Read about the Perthshire Conifer Conservation Programme's expeditions to collect seeds from and help conserve some of the world's most threatened conifer species in their native countries.

Chile – 2017

Fundo Lenca is a remarkable Fitzroya forest © Martin Gardner

Who

Highlights

  • Seed collections taken from a range of conifer species, including Chilean Plum Yew (Prumnopitys andina)
  • Discovered two previously unknown populations of the Chilean Plum Yew (Prumnopitys andina)
  • Visited two private reserves of Monkey puzzle, including a community owned biological corridor and the privately owned Nassampulli reserve
  • Observed the ongoing impact of dam-building in the Chilean Andes, which is part of a drive to supply clean, more affordable energy

For further information, read ‘New discoveries and collections made on Chilean conservation trip’.

 

Bhutan – 2016

Tsenden tree climbing

Tsenden cones

Giant Tsenden trunk from Bhutan 2016 expedition

Who

  • Neil McCheyne and David Gray from Benmore Botanic Garden, both horticulturalists and trained arboriculturists
  • Tom Christian, former PCCP Project Officer
  • Local officials in Dangchu Valley, Bhutan

Highlights

  • Developed a conservation programme for the Tsenden, or Himalayan Cypress, the Bhutan national and most valuable tree essential for construction and restoring sacred temples
  • Seed collections taken from numerous Tsenden trees
  • Established a community tree nursery to cultivate young trees in the Dangchu Valley
  • Established community plantations of Tsenden to create a sustainable timber supply for the future to relieve pressure on the natural forest
  • Surveyed the natural stands of Tsenden in Dangchu Valley to determine area, health, the extent of any regeneration, and to inform future management
  • Surveyed the natural stands of Tsenden in Dangchu Valley and data collection for other minor stands elsewhere in Bhutan to inform a national IUCN conservation assessment for Tsenden

For further information, read ‘Conserving Bhutan’s sacred tree’.

 

Morocco – 2015

Who

Highlights

  • Seed collections of the Moroccan fir (Abies pinsapo var. marocana) and Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) from native forests

Japan – 2013

Who

Highlights

  • Seed and specimen collections of rare and threatened Japanese conifers, including Japanese umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), Japanese Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga japonica), Koyama’s spruce (Picea koyamae) and Japanese bush spruce or Maximowicz’s spruce (Picea maximowiczii)

 

Chile – 2013

Cones of Chilean Plum Yew © Martin Gardner

Chilie Monkey Puzzles Picture

Who

Highlights

  • Seed collections from the threatened Chilean plum yew (Prumnopitys andina) from a valley which was due to be flooded as part of a hydro-electric scheme
  • Seed collections from other threatened conifers, including the ‘Ciprés de las Guaitecas’ (Pilgerodendron uviferum) and the Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides)
  • Looked at developing ways of working with local people to secure the long-term conservation of conifer populations