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How we can help solitary bees

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Around 270 species of bees are found in the UK, with nearly 90% solitary species. Some that can be seen in Scotland include the red mason bee, common ...

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Return of the beaver

Monday, 30 October 2023

Beavers were designated as a European Protected Species in May 2019 and are making a comeback in Scotland. Since 2009, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has been hosting the Scottish Beaver Trial, which saw beavers reintroduced to our Knapdale Forest as part of a scientific trial. In recent years, beavers have spread from another population in Tayside and are increasing their range in Scotland. ...

Heritage in Tay Forest Park

Tuesday, 17 October 2023

Trails through time The history of Highland Perthshire is written across the woodlands of Tay Forest Park. You’ll find ancient hilltop forts, ruined farmsteads, military bridges and Victorian follies – and you can trace the fascinating story of the birth of Scottish forestry here. Our trees tell a story A ‘model forest’ was planted in the 19th century at Faskally and young foresters lea...

Glentress Masterplan: Frequently Asked Questions

Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Visitors will see many changes at Glentress as part of the Masterplan development. If you have any questions about the work, you can email them to our South Region office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakb55e8ede4de59af26593f657dc905e2a').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 't...

Summer in the forest

Monday, 19 June 2017

The evenings are longer, the sun even makes an occasional appearance and the smell of barbecue is in the air - it must be summer! Make the most of the good weather with our round up of activities and ideas. Budget-friendly fun for the family Summer doesn't need to be expensive with these child friendly activities. Holiday activities on a budget   Cool off in the loch (or sea!) ...

Walking in Tay Forest Park

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Towering trees and spectacular views The trails through Tay Forest Park are wonderfully varied and a joy to explore at any time of the year. With soaring trees and a rich mix of woodland species, there’s plenty of wildlife to spot. And the autumn colours here are particularly breath-taking. Wander through some wonderful woods For gentle rambles for all the family, choose Faskally, the foreste...

Heritage in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Argyll Forest Park has a special place in the history of Scottish forestry. The Forestry Commission took on its first tract of land in Scotland when it leased part of Glenbranter in 1921. At the time, the estate laird was Sir Harry Lauder, one of Britain’s most popular entertainers. In the village cemetery there’s a poignant memorial to Sir Harry’s son, who was killed in the First World War...

Car parking

Monday, 26 April 2021

We have over 300 car parks. We charge for parking at some of these car parks to help maintain our facilities and look after the forests and wildlife. Blue badge holders park free at all our car parks. You can find out more by reading our Charge Parking terms and conditions (PDF). Terms and conditions for the Glentress car park are available here (PDF). Car Parking Frequently Asked Que...

Wildlife in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wildlife is everywhere. Red squirrels scrabble their way across the branches, and pine marten lurk in the darkness of the forest. Crossbills crack pine cones in the tree tops. Over the moorland hen harriers glide softly, hunting for prey, and black grouse chortle. If you’re very lucky you might spot a golden eagle high in the sky, but buzzards are more common! Here are some of our top wildlife ...

Phytophthora ramorum

Friday, 25 September 2020

Phytophthora ramorum is a tree disease that affects larch trees. It has been prevalent in south west Scotland for many years with sporadic outbreaks elsewhere in the country. It can’t be eradicated. The only way to slow the rate of spread is to fell the infected trees and those surrounding them. Felling operations and site closures are ongoing in order to remove affected trees and reduce the ri...

Walking in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll through peaceful woods or a stiff climb to a thrilling summit, you’re spoilt for choice at Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Fun for the family There are family-friendly trails from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, including a magical meander to a waterfall and wildlife hide. Follow the Three Lochs Forest Drive to lovely Loch Drunkie for easy and scenic ...

Forests for everyone

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Breathing in fresh air, surrounding yourself with stunning natural beauty and keeping an eye out for your favourite wildlife can be a great way to recharge your batteries. Whether you use a wheelchair, push a buggy, or even if you thought your exploring days were behind you, we think our forests will have a trail for you. Our accessible forests Our all-abilities trails are wide, generally have...

Cycling in Argyll Forest Park

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

Other forests offer routes full of artificial ups and downs. In Argyll, the thrills are all natural. The forest park is one of the best areas in the country for real cross-country biking and cycling, with exciting trails and fabulous views. Here are some of our favourites to start you off: At Glenbranter try wetting your wheels in a ford, or follow another long ride around Loch Eck. ...

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Explore Kirroughtree

Monday, 01 April 2019

Wild Watch There's plenty of wildlife in the woods around Kirroughtree, especially if you sit quietly and see what comes to see you. And you don't have to go far to see it - scamper along to the Wild Watch Hide to spot red squirrels, and watch out for roe deer amongst the trees along the way. Look out for chaffinches, coal tits, great tits and blue tits on the bird feeders at the hide. If you're ...

Cycling in Glenmore Forest Park

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Glenmore has some great choices for cycling. You can ride here all the way from Aviemore along the Old Logging Way, a traffic-free route that follows the journey taken by thousands of tons of timber down the glen. It’s a well-made, firm trail with mostly gentle slopes. Stop off at Loch Morlich for a picnic on the way. The Lodge Trail (from Allt Mor) and the lower section of the Ryvoan Trail (fr...