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The study area, defined by the Unitary Authority boundaries (see map on right) with a 5km buffer applied to the external boundary, is approximately 1.5 million hectares (20,200ha of the area is in England).
The following UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority woodland types occur in south west Scotland:
The river, gorge and riparian networks contain the main wooded areas of the Clyde Valley, whilst Dumfries & Galloway contains important examples of old sessile oak woodland and Tilio-Acerion forest.
This study focused on the broadleaved woodland components as the priority woodland habitats for the conservation of woodland biodiversity within the context of the wider forest landscape.
In south west Scotland, identify:
Broadleaved woodland networks of high biodiversity quality were identified:
The results indicate opportunities for woodland improvement when laid above non-qualified broadleaved woodland networks:
Improving the biodiversity quality of existing woodland:
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