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Lowland broadleaved woodlands

These woodlands, which only account for about 2% of Scotland's native woods, are mainly composed of oak, ash and sometimes wych elm. Birch, hazel and rowan are often common in the underlayer. Other non-native species such as beech, sycamore and sweet chestnut may be found.

  • Generally speaking, these woodlands are more species-rich than their upland counterparts.
  • Some are very ancient, having been managed for hundreds if not thousands of years. They can be relatively rich in species.
  • On more well-drained alkaline soils, these woods are typically composed of ash, wych elm and sycamore. On deeper, more acidic soils, they are often dominated by oak (sometimes with silver birch).
What to find in a lowland broadleaved wood

Cep

Beech

Hazel

Sweet chestnut

Oak

Ash

Birch

Nettle

Blackberry

Wild raspberry

Squirrel

Pheasant

 

Beech and oak