The importance of protecting Wales’ Celtic Rainforests

Temperate rainforest, also known as Atlantic or Celtic rainforest, is an incredibly rare habitat, and even thought to be more threatened than tropical rainforest. One of the most biodiverse habitats found in the UK. The high humidity and low temperature range create the perfect conditions for moisture-loving lichens and bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

These special ecosystems have flourished for at least the last 400 years, but since the 20th century, Wales' ancient oak rainforests are under threat thanks to invasive species and neglect.

21 March is International Day of Forests so why not find out more about these amazing habitats from the Woodland Trust here