forest Estate, such as the endangered Scottish wild cat.

We do our best to look after them all – and the special places where they live.

That includes putting wildlife first when we’re working in the forest, restoring all kinds of important habitats and having specific conservation plans for key species.

For example, red deer management can be controversial but is important for a whole variety of plants and animals, while the re-introduction of water voles is one of our big success stories.

Elsewhere, providing viewing opportunities for otters, seals and European beaver, as well as red deer and red squirrel, is a great way for us to raise awareness of conservation issues.

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