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Native wood of slender birch trees with lush green undergrowth

What are we doing to protect and conserve nature? 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

We don’t just grow and fell trees. We also lead in conserving landscapes. For World Nature Conservation Day, we’re highlighting several projects that protect and enhance nature in Scotland. Designated sites & species  These areas are known globally as important for science and nature. This includes Caledonian pine forests, Atlantic oak woods or even peat bogs. These sites are home...

Campervan driving on small singletrack road amongst lush green hillsides

Travelling Scotland in a Motorhome

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

So, you’re planning a trip in a motorhome. What should you bring? Which campsite or caravan park should you book? This is where we can help you answer those questions. Travelling around Scotland in a motorhome is a great way to explore the country and discover the wide variety of experiences on offer. It gives you the freedom to set your own agenda and travel at a pace that suits you.   If...

Large hillside with mixed conifers leading to a pointed summit under a blue sky.

There's More To Conifers...

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Harvesting trees has always been of high value to society. Whether clearing land for agriculture, as a source of fuel, or material for construction, there is much to be gained from a felled tree.  Planting trees has not had such a high value until the last century. Phases of planting following both World Wars did much to restore Britain’s forests, but plenty of barren years since then have...

Rock-Art-Ology

Monday, 22 March 2021

Our new learning resource, A Song in Stone, explores Scotland’s amazing outdoor gallery of ancient rock art – abstract designs of cup and ring marks that our Neolithic ancestors carved over 4,000 years ago. The booklet is packed with fresh ideas, stunning photography and great illustrations. To celebrate its publication, our archaeologist Matt is calling for aspiring young archaeologists and ...

Water voles: the mini eco-system engineers of the Trossachs

Monday, 15 February 2021

Beavers typically get all the glory when it comes to building ecosystems, but water voles also play an important part in shaping Scottish wetlands. Though not as well-known, these small but mighty creatures are eco-system engineers, positively impacting biodiversity and helping plants grow.   Eco-system engineers are animals whose very existence can change the environment they live...

A female forestry worker standing in a cotton bog

Celebrating women in science

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

From Rachel Carson to Jane Goodall this world has seen many fierce women in the field of science. FLS is lucky to have our own team of scientists pushing the boundaries of conservation and land management.   We want to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by highlighting some of the work women in forestry are doing right here in Scotland and impacting our land at a v...

Close up of red squirrel perched on log with tail wrapped up over its back

Squirrel facts

Monday, 25 January 2021

The red squirrel is one of our favourite forest dwellers. Bright and colourful with a cheeky personality, they’re a perennial favourite. Here are a few interesting facts you might not know about this compact critter.  Double-jointed The red squirrel has double-jointed ankles allowing it to climb up and down trees with immense agility. Being so flexible allows them to grip on precarious ...

Several reindeer standing on an open hillside with snow-capped mountains beyond

Winter Coats

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

With the temperature dropping and snow upon the mountains, it’s time to dig out your winter coat. Many animals are no different. With the need to stay warm during the winter months, or wishing to stay hidden in a changing landscape, being able to alter your colouring is a useful trick adopted by several Scottish animals. Here we have a look at some classic examples.  Mountain Hare The m...

Snow covered rocks in a fast flowing river

Top 5 Winter Walks

Tuesday, 08 December 2020

  The forest can be a wonderful place for a walk at any time of the year, but the crisp quiet of a wintry day is both calming and inspiring. Here’s our top 5 forest walks for when the temperature plummets and snow starts to fall…    Lochan Uaine and Ryvoan, Cairngorms The turquoise waters of the Green Lochan never fail to inspire, and all the more so when surrounded by ...

Forest Operations and Red Squirrel Conservation

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Scientific Name: Sciurus vulgaris Population in Scotland: Around 120,000 Population on FLS land: 50,000 Population health: decline Greatest threat: Grey Squirrel Fun fact: Red Squirrels eat the seeds from coniferous cones, which are not produced until the tree is around 30-years-old.   The red squirrel is an iconic part of Scotland’s fauna. Though they are active during the...

Trees on a hillside with a dusting of snow

Tree Trials: Testing trees for the future

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

With more frequent occurences of extreme weather, and increased spread in tree-based diseases, how do we prepare forests throughout Europe to meet the strain of climate change? Back in 2012 several trials were started throughout the UK to monitor how different tree species coped in the changing British climate with the aim of diversifying future planting to create more resilient forests. Here, Mat...

Inside the Complex World of Lichen

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Lichen is a hidden gem in our woodlands, often overlooked and underappreciated.  Scotland is home to over 1,500 different species of lichen, which makes up around 87% of all lichen found in Britain. Lichens tend to thrive in our relatively clean air, cool summers, mild winters, and our higher levels of rainfall which occur throughout the year. This is especially true of western Scotland, whi...

Fallen leaves on the ground with bright autumnal colours

Why Do Trees Lose Their Leaves?

Monday, 09 November 2020

The changing of seasons from summer to autumn brings about a startling change in many trees with vivid greens giving way to bright yellows, oranges and reds. Then, the leaves fall leaving bare trunks and skeletal branches. So what is really going on? Why do trees lose their leaves in autumn? Let’s find out.  Disappearing Green  Different natural chemicals within trees produce diffe...

Sea eagle flying over the sea with a fish in its talons

Managing Woodland For Sea Eagles

Friday, 06 November 2020

White Tail Eagle Facts:  Scientific Name: Haliaeetus albicilla Population in Scotland:  There are now more than 100 territorial pairs in Scotland Population Status: Still a rare species in Scotland Fun Fact:  The oldest recorded individual was more than 32 years old. That’s old for a bird!  White-tailed eagles, or sea eagles, are an endangered species that was...

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