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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Lossie

Wednesday, 28 June 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 course of 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 visiting...

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Castle Hill

Wednesday, 28 June 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 course of 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 visiting...

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Pine Martens thriving in Galloway

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Foresters in Galloway identified a unique opportunity to record a natal den site of Pine Martens as part of a project to increase Pine Marten survival. An elusive species Gareth Ventress, Environment Forester, explains: “Pine Martens are very much an arboreal species, superbly adapted to climbing trees. Breeding female Pine Martens show a preference for arboreal cavities when selecting nata...

Close up of green and grey lichen growing in clusters from the forest floor

Looking for lichens

Friday, 23 June 2017

We see lichens all the times – in forests, on walls, even at the top of a mountain we’ve just clambered up – but how often do you actually notice them? With amazing names like Reindeer Moss and Old Man’s Beard, and amazing colours, there’s far more to lichens than meets the eye. They’ve provided us with a source for bright and beautiful dyes, and been used as components in traditional...

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Open days highlight careers available in Scotland's forests

Thursday, 01 June 2017

School pupils and members of the public enjoyed two open days recently that highlighted the range of careers and activities available in Scotland’s forests. Pupils from Aboyne Academy, Grantown Grammar, Inverness High School,  Kingussie and Millburn Academy took part in a range of workshops and craft sessions and watched demonstrations that included tree-climbing, green woodworking, dend...

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: Achnamara

Monday, 22 May 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 course of 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 p...

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A mate for SS at last

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Mrs O joins SS at the nest but he is not thrilled at first SS finds a partner We are absolutely thrilled that SS has found a partner at last. On Sunday 14 May, White Leg SS was sitting at his nest site alone again where he has spent the past month waiting for a female osprey to join him this season. He was seen to be restless and looking skyward frequently and the volunteers on duty could hear...

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Borders pet rescue tree planting day

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Over 1,300 trees were planted in four hours by the Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston, in the borders. South Scotland Conservancy office in Selkirk was approached by the Borders Pet Rescue for planting grants in a field that had a recent tall fence enclosure erected as a training and safe release area for deeply troubled dogs, and to try and create a natural environment that would add inte...

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist: The Black Isle

Wednesday, 03 May 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 course of 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 explorin...

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Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices make a valuable contribution to Culloden Woods

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A group of civil engineering foundation apprentices lent their skills to Forest Enterprise Scotland in a hands-on bridge improvement project. The nine first and second year students (S5 and S6 school pupils) carried out surveying and design work using Computer Aided Design (CAD) on two foot-bridges within Culloden Woods, assessing the bridges and putting forward their recommendations for restor...

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Postcards from a travelling archaeologist

Thursday, 20 April 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 course of 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. Hi guys! My first postc...

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Wildflowers in the forest

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

After the long, dark winter months, the first blooms of spring are a welcome sight. As forest floors and meadows burst into life, there’s plenty of colours and foraging opportunities to enjoy as we head towards Easter. From snowdrops and bluebells to tasty ingredients such as wild garlic and chickweed there’s plenty to discover, so read on to find out what to spot in the forest this spring!...

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Management of the National Forest Estate reconfirmed as industry best practice

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sustainable Forest Management is at the heart of how we look after the National Forest Estate, and we are delighted to have passed an audit by United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard with flying colours. Gaining certification means being assessed against criteria that includes management planning, consultation, woodland design, operations, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Woodla...

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The significance of deer on the NFE

Friday, 03 March 2017

The Scottish deer population is estimated to be around 777,000 and has an important part to play in Scotland’s biodiversity. Deer can have a major effect on habitat and the landscape. To help protect the forest environment, we play a significant role in sustainable deer management through the proactive management of deer numbers, densities and damage impacts on the National Forest Estate...

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