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Manoeuvres in the Dark: Celebrating 100 Dark Sky Parks

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Congratulations to The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) - this month, they have announced a new International Dark Sky Place: Tumacácori National Historical Park in the U.S., bringing the total number of parks up to 100. This is a fantastic achievement, and as we were just the 5th on that list of parks, we’re extra proud to see them reach 100 locations. The IDA now protects more than ...

Black Grouse

Lek It Be: Black Grouse mating season

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

The photo above, taken last week by one of our rangers in the North Highlands, shows a black grouse, with its unmistakable postbox-red crest and blue-black feathers. The ‘lekking’ season is when black grouse breed, and a few of our destinations have been affected, with roadworks in Galloway Forest Park delayed in order to give the grouse population room to manoeuvre. “Not wanting to g...

Ruined dwelling in forest

Top ten archaeology sites in Scotland's forests

Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Scotland’s forests hold many secrets. Tales of the past echo in the stillness of the trees and ruins remain as a testament to days gone by. September 2018 is Scottish Archaeology Month, and what better way to celebrate than a journey into the past, and a whistle-stop tour of our top ten sites of archaeological interest… Archaeology in the forest 1. Knock Farril Pictish hill fort, Bla...

Osprey being held by vet

Home to Roost: Return of the Ospreys

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Ospreys have returned to their nests at The Lodge in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Kirroughtree in Galloway Forest Park, and at Glentress in Tweed Valley Forest Park. As regular readers of our blog will know, these beautiful birds of prey migrate from Africa back to Scotland each year to breed and raise their young, returning to warmer climes in Autumn. Our feathered friends Now is the time of ye...

Family having picnic in forest

Top ten perfect picnic spots

Friday, 20 April 2018

They say you should plan your meals, but never a picnic - and this is doubly true in Scotland, where even during peak summer time our weather can be changeable! Below, we've got suggestions for easy-to-access picnic spots near you, suggestions for snacks, main meals and drinks, and even some ideas for alternative activities and destinations, in case it starts to rain cats and dogs. Find th...

Forest and lake

The Forest, episode 5

Monday, 05 February 2018

The popular documentary series, The Forest, is on tonight - BBC One Scotland at 19.30 hours. Filmed over six months, the six part series gets views up close and personal with those who live and work in Galloway Forest Park. Our Community Projects Manager, Lyndy Renwick, based in Galloway, was involved with the filming. Here she gives us an insight into the filming and explains a bit about ...

Rob Mulholland's Skytower

Rob Mulholland's Skytower, Rawyards, Airdrie

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Image: Ashley Coombes / Rob Mulholland A new video of the visually striking Skytower sculpture at Rawyards near Airdrie has surfaced online this week, courtesy of YouTube channel Above Scotland. Created by artist Rob Mulholland in 2013, the 6-metre high sculpture was designed with the help of the local community, with assistance from children at local primary schools Clarkston and St ...

Forest and lake

The Forest, episode 3

Monday, 22 January 2018

The Forest, BBC One Scotland’s new six part documentary series, returns to the screens tonight following the different people and timber related organisations that benefit from Galloway Forest Park. Our Environment Forester, Gareth Ventress, was involved with the filming. Here he explains a bit about his role and gives us an insight into the filming. You’re an Environment Forester– what...

Small brown furry creature hunched over on the bank of a loch or stream

Water voles thriving in the Trossachs

Monday, 15 January 2018

Water voles are recolonising restored wetlands in the Trossachs thanks to an ambitious re-introduction project. Over 1,000 animals were released into 1,700ha of restored wetland habitat on the National Forest Estate and are now thriving throughout the Trossachs. In November last year, this project was shortlisted for The Nature of Scotland Awards which gives recognition to conservation projects ...

Walkers looking at map

Walking into 2018: Four forest trails to explore

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

  For many of us, the start of a new year means making resolutions to get fit and active, and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. A little forward planning can help you stick to your new exercise programme – and the advantages of exercising outdoors cannot be overstated. With no costly gym memberships to worry about, and all of Scotland’s breathtaking natural beauty to explore, gettin...

Two men with chainsaw and hi-viz

The Forest

Monday, 08 January 2018

  Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in Britain – is set to star in a new BBC One Scotland documentary series on Monday 8 January at 19.30.    Filmed over six months, The Forest, follows all the different people and timber related organisations that benefit from Galloway Forest Park, showcasing how the National Forest Estate delivers and supports so many...

Outdoor Christmas tree with baubles and tinsel

Show Us Your Baubles!

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Have you bought a beautiful, natural Christmas Tree from us this year? Share the love on social media - once your tree is safely home and decorated to perfection, take a picture with your loved ones and share it with us on Twitter using the hashtag #ShowUsYourBaubles. Tag your local forest We'll re-share the best photos on Facebook and Twitter - remember to tag the Sales Centre where you bough...

Landscape view over a coniferous forest with several small lochs dotting the landscape and mountains beyond

Registration of the National Forest Estate

Monday, 04 December 2017

As Scotland moves towards a single system of registration for land and property titles, work progresses on adding all of the National Forest Estate (NFE) to the Land Register.  In May 2014 Scottish Ministers requested the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the Land Register and gave a commitment to ensure that all public land would be registered within 5 years. The land register...

Seven people, including Government and Forestry Commission staff, standing with a modern apprentice

Modern Apprentice opportunity for budding foresters

Friday, 24 November 2017

Interested in learning forestry skills such as tree planting, felling and organising community recreation events? Forest Enterprise Scotland is looking for eight new Modern Apprentices to begin a career in forestry. Based in the south of Scotland, the successful apprentices will receive on the job experience and training with a Forest Enterprise Scotland team, backed with further skills provide...

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