The Lost Rainforests of Britain campaign today (21/10/22) launches a new map revealing the extent of Britain’s surviving fragments of temperate rainforest.
The map can be viewed at https://map.lostrainforestsofbritain.org.
The different layers show:
- Britain’s rainforest zone – where the climate is sufficiently rainy and mild for temperate rainforest to thrive; a region covering around 20% of Britain. This was constructed using an ‘index of hygrothermy’ to show gradations of climate, with lighter blues showing an ‘oceanic’ climate and darker blues and purples denoting a ‘hyper-oceanic’ climate. More details in our metholodogy document below.
- Britain’s rainforest fragments – where we believe to be Britain’s surviving fragments of temperate rainforest. This shows that rainforests today cover less than 1% of Britain.
- Mosses, liverworts, lichens – you can switch these layers on and off to show public records of different species of mosses, liverworts and lichens that are considered to be good indicators of temperate rainforest.
Because the maps are displaying large amounts of data, they may load quite slowly, depending on the browser and Operating System you are running. If you are experiencing issues, you may wish to try opening the maps in a different web browser.
Posted On: 21/10/2022