Thanks to Ben Mitchell (seen here in a sea of garlic) for taking amazing images of the flora, fungi and slime moulds to be found in Ferry Wood. Also thanks to Stan, Ndurie and Carl for compiling plant lists for the site. To see Ben’s close-ups look up Ferry Wood on Facebook.
They confirm Ferry Wood as a precious part of the now-fragmented Celtic Rainforest, which in Scotland runs north up the west coast from Kintyre all the way to Cape Wrath.
I live in the Celtic rainforest bioregion (which also exists in western Ireland and the Galician coast of Spain). The rare lichens, bryophytes, ferns and fungi that flourish in this moist, cool environment form amazing assemblages in our precious woods, coverings rocks, outcrops, cliffs, gullies, ravines and trees.
Perhaps one day we will be able to link up our fragmented woods to form a thriving, continuous and biodiverse coastal region.
A vision worth pursuing…