RSPB launches bid to save Scotland's rainforests


RSPB Scotland has taken control of a Highland nature reserve in a plan to protect and restore Scotland's rainforests.

Glencripesdale sits at the tip of the Morvern Peninsula on the south shore of Loch Sunart. The former National Nature Reserve was sold to the wildlife conservation group by NatureScot.

Wood Warbler can be found in the Glencripesdale nature reserve (Andrew Kinghorn).

The charity said it was looking forward to working with the local community and landowners to restore the woodland. The Glencripesdale nature reserve is a remote place with no public road to the reserve and a 5 km walk or cycle to the nearest car park.

Dave Beaumont, RSPB Scotland's operations director for South Scotland, said the charity would now need to remove invasive non-native species, such as rhododendron, and attempt to reduce the impact of deer on tree regeneration.

It will also plant or encourage the regeneration of trees and shrubs, such as aspen and holly, to restore the natural diversity. Mr Beaumont added: "We do not underestimate the challenge that this will be in such a remote area.

"We are grateful for the support of local people and the Sunart and Morvern Community Councils and are looking forward to working with them and local contractors to manage this important woodland and help to restore its former extent and value for wildlife."