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Temperate rainforest is a globally rare and internationally important habitat, found in south-west England and other upland and western parts of the UK. It is characterised by a rich diversity of lichen, moss and liverwort (bryophyte) species, and the UK's rainforest is home to many species for which we have a international responsibility to conserve. However the rainforests are challenged by immediate environmental and management issues which threaten the very existence of these species. At the same time, people are challenged by a lack of opportunity, information, skills and resources. This means the unique heritage is often undervalued, placing it at greater risk. The project focussed on tackling two connected threats, an under-appreciation of the woodlands' importance and a lack of understanding and specalist knowledge to manage and conserve them effectively. The project delivered a number of practical activites, upskilled land managers and volunteers, increased monitoring, created a Rainforest Hub and undertaken signficant outreach especially with local schools.


Building Resilience in South West Woodlands

A regional project to raise the profile of Temperate rainforests and deliver engagement and land management actions.

Start date:

1 November 2018

End date:

31 January 2023


National Lottery Heritage Fund


Plantlife (lead) / Tamar Valley AONB / Cornwall AONB / Exmoor National Park / Dartmoor National Park / National Trust / Natural England / Woodland Trust / South West Lakes Trust

Sessile oak woodland
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