Scotland’s Native Woodlands: a learning resource for Senior Phase Environmental Science
This resource enables environmental science teachers and pupils to access and interpret the results of the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS).
The NWSS was a comprehensive survey of Scotland’s native woodlands carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland. It looks at native woodland as a dynamic habitat. Human induced change in the past has marked the history of native woodland and will continue to do so in the future, always against a background of wider environmental changes including habitat fragmentation, disease, invasive plants and climate change. Data from the NWSS allows us to look at the impact of these changes in detail.
This resource explains the mapping and survey methods used and introduces the skills required for data interpretation, tree identification and fieldwork. There are activities and questions to develop and test understanding throughout.