Wednesday, 08 November 2017
The Skye community are the first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). CATS was set up to implement the new rights for communities under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to purchase, lease or use National Forest Estate land if it provides benefits to the local community.
Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) have purchased 12.3ha at the Fairy Pools...
Tuesday, 07 November 2017
A Tay Raptor Study Group member has made the exciting discovery of a Hen Harrier’s nest on the National Forest Estate in Highland Perthshire.
Tay Forest District’s environment team was delighted with the find and helped to coordinate the protection and monitoring of these raptors with the ringing and satellite tagging of the chicks when they hatched.
News from the nest
Two eggs hatched ...
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
The Large Pine Beetle (Hylobius abietis) is the most significant pest in Scottish forestry, feeding on the stems of young trees on restock sites, often causing serious damage or death of the tree. Populations of Hylobius are large enough in some areas of Scotland to devastate a high proportion of a restock site.
The management of Hylobius is a key thread in our restocking strategy. This st...
Monday, 18 September 2017
One of our most challenging projects is the felling of nearly 100 year old trees on steep slopes high above the A82 between Glencoe and Inverness. The operations will help to improve the resilience of the A82 against unplanned road closures as a result of extreme weather or storm events.
Extraction in progress
Work began in 2011 at Glen Righ (Corran Ferry) in 2011 with further work successfull...
Friday, 15 September 2017
We have a rich heritage of capturing the landscape in verse. From antiquity to the present, it’s been the sparking flint to a poet’s imagination. It fuels the pens that capture our fascination and communion with natural world. Whether you're stuck inside, or want inspiration for your next trip, cinematic nature poetry can bring the outside to you.
Read on to discove...
Friday, 08 September 2017
Pinky's night flight
Pinky and Perky’s journeys
PY1 (Pinky) journey across the sea and inland at Spain
Last week we were very concerned about osprey Pinky (PY1) the young female bird on her first ever migration south. She had set off on 26 August and was making good progress, but the data ended after flying a staggering 388km in one day on 30 August. It was early evening when she reached ...
Thursday, 24 August 2017
John Muir was more than an explorer; the Scottish-American was a writer, inventor, botanist, shepherd, geologist and mountaineer, and more. He inspired the creation of national parks, had walking trails named in his honour, has been featured on two US commemorative postage stamps and is celebrated each year on 21 April.
Credited for spearheading the conservation movement, Muir in...
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
There’s plenty to see outdoors, especially in a country as glorious as Scotland. Summer is the perfect time to take on a challenge with the longer days and (mostly) good weather.
Why not explore the lay of the land and burn some calories summiting some of Scotland’s best hills and mountains? From short steep hikes to longer winding roads, there’s plenty to choose from no matter where you ...
Thursday, 27 July 2017
A rare moss has been found in several new sites. Buxbaumia viridis, or Green Shield-moss, is a nationally scarce moss and rated as endangered.
The moss differs to almost every other moss in that its leaves are not visible – only the distinct bright green fruiting body can be seen over winter, from November until April. It prefers logs where there are areas of bare bark or little co...
Thursday, 20 July 2017
To celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we asked our archaeologist ‘Travelling’ Matt to send us postcards from his fieldwork around the country.
Over the year, Matt has promised to send us a postcard from some of the amazing places he finds himself in, describing the archaeology and talking to the Forestry Rangers who care for it.
Last time Matt was exploring the WWII arc...
Friday, 07 July 2017
Over 150 people from 20 countries across the world came together in Scotland at the recent International Peat Society Convention in Aberdeen. As part of this, they visited two sites on the National Forest Estate to look at forestry issues around managing deep peat in woodlands.
At Gow Moss in Moray, participants looked at a recently-felled lowland raised bog site and discussed ...
Friday, 07 July 2017
The satellite tagged Tweed Valley ospreys have brought us revealing data about the routes the birds have taken when on migration. We have FK8 who favours taking a south westerly route and finishes her journey in Portugal where she has overwintered in the same quarters twice now. Her second migration to arrive in Portugal was a more direct route down the centre of the UK and over ...
Monday, 03 July 2017
The beneficial impact of growing trees on farms was highlighted at a Soil Association Scotland event in Dumfries in June.
The day was designed to give a practical perspective and overview on everything from initial design to planting, pruning, managing and processing. Participants discussed the benefits of growing trees on farm, different planting and funding options. They also visited Barfil&n...
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Yellow 8C and female with two chicks at back up nest 2
This week we have news from our back up nest no. 2, where parent birds Yellow 8C and his unringed partner have two thriving chicks. Just like their young from last year (PX1 and PX2) one is really big and the other much smaller. It could possibly be a male and female or that they have a few days age difference between them.
Not only do we ...