Rob Coope is the Black Wood Wildlife Ranger. He provided an overview of the conservation and ecology of the Black Wood. Making a case for the international value of the Caledonian forest ecological community. Rob described the biodiversity; the ecological inter relationships that he is responsible for. He described the community of woody plants and the herbaceous plants, the fungi, lichens and range of insects and creatures that make it an exemplary Caledonian forest. He discussed key plants and organisms as well as rare and endangered species on the site. He explained various issues, research initiatives and a range of past and present management actions. He is the primary advocate and front line manager with responsibility for the forest and its biodiversity.
Author Pammie Steele asked an important question “is the Black Wood big enough?” Rob explained that the existing 200 acres are a relic, big enough to hold a superb biodiversity assemblage. But in his opinion “Extending the Black Wood would be entirely beneficial and healthy prospect.”