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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

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Skye community first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme

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...

Baby Hen Harrier chick

Hen Harriers tagged in Highland Perthshire

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 ...

Large beetle climbing up the trunk of a very small tree sapling

Managing the risks of Hylobius abietis (large pine beetle) in restocking

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...

Hillside forest harvesting

A82 tree felling work above Loch Ness

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...

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5 great nature poems for National Poetry Day

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...

Satellite view of Europe with osprey flightpaths marked

Tweed Valley osprey journeys

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 ...

John Muir at Mirror Lake

John Muir: the Scots pioneer of the modern conservation movement

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...

Mountain landscape

Climb every mountain

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 ...

Close up of green moss and shoots on the forest floor

Rare moss found in new sites on the National Forest Estate

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...

Object from Crichton Church

Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Crichton Church

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...

People standing outside

International Peat Society Convention

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. Peat perfection At Gow Moss in Moray, participants looked at a recently-felled lowland raised bog site and discussed ...

Map of Europe and Africa with osprey flight paths marked

Satellite tagging

Friday, 07 July 2017

Migration routes 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 ...

Group of people in forest

Growing trees on farms

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...

Osprey flying across a nest containing three other osprey

Live nest streaming

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 ...

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