Woodland habitats

Lochaber is renowned for its woodlands, particularly the oak and birchwoods, which are home to some of the best ‘Atlantic’ communities of mosses, liverworts, ferns and lichens in Europe. Key areas to find these are around Loch Sunart, Loch Moidart, Loch nan Uamha and Loch Shiel.

Woodlands that grow on a base of limestone, basalt and other base-rich rocks are dominated by ash, hazel and alder, while in the central glens you’ll see important remnants of the towering Scots pine woodland.

Wildlife found in Lochaber’s woodland habitats includes rare insects such as the chequered skipper, as well as rare mammals like the pine marten, wildcat and red squirrel.