Marine Scotland

It’s all about… fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands

March 31, 2017 by No Comments | Category Collaborations, Marine Scotland Science

The latest edition of the Scotland’s Environment web have been published and the theme – It’s all about… fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands – is about celebrating and raising awareness of the importance of forests of all types. And with 18% of land in Scotland covered by woodland, and our forests contributing significantly to the wellbeing of our economy, wildlife and our own lives, we certainly have good cause to celebrate. And that’s why it’s needed two editions!

Did you know that Marine Scotland Science freshwater colleagues also have an interest in trees though? Water temperature (Tw) is important for the growth, production and survival of freshwater fish and there is understandable concern over rising temperatures due to climate change. Under certain circumstances, bankside trees can reduce high temperatures providing management options however, fisheries and river managers first need information on where rivers are hottest, where temperatures will increase most and where bankside tree planting would be most beneficial.

Want to read more? Excellent! We’ve produced a topic sheet about the work we’re doing through the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN).

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