Species Champions: Oak

Oaks are arguably the most iconic and best loved of all the native British trees. Oaks are large broad leaved trees with easily identifiable lobed leaves. They support more wildlife than any other native tree. Oak woodlands provide a habitat for hundreds of species of insects and birds. In autumn, falling acorns provide an important food source for woodland mammals.

Action Needed

  1. Promote wider understanding of tree disease issues and the importance of biosecurity.
  2. Raise awareness of Acute Oak decline and encourage reporting of suspected cases through Tree Alert –
  3. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.
  4. Support increased native tree planting and ensure Scottish Government is on track with its 15,000 ha of new woodland planting by 2025.


British oak trees are threatened by Acute oak decline (AOD). AOD is a complex decline disease involving a number of bacterial species. The disease causes rapid decline and can kill infected trees within 5- 6 years.

MSP Species Champion

Monica Lennon

Member for: Central Scotland

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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