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Scotland’s Rainforests

In episode two of this Natural Capital Series we discuss and raise the awareness about Scotland’s Rainforests.  What are Scotland’s rainforests, why are they special, what are the threats and how do we look after them? Recorded on site at Taynish National Nature Reserve with Helen Bibby Senior Conservation Consultant SAC Consulting and Stan Phillips from NatureScot.

Helen Bibby is a Senior Conservation Consultant with SAC Consulting based in Oban, Argyll. Her work focuses on management advice to famers, crofters and other land managers to support farming and biodiversity. This is a varied job and ranges from grant scheme advice to best practice information to support different species and habitats as well as raising awareness on the importance of Biodiversity within the farmed landscape.

Stan Phillips is an Operations Officer for NatureScot based in Argyll.  His work includes biodiversity management advice to landowners and land managers, particularly those on designated sites, many of which are woodlands.  Stan is involved in a number of projects for Scottish rainforest, the restoration and enhancement of which could neatly help address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Earth’s soils, rocks, air, water, plants and animals are all valuable resources that provide a wide range of services and benefits. These resources need to be carefully managed and maintained to support a healthy functioning environment. In this Natural Capital podcast series, hosted by Rachel Smillie we will explore different natural capital assets and their value to Scottish agriculture and the rural economy, including the opportunities and risks for the future.

Hosted by Rachel Smillie, produced by Iain Boyd, editor Ross Mackenzie, executive producer Kerry Hammond.



Scotland’s National priority species : 2:55 – 3:45
What are Scottish rainforests, do we have rainforests? : 3:50 – 10:00
What makes our rainforest so special? : 10:08 – 13:25
Measure to protect and pressures on Scottish rainforest : 18:08 – 28:00
Farming benefits, looking after and managing rainforests : 28:01 – 35:03

Related FAS Resources

Scotland’s National Priority Species:

Land Management for Scottish Atlantic Rainforests | Information helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

FAS Sounds:

FAS Environment Pages:

Other Related Resources

Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest:

Follow Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest on Twitter: @ASRainforest

Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest farmer on Mull video:

Taynish Nature Reserve:

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