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SNH Research Report 1157 - The effect of clearing invasive Rhododendron ponticum on the native plant community of Atlantic oak woodland

Rhododendron ponticum is widely recognised as one of the most problematic non-native invasive species currently threatening Scottish biodiversity. By forming extensive, single-species stands it effectively excludes native plant communities from their natural habitats and has been identified as posing a particular threat to Atlantic oak woodlands, which are of high conservation value due to their rich bryophyte and lichen communities. This report summarises the main findings from a PhD project investigating site recovery following the removal of invasive R. ponticum from Atlantic oak woodland sites across the West coast of Scotland.

Pages: 36
Published: 2019

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