Scotland's environment supports a wide and diverse range of species, and consists of a complex mosaic of habitats which makes up our rich and varied landscape.
The 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s biodiversity made a commitment to produce a “comprehensive map of Scotland’s main habitats”.
Scotland is renowned worldwide as being a place of outstanding natural beauty. We owe that reputation to the diverse range of Scotland’s biodiversity – plants, animals, and habitats. Scotland’s nature can, and does, inspire our people. We owe our own well-being to our biodiversity and it’s vital that we all play our part in safeguarding it and reducing the threats facing it.
Scotland’s woodlands and forests support a wide range of important plants and animals. While rare and threatened species are often found in higher densities in and around semi-natural woodlands, plantation woodland (both broadleaved and conifer) also has a role to play in supporting Scotland’s wildlife.