Quest for Scotland’s Ancient Ice Age Pine Forests Commences

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The Caledonian pinewoods, home to wild Scots pines dating back to the last ice age, are at risk of being lost forever. With less than 2% of the original forest remaining, the Woodland Trust Scotland and Trees for Life are working to locate and restore lost wild pinewoods before it’s too late. These pinewoods are vital for supporting rare wildlife, but their recovery is hindered by overgrazing and other threats. The Wild Pine Project is using historical evidence to identify potential sites for restoration and establish their health and resilience. Once located, the charities will work to gain recognition and recover these lost pinewoods, which are a globally unique ecosystem. This effort is crucial as recent studies have shown that many of the known pinewoods are facing threats to their survival.

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