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Glentress masterplan update - August 2022

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Things are progressing at pace with various pieces of work underway at the moment. The event start/finish Line and access road being worked on will form part of the yet-to-be-built skills area. These new areas allow us to open up more land for access for MTB users, and walkers. Car Park works Our redevelopment of the car parks is taking shape. The new areas will provide better access to the ca...

a family standing on a view point looking down a loch

Best summer walks for the whole family

Thursday, 04 August 2022

There is no better time to get out and explore Scotland. We're home to stunning landscapes, great picnic locations, and outdoor playgrounds fit for the whole family.   So, grab your sunscream and hat and check out some of our favourite places to explore this summer.   Culbin A vast and varied forest that's perfect for a family day out. Culbin has a range of activities. Take the Gr...

Five ospreys in a nest together

Tweed Valley Osprey Project news update: 26 July

Tuesday, 02 August 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The whole family at home All three chicks in the main osprey nest successfully fledged during the past week, each displaying varying degrees of confidence and skill. 20 July 2022 The first witnessed flight was on 20 July. We couldn’t see the ring number but the young osprey was wing flappin...

a hole in the ground with a yellow bag full of mud and shovel next to it

A subterranean secret

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Most people don’t consider archaeology when they think about forestry, but it’s an important part of our stewardship of Scotland’s national forests and land.   We manage many interesting and important archaeological sites across Scotland and are finding and protecting more each year. This can involve creating detailed records of significant sites, developing conservation plans to ens...

Three osprey chicks with new tags

Tagging the chicks

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. On 12 July the osprey juveniles in the main nest were 44 days old and were fitted with their identity rings and satellite tags. Tony Lightley, an Environment and Heritage Forester for Forestry and Land Scotland, and David Anderson, an environmental consultant, visited the site to carry out the wor...

a gravel road through a forest

Dunoon arboretum helping to replace diseased larch trees

Tuesday, 05 July 2022

  A unique arboretum on the west coast is helping foresters choose tree species that can withstand Scotland’s changing climate. Kilmun Arboretum was established in Dunoon in the 1930s as a living laboratory where forestry experts could test trees’ performance against the west coast’s weather. Over 260 tree species were planted there in very small plots. Some liked the Scottish weat...

A digger digging

Glentress Masterplan – June 2022 update

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Works to develop Glentress and deliver the Masterplan are well under way. Our trail builder, ‘On Track’ is busy on the new taster trails, adding new routes to the Red, Blue and Green Trails, and they will be on site for another few months. This week our contractor GTR Ltd. has started preparing the ground and area to support the delivery of the new access road and Finish Line area. This will...

Ospreys play fighting in the nest

Feeding time at the nest

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. On 20 June the young osprey chicks in the main nest were seen panting in the heat and indulging in a few sibling squabbles. Nothing serious but those sharp beaks are weapons not to be ignored. It seems that to disengage in battle, osprey style, is to put your head right down almost into the nes...

Rachel at work

The Apprentice's View

Monday, 27 June 2022

Rachel Orchard is one of our Trees and Timber Apprentices working from our base in Durris, Aberdeenshire. As a newcomer to the forestry sector she has hit the ground running by winning the Lantra ALBAS award for Learner of the Year. After almost a year in the role, we asked Rachel to give us her thoughts on modern forestry, the challenges faced, and how young people can thrive in this industry. ...

A painting of an osprey is unveiled by a man and a woman

A fitting tribute to a famous osprey

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The Tweed Valley Osprey Project volunteers and staff from Forestry and Land Scotland held a celebratory get together for the first time since the pandemic began, on Friday 17 June. The reason for the celebration was the unveiling of a beautiful painting of osprey White Leg SS in the Glentress W...

Downed trees in a forest next to a river

Storm damage to help riparian restoration

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

The damage caused by storms Arwen and Corrie could speed up efforts to restore a strip of land along the River South Esk and the White Water in Glen Doll, Angus. About a third of conifers on this site came down. These conifers would have been slowly removed in the next 30 – 40 years to widen and improve the riparian zone running through the forest. The recent storms have sped up this process...

Osprey chick hopping about in nest

Three healthy chicks

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. > A young chick hopping about in the nest This week, at the main nest in Tweed Valley, we have seen some very good sized brown trout being brought in to the nest by the male, PW3, for his family. The three chicks are doing very well and are being fed so tenderly by Mrs O. It is encouragi...

Osprey family in nest

PW3 settling into fatherhood

Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The osprey chicks at the main Tweed Valley nest hatched a couple of days apart - two on 29 May and the third two days later. This small time gap makes a lot of difference in terms of physical appearance and stature of the youngest chick. It is quite obviously smaller and weaker than its older si...

Adult osprey feeding its chicks

It's triplets!

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. We have much to celebrate at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project this week because, on 29 May, Mrs O stood up on the main nest to reveal that two of her chicks had hatched. The third egg was still visible in the nest but the two wriggly little hatchlings were squirming about and probably feeling ve...