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      Biosphere Reserve Information

United Kingdom


© Photo: John Halliday
  General Description   Taynish Biosphere Reserve, located in south-west Scotland on the coast of Argyll, represents native mixed woodland, with wet and dry heath, grassland, and coastal ecosystems.
There is grazing of beef cattle and sheep in land adjacent and near to the biosphere reserve, with some controlled grazing carried out within the area. In the wider area, there is considerable coniferous forestry development, and fishing (including creels) and fish farming in the lochs. Natural harbors, such as Crinan, form a base for small-scale commercial boat trips and local and visiting private craft. The area has a significant amenity value to tourists.
Monitoring and research projects is a primary objective of the area’s management plan. A resource pack is issued to all local schools to encourage use of the area. A training service is provided for primary school teachers to encourage self sufficiency when using the biosphere reserve as a resource. Other training has been provided for specialists and land managers, forestry, and reserve staff.
Proposals made in the periodic review for extending this reserve to meet the Seville criteria are being considered.
  Major ecosystem type   Temperate broadleaf forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   56°00'N; 05°38'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   353
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   0 to +126
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Scottish Natural Heritage
  Brief description   Woodland regeneration
Deer management
Marsh fritillary butterfly
Cattle grazing
Primary management objective is to determine long term changes in extent, composition and structure of habitats and species of national and European interest
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Habitat.
  Biodiversity   Forest systems, invertebrates/insects/spiders, mammals, species inventorying/inventory.
  Socio-economic   Livestock and related impacts/Overgrazing.
  Integrated monitoring   Management issues.
  Contact address   John Halliday
Site Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage
1 Kilmory Industrial Estate - Kilmory, Lochgilphead
PA31 8RR Argyll - Scotland
United Kingdom
  Telephone   (44.1546) 603611
  Fax   (44.1546) 60.22.98

Last updated: 03/09/2010

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