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Summer events guide

Summer events guide

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Make the most of the summer sunshine, and find an awesome outdoor adventure for the whole family in Scotland’s forests this June and July. Of course our woodland destinations can be calm and tranquil, but at other times, the forests are buzzing with activity! From international mountain biking competitions to guided camping trips under the stars, to holiday-time activity clubs for younger kid...

Our top 3 spots for forest bathing

Our top 3 spots for forest bathing

Monday, 13 May 2019

Known in Japan as 'shinrin-yoku'  which translates as "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing" – was developed in Japan during the 1980s. It may sound simple, but forest bathing offers a timeless truth - time spent in a forest and amongst nature reduces stress and promotes a feeling of wellbeing. There is even a healthy body of research supporting the...

Meet the beavers of Knapdale

Meet the beavers of Knapdale

Friday, 03 May 2019

  In 2009, the area around Knapdale forest was chosen for a very special project. The plan to reintroduce a beaver population into the wild has been a huge success. The original beavers, brought in from Norway as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial have bred and expanded their territory over the past ten years, establishing a thriving colony around Loch Coille Bhar. 400 years after being hun...

New agencies, new branding, new talent!

New agencies, new branding, new talent!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

  The creation of new agencies, Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland, represents the start of a new chapter for forestry in Scotland. It’s a pivotal time in forestry and an exciting one now that forestry is fully devolved to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament and two new forestry agencies have been created.

Achnabreac Short Story Competition: The Winner

Achnabreac Short Story Competition: The Winner

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A few weeks back, we ran a short story competition inspired by the Neolithic carvings at Achnabreac. These stunning examples of ‘cup and ring’ marks, carved thousands of years ago by our prehistoric ancestors, have always been something of a mystery. We thought we’d ask you, our readers, to provide a few theories about their origins. Well, we weren’t disappointed with the results! With ...

Ospreys and eagles come home to roost

Ospreys and eagles come home to roost

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Our bird blogs are back in action for 2019! Things are already getting interesting, with two eggs delivered by regular Tweed Valley resident osprey Mrs O. and her partner SS, while our beloved Aberfoyle osprey Clarach has also been seen mating with her partner - we’re sharing news from that nesting site on The Lodge’s Facebook page. The mating season is now in full swing, so we can expect mo...

The John Muir Way celebrates its fifth birthday

The John Muir Way celebrates its fifth birthday

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Last week the John Muir Way, the long distance route running from Dunbar in East to Helensburgh in the West, celebrated its fifth birthday. The lengthy, winding route is named after John Muir, a pioneer of conservation who emigrated from Scotland to America in 1848, aged 10. Muir was part of a group of activists that fought to protect Yosemite Valley in California, and helped to create the world...

Behind the Scenes: Creating 'The First Foresters'

Behind the Scenes: Creating 'The First Foresters'

Monday, 08 April 2019

  'The First Foresters' is a free-to-access learning resource combining an inspirational blend of archaeological discussion, creative indoor activities and practical outdoor learning. The beautifully illustrated booklet links today’s native woodlands, the ancient wildwood of the past and the Neolithic pioneers who ventured into it over 6000 years ago.  

Where to spot wildlife in Scotland’s forests

Where to spot wildlife in Scotland’s forests

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Image: Will Bolding / Unsplash With spring and the Easter holidays just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start planning your trip to Scotland's best loved wild places. Recently, we've looked at kids activities on a budget, the perfect pit-stops for those long car journeys, and even picked our favourite chilled-out forest trails for a bit of 'forest bathing.' This time, we've selecte...

Picking the perfect pit-stop

Picking the perfect pit-stop

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Image: Alvan Nee / Unsplash Although last week's early flash of warm weather may have blown away in the March winds for now, Spring is most definitely in the air! Scotland’s beautifully rugged great outdoors is just waiting to be explored. Whether you're after a woodland walk with a furry friend, or a longer weekend stroll with the whole family, we've picked ten spots per...

Romantic places to visit in the forest

Romantic places to visit in the forest

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Photo: Caroline Veronez / Unsplash Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… We reckon the forest is one of the romantic places to woo a loved one this February 14th, so we’ve put together a guide on the best places to take a dreamy stroll, plan a woodland wedding or even pop that all-important question!

Looking after our brilliant bugs

Looking after our brilliant bugs

Monday, 11 February 2019

Photo: Sean Stratton / Unsplash An alarming new study, discussed in The Guardian today, has found that more than 40% of the world's insect populations are now in decline. Coverage of environmental issues tends to focus on more camera-friendly species, but insects are just as vital to our planet's support systems  — perhaps even more so. With the total mass of ins...

Can wild places help us heal?

Can wild places help us heal?

Monday, 04 February 2019

Photo: Malte Schmidt / Unsplash On one of last week’s episodes of BBC Winterwatch, the team spent some time discussing mental health issues, and how spending time in the outdoors, and re-engaging with the world of plants, animals and trees can help people restore a bit of balance to their inner lives. The team spoke to author Joe Harkness about his book, Bird Therapy, and how he develop...

Short story competition: Mystery of the Achnabreac carvings

Short story competition: Mystery of the Achnabreac carvings

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Tucked away in the hills of Argyll, just a few miles from Lohgilphead, are the world-famous prehistoric ‘cup and ring’ marks of Achnabreac. These mysterious patterns were carved into rocks throughout Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales and around Europe, in Greece, Italy, and as far north as Scandinavia... Read on to find out more about our new short story competition for ages 10 and up...

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