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Beech and sycamore in Scotland's native woods - a way forward?

Abstract

This paper discusses the impact of beech, regardless of whether it is native in Scotland, on the country's native woods and whether the addition of this species would result in a net overall gain or loss of biodiversity. The paper also describes sycamore being a non-native species and that it colonizes the woodlands posing threat to biodiversity value and integrity. It is suggested that managers should assess the actual regeneration occurring on site, bearing in mind that management to remove existing sycamore trees may create disturbance that favours increased regeneration.