In areas where the ground is permanently or seasonally waterlogged,
woodlands dominated by alder, willow and birch tend to occur. These
wet woodlands, often surrounding bogs or along the margins of rivers
and lochs, are usually very restricted in extent.
- The areas where these woods occur, particularly
along rivers, may be constantly changing. As the ground consolidates
and becomes less waterlogged, the woodland gradually matures, with species
such as oak and ash gradually taking over. Conversely, where new waterlogged
ground opens up as the river deposits new sandbanks, the wet woodlands
- Wet woodlands can play an important role in helping
to control riverbank erosion.
- Strips of wet woodland serve as important 'wildlife
corridors' in areas where few other trees are growing. They also provide
an important habitat for riverine species such as otters, kingfishers
What to find in a wet woodland