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Exploring the Caledonian pinewood

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)Last month we linked to Part 1 of a report on a visit to a surviving fragment of Scotland’s once extensive pine forest. Ashley has since added a Part 2 and Part 3. His photos give a good flavor of the landscape.

Heather, bilberry (blaeberry) and juniper form the shrub storey while Scots pine forms a rather open canopy, with a few downy birches for company. Other trees I saw in the Ryvoan Pass, but in miniscule numbers, were willow, rowan, holly and alder.

Visit to a remnant of the great Caledonian Forest

Scots pine in the Ryvoan Pass, ScotlandAsh at Treeblog.co.uk reports on a visit to Caledonian pinewood in Ryvoan Pass, Glenmore, sharing photos of magnificent Scots pine, a bit of info on the Forest, and a brief 20th-century history of the Glenmore remnant.

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