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The study area was defined by the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) Perth and Argyll, Conservancy boundary and Fife, with a 15 km external buffer (see map).
The area stretches from the wet Atlantic west coast to the dryer east coast, consisting of 6 six unitary council areas and comprising approximately 2,500,000 ha, of which over 520,000 ha is woodland. Much of the woodland is comprised of coniferous plantations located in the west, with areas of native Pinewood towards the east and broadleaved riparian woodland along valleys and around lochs.
In the study area:
Habitat network maps (below) show the potential extent of functional networks that can be incorporated into strategic plans for the region to reduce habitat fragmentation:
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