Most of the Park’s trees have been planted by people over the last 400 years, but the wildlife don’t seem to mind.The oakwoods that line many of our lochs and rivers were planted to provide wood for tanning and smelting, sometimes on top of existing woodlands. The conifer plantations that cloak many of our hills are still felled for timber. Yet they also offer food and shelter for many of our best loved animals and plants.
Perhaps not surprisingly many of the animals that choose to live here are shy and secretive. Look out for their tracks and signs – footprints, scats, and song, for example - when you walk through the woods. You may be rewarded by a glimpse of red squirrels, pine martens, or deer, or hear wood warblers and redstarts up in the tree canopy. Go in spring and what you are sure to see in the oakwoods is a carpet of wildflowers – bluebells, violets or wood anemones – taking advantage of the light before the leaves close in.
The list below will introduce you to some of the wildlife to be found in the Park’s forest and woodland habitats. There are also links to other websites where you can find out more.