‘Lost world’ of rare species in Highlands’ forest

A forest in the Highlands holds a “lost world” of rare and endangered spiders, ants and flies, according the charity that owns the woodland.As reported by the BBC website.

Forres-based Trees for Life said surveys of the woods on its 10,000-acre Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston had uncovered a range of invertebrates.

Finds include strawberry spider, azure hawker dragonfly, juniper shield bug and blood red slave making ants.

Trees for Life bought the estate in a £1.6m deal in 2008.

The land includes some of the last stands of ancient Caledonian Forest.

Trees for Life said strawberry spider, scientific name araneus alsine, has only been recorded seven times in Scotland prior to it being found at Dundreggan.

The charity believed its forest could have the largest population of the spider in Scotland.

Juniper sawfly larvae. Pic: Alan Watson
Larva of monoctenus juniperi, a rare sawfly
found in the forest.

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