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Plantlife - Pinewood plants and fungi workshop, Coire Loch, Glen Affric Forest, Inverness-shire

7th October

Plantlife are running a workshop in Glen Affric on 7th October on managing Caledonian pinewoods with wild plants and fungi in mind. There will be an indoor presentation first of all in Cannich Hall, then down to the Dog Falls car park for a hike up to the Coire Loch. Three experts will be on hand to talk about the biology and management needs of wildflowers, lichens and fungi. This event is free of charge, just bring your own lunch.

Scotland’s pinewoods are unique: although pinewoods are found globally, the Scot’s Pine woodlands in the north of Scotland are greatly influenced by proximity to the ocean and are particularly important for the wild plants they support.

Unfortunately pinewoods with a rich ground flora are becoming fragmented and isolated from each other, and many wild woodland flowers and lichens are having a difficult time surviving. Changing management practices also affect the fungi that live in woodlands which provide an essential but unseen recycling service.

Davie Black, Conservation Co-ordinator for Plantlife Scotland said: “These fantastically rich pine woodlands are rightly recognised as one of the natural wonders of Scotland. It is the history of traditional management that has kept them so - until recently. Changes in forest markets and management have altered the way the woodlands are managed, and many of the wild plants, like Twinflower, are struggling to survive. This workshop for land managers, and anyone with an interest in the natural history of the Caledonian Pinewood, will look at how to fit the needs of wild plants and fungi into woodland management practices.”

Run by Plantlife Scotland as part of their Back from the Brink conservation programme, along with expert advisors in woodland wildflowers, lichens and fungi, participants will be able to get out into a wonderful pine woodland and look at old-growth areas, maturing plantations, track edges, and find out about options to maintain and improve the natural wild plants and fungi while managing for the timber crop.

If you are interested in managing your Scot’s pine woodland to improve the habitat for wildflowers, lichens and fungi then you can get more information or book your place on this workshop by calling Plantlife Scotland on 07760 882205, or email

Attached File: Flyer Glen Affric (1).pdf
  Plantlife - Pinewood plants and fungi workshop, Coire Loch, Glen Affric Forest, Inverness-shire
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