We need a plan to recover nature in Scotland

Small pearl bordered fritillary

Small pearl bordered fratilllary butterfly credit: John Bridges / WTML

We must act to help Scotland's woods, trees and wildlife recover

Thriving, rich and diverse native woodland habitats are essential to nature’s recovery. 

Around 2% of Scotland is covered with ancient woodland, but 43% of this has been degraded by plantations. 

Only 3% of all native woodland in Scotland is in good condition. 

But proper care can bring degraded woods back to life. With protection, restoration, and reconnection our Glen Finglas site has transformed from a neglected landscape into a haven for wildlife in 25 years. The site is flourishing and has seen the return of black grouse, beavers and golden eagle. 

We know that a robust and ambitious strategy, with native trees at its centre, could lead to nature’s recovery across Scotland. 

Respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation to demand clear targets for Scotland’s woods, trees and nature:

  • Protect: the threats faced by our native woods must be addressed. Ancient and veteran trees - our living legends - must be protected. 
  • Restore: 9% of all native woodlands to be in good condition by 2030, reaching 25% by 2045 and no ancient woodland to be in a critical condition by 2030.
  • Expand: native woodland covers 7% of land area by 2030 and 10% by 2045.
Respond to the consultation and show your support for a robust new Scottish Biodiversity Strategy 
Raise your voice to secure a robust biodiversity strategy 


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The Scottish Government needs to take decisive action to halt biodiversity decline in Scotland. Our natural world desperately needs action. You can help. 

Ask Government to set clear targets to protect, restore and expand native woodland habitats. 

Personalise our template response below to include why you want to see a Scotland rich in native woods and trees. You could even add your own example, big or small, of somewhere you’ve seen nature bounce back after targeted action. 

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