and flush woods are generally widespread in Europe,
but especially in the more intensively agricultural
and long-settled lowlands they are much reduced in size,
often just narrow strips or lines of trees.
Much of the true alluvial forest in the UK has disappeared
as a result of tree clearance from the fertile soils of river
floodplains. The surviving fragments often occur in association
with other woodland types or other wetland habitats such as
fens or swamps.
Conon Islands and the Lower River Spey are the two Wet
Woods Restoration Project sites supporting this habitat.
They are both candidate Special Areas of Conservation,
specifically selected as two of the very best remaining
examples of floodplain woodland in the UK. There are
a total of 34 cSACs selected for this habitat across
the UK - to find out more, visit the website of the
Nature Conservation Committee.