Dis­tinc­tive plants

World of Animals - - Wildlife Of The Caledonian Forest -

Scot’s pine

Scot’s pines are the flag­ship tree species of the Cale­do­nian For­est but are also one of the world’s most com­mon pine species. The trees are evergreen, can reach heights of up to 35 me­tres (114.8 feet) and live for sev­eral cen­turies. Many species rely on these trees for shel­ter or food.


This eas­ily iden­ti­fied na­tive Scot­tish plant has two small pink bell-shaped flow­ers on the end of each stalk. Due to habi­tat loss it is now only found at 50 sites, mainly in the Cairn­gorms. The flow­ers are im­por­tant sources of nec­tar for in­sects such as hov­er­flies and soli­tary bees.


Ju­niper is a small tree or bush that is com­mon through­out much of the world but has de­clined due to habi­tat loss in many ar­eas of the UK, in­clud­ing the Cale­do­nian For­est. The berries or fo­liage are eaten by a wide range of an­i­mals such as red deer, rabbits and many species of in­sects.

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