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Large felled Douglas Fir tree

A 9.0 meter Douglas Fir is being converted into an Iron Age canoe

Friday, 20 July 2018

An unusually large log was sourced from the National Forest Estate (NFE) to be converted into an Iron Age canoe, demonstrating the diversity and quality of timber grown on the NFE. A number of specialist timber customers seek quality, large dimension timber for a manner of conventional and sometimes unusual applications. Logs of the size requested by the School of Ancient Crafts in Edinburgh – ...

Illustration of medieval village

Investigating lost ruins

Friday, 13 July 2018

Forest Enterprise Scotland recently surveyed and investigated the farmstead of the Wee Bruach, a series of ruined late 18th century buildings, enclosures and corn drying kilns in Loch Ard ahead of harvesting operations. The buildings were identified as unusual by the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Group. However, trees were growing very close to the buildings, so we recorded the site in advance of ...

Dog on beach

Leave No Trace: Tips For Terrific Days Out

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Scotland's hottest summer on record brought hundreds of people out onto the golden sands of Loch Morlich last weekend. Many enjoyed cooling off in the crystal-clear water or took part in some watersport adventures, whilst others took in the amazing scenery and relaxed, soaking up the rays. Unfortunately along with the sunshine and people come two very big problems - litter&n...

Sheep on road

Spring Photo Jam - The Winners!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The public votes have been counted, and we can finally declare the winners of our massive Spring Photo Jam competition! Winner #1 - with more than twice as many votes as the nearest finalist! - is 14-year old Jodi Clarke, for her moody, rain-swept shot of two sheep on a country road. Jodi's dramatic photo "captures the atmosphere of that place, Scottish climate and all," according to our j...

Kayak on sand

Spring Photo Jam - The Finalists!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

  Over the past week, our three judges have been hard at work narrowing down 100+ entries to our Spring Photo Jam competition to pick just 12 finalists for the public vote. It's been a tough job - there were so many brilliant images submitted, coming from photographers who ranged in age from 10 to 70. You gave us everything from intimate portraits of birds, bugs and beasties to detailed stu...

Osprey feeds two very young chicks

Mrs O eats her dead chick

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Mrs O feeds the young Hunger games This has been the first week in the lives of the newly-hatched osprey chicks and it has been a case of mixed fortunes for them. The incredible Storm Hector brought down trees across the Borders, and lashing rain sent the Tweed into a raging muddy blur – not great for osprey fishing. SS must have struggled to fish in the windy conditions and murky waters, an...

Woman in green top standing in front of green-leaved trees smiling for camera

A day in the life of a Ranger in Aberdeenshire

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Jackie Cumberbirch is a Ranger for Forest Enterprise Scotland, based in Moray & Aberdeenshire Forest District. What does being a Ranger involve? “It’s my job to assess what wildlife is present in Clashindarroch forest and woods in north and central Aberdeenshire before forestry work such as cutting trees (providing wood and timber for use in our daily lives), road construction and t...

Collage of forest images

The Spring Photo Jam - Meet The Judges!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The official Forestry Commission Scotland Spring Photo Jam has come to an end! It's been an incredible week, looking through more than 100 entries to find the best of the best, with contributions from aspiring photographers of all ages, as well as experienced snappers and a few professionals. As you can see from the small selection above, our Facebook and Twitter feeds have provided a riot of co...

Osprey in nest

The Aberfoyle Osprey Project - sad news from the nest

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Throughout the Spring season, we’ve been following the story of Mrs O, an osprey at the Tweed Valley project who has produced several eggs so far this year, along with her breeding partner. While Mrs O is thriving, sadly this week we had some very sad news from our team at the Aberfoyle Osprey Project. To our great dismay, Clarach, the female osprey who had nested in previous years near ...

Leaves on branch

COMPETITION: Announcing the Spring Photo Jam!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Did you take some incredible photos this Spring? With Summer just around the corner, we want to see your very best pictures. To give you a little inspiration, we’ve come up with 4 categories - we’ll crown a champion of each category, and two overall winners! We’ve got two incredible grand prizes up for grabs… two £100 vouchers for Go Ape, the UK’s number one treetop adventure, to use...

Brown and yellow lichen growing beside green moss

Hazelwood creation at The Faery Isles, West Argyll

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

30 kilos of hazel nuts were painstakingly hand-gathered to plant 4,000 hazel and 400 oak trees to create a new hazel wood in the Faery Isles, Knapdale, West Argyll. The Faery Isles is a recently clearfelled PAWS (Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site) undergoing conversion back to native woodland. Establishing a hazel wood at the site is particularly important for lichens and bryophytes (liverwor...

Wildcat closeup

Wildcats at Clashindarroch

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Scottish wildcat is one of our best loved native mammals. Breeding with pets and feral cats threatens numbers; as does our presence in wild places. There's concern that forestry adds to that threat. Clashindarroch in Aberdeenshire shows how a working forest can remain a stronghold for wildcats. A forest that works for people and wildcats Like many of our forests, Clashindarroch is a sustai...

Windcat in snowy forest

Managing forests for wildcats

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wildcats are one of Scotland’s most endangered animals and their conservation and protection is of the highest priority. As with other endangered species, we work hard to protect them as part of our sustainable forest management.  Our aim is to ensure that wildcats can thrive in Scotland's forests. Clashindarroch was planted decades ago and is now managed by Forestry and L...

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