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In 1994, Chris Badenoch reported that the ancient semi-natural woodlands of Tweeddale covered 0.06% of the land area, "..a figure which compares closely to that of Caithness, surely the bleakest place in Scotland…".
Although 18% of the land area of the Scottish Borders is covered by plantation woodland, the regional local biodiversity action plan (LBAP) woodland working group were conscious of the minute proportion of native woodland (estimated at 1355 ha – 0.3% of the land area).
This pilot study, undertaken to demonstrate the impact of the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme rules and provide an initial exploration of focal species modelling, was completed in 2003.
The initial work on the development of a forest habitat network (FHN) for the Scottish Borders was tied closely to the rules of the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme (SFGS). In mimicking the rules of the SFGS, the main aims of the project were to assess the contribution, spatial extent and type of native woodland expansion that could occur, and what it's impact might be on the existing Borders landscape.
This research was funded by:
Forestry Commission (Scotland)
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Borders Council
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