Wistman's Wood

January, 2024

Wistman’s Wood makes up a fragment of the once abundant temperate rainforest that grows across the western seaboard of the UK. Atlantic rainforest is now a globally rare habitat covering just 1% of the Earth’s surface, but can still be found along the northwest coast of the United States and Canada, the southern edge of Chile, Japan and Korea, Tasmania and New Zealand, and the Atlantic fringes of western Europe.

These regions are wet and mild enough for plants to grow on other plants. Here is a map of the UK showing the zone that temperate rainforest once grew and the rainforest fragments still growing today: https://map.lostrainforestsofbritain.org/

Photographer: Max Leighton
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