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Roots to Shoots Project

Roots to Shoots is a new Buglife Scotland project that will engage with communities, school groups and others across Scotland to raise awareness of the importance of our woodland invertebrates.

Ancient woodland is one of the most iconic and diverse habitats to be found in Scotland. Our 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.

Narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta) (c) BSCG

Narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta) (c) BSCG

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 considered a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) species.

Roots to Shoots, aims to engage with communities to raise the awareness on the importance of woodlands in Scotland and how these habitats can be better managed for invertebrates. This will be achieved during talks, walks and workshops as well as school visits across Scotland. Additionally, this project will launch 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.

If you want to know more about this project and how to get involved please contact Gabrielle Flinn or call the Stirling Office on 01786 447504.

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

 

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