Fall into nature with Plantlife: Saving our rainforests – an introduction to UK temperate rainforest and its management

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Climatic conditions in western parts of the British Isles creates pockets of particularly rich temperate rainforest, which is a globally rare habitat with international importance for lichens, mosses and liverworts. Like other woodland in the UK it suffers from fragmentation, under-management and the impacts of tree disease. Healthier woods are likely to be more resilient to the effects of these threats and others such as air pollution and climate change. In this session you will learn more about this habitat and the plants it supports. You will understand the issues that threaten its health and learn how to establish how healthy a wood is as a first step towards better management.


Dr Alison Smith loves all thing woodland. Her doctorate is in forest ecology and what she can’t tell you about a liverwort frankly isn’t worth knowing. Alison is Plantlife’s Lead Community Scientist (job share) and spends her time developing skills in others so that they can work alongside her to save our rainforests.  

Kate Hind has immersed herself in the world of bryophytes since joining Plantlife as Lead Community Scientist (job share). Kate’s passion’s lie in giving others the confidence to not just explore the more obscure plants that live in our rainforests, but share their knowledge with others too.  

Plantlife relies on its members and donors. This event is free but if you would like to donate to support our work you can add an optional donation. The more you give, the more plants we can save. Thank you.   

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Wed 20th Oct 2021
10:00am BST
120 mins