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The National Forest Estate covers nearly 9% of Scotland’s total land area. But did you know that despite its name, less than two-thirds is actually forest?

It's made up of a rich tapestry of amazingly diverse habitats, from globally important native woodland and rare mountain scrub to thriving rivers and lochs.

Caledonian pine forest

Together, these habitats help create an internationally renowned landscape that is not only great to look at but is also home to a wide variety of important and iconic wildlife.

We’re committed to enhancing or conserving the land we manage and to tackling the things that threaten them.

Our key habitats

Aspen woodlandWoodland

From remnants of the great Caledonian pine forest to newly planted timber plantations.

Woodland

 

Wildflower meadowOpen habitats

About a third of the land we manage is open ground, providing a diverse range of habitats for a huge number of species.

Open habitats

 

River at GarveWater courses

In the past, poor forestry practices sometimes upset fragile aquatic ecosystems. New forestry practices are helping us restore this important habitat.

Water courses

 
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