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Roots to Shoots Project

Roots to Shoots has engaged with communities, school groups and others across Scotland to raise awareness of the importance of our woodland invertebrates.

Woodlands have a rich diversity of invertebrates, such as wood ants, pine hoverfly and longhorn beetles that interact for the benefit of each other and the woodland itself. Woodlands (and their invertebrates) are important for us too, as they do jobs such as locking up greenhouse gases, flood management, enhancing biodiversity and providing an important place for human recreation and sources of employment.


Across Scotland, there has been a decline in ancient and native woodland. Many species, such as the Narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta) that are supported by these habitats have experienced significant declines in their population. Unfortunately for the Narrow-headed ant, this species is now classed as Endangered and is Scottish Biodiversity List species.


Roots to Shoots, has engaged with communities across Scotland to raise awareness on the importance of woodlands for invertebrates and how these habitats can be better managed. This has been achieved through talks, walks and workshops. Additionally, this project launched two new citizen science projects on wood ants and longhorn beetles with the hopes of increasing our knowledge of the whereabouts of these invertebrates to ensure their conservation.

Roots to Shoots was funded and supported by the Scottish Natural Heritage 


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