Work to save twinflower commended at Holyrood
It is an iconic plant found in the Cairngorms – but it is at risk of extinction.
Now work to preserve the twinflower has been commended in the Scottish Parliament.
In Scotland, twinflower is found only in Caledonian Pinewoods as an indicator of ancient or longestablished pinewoods.
It reproduces very slowly, is unable to spread quickly into new habitats and is generally restricted to areas of ancient pinewood.
The Cairngorms Rare Plants Project, launched in 2010, aimed to deliver urgently-needed action and was a partnership between the CNPA, Scottish Natural Heritage and Aberdeen University.
North East region Scottish Conservative MSP Bill Bowman is the species champion and has argued for greater protection of the flower.
Mr Bowman said during a Holyrood debate: “The twinflower is one of Scotland’s most iconic wildflowers and often seen as an emblem of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian forests.
“However, it is under threat and work has been undertaken to ensure that the Cairngorms National Park is a stronghold for the remaining population.
“The species has no special legal protection, so twinflower’s future in Scotland is directly linked to the future of the Caledonian Pinewoods.”
Glen Derry, Glen Lui and Glen Quoich are three areas where Caledonian Pinewood recovery will be concentrated.
This project aims to save these remnant pinewoods and over the next two years Trees for Life will work with landowners to promote their better management.