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Woodland on the Argyll Islands consists of:
Ravines are important for providing sheltered conditions which allow woodland to flourish despite the climate. The oceanic climate and the wide range of soil types result in a great diversity of native woodland types and often in rich assemblages of oceanic woodland ferns and lower plants.
Woodland is also restricted by the presence of mires and other wet soils which, combined with the wet and windy climate, effectively preclude tree growth. Exposure, poor soils and sometimes past management practices combine on some islands to give extensive areas without trees. On some islands agricultural activity is widespread and tree cover is restricted because of this.
This project provides information about native woodland expansion and restoration opportunities on the Argyll Islands to:
The network analysis for the Argyll Islands required:
The functional connectivity of existing networks indicated opportunities for their improvement, expansion, or linkage, and where to gain landscape-scale biodiversity benefit from converting coniferous stands to native broadleaved woodland:
This approach considered the importance of open ground habitats and ensured the targeting of land most suitable for woodland establishment. Land considered unsuitable for woodland and excluded from expansion and linkage opportunities included areas of high wind exposure, peat bog, and sites designated for conservation (e.g. wetland, geological, and aquatic habitats).
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