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Becoming a ranger

Friday, 06 August 2021

Seasonal rangers make up a crucial part of our workforce every year. From helping other staff with their ongoing work to chatting with visitors to our forests, it's a varied and interesting role. We caught up with one such ranger, Carola, to see how she was getting on. What made you want to become a seasonal ranger with FLS? I love the outdoors and feel passionate about how it can benefit us all...

Osprey chicks in a nest

Increasingly adventurous

Tuesday, 03 August 2021

The main Tweed Valley osprey nest is often empty now that the juvenile ospreys have fledged but they are never too far away from home. Megget (670) and Talla (671) have been fairly adventurous trying out their wings on flights around the forest but we can see from the tracking data that neither of them has ventured further yet. The greatest distance travelled so far has been by the bolder of the t...

Osprey feeding another osprey

Talla fledges too

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

This week, many ospreys across the region will have taken their first flights and have started their final journeys towards reaching full adulthood. Here in Tweed Valley, it was young Megget that was the first to leave the main nest on 18 July. Her first trip was an impressive 240 metres. This was in the evening and the tracker relayed data to show that she was still there in the early hours of ...

Three osprey projects

The first fledglings

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

On 19 July, in the main nest, osprey chicks Megget and Talla were 54 days old and one of them fledged. The other osprey youngster was sat low down in the nest and we could not see the ring number, so we couldn’t say whether it was Megget or Talla that made the first brave flight. She probably didn’t venture far, most likely a wing lifted jump into a close-by pine. Mrs O was relaxed, sitting ab...

Newly ringed osprey chicks

More ringing news

Thursday, 15 July 2021

On 13 July, Megget (670) and Talla (671), the two young ospreys in the main Tweed Valley nest were 48 days old. Since ringing day, they have settled back to their normal routine with mum and dad at the nest site. They are very actively stretching and flapping their wings now in readiness for flight. Flight is achieved after 7 to 8 weeks of age, with an average being 55 days after hatching. So by...

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What are we doing to protect and conserve nature? 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

We don’t just grow and fell trees. We also lead in conserving landscapes. For World Nature Conservation Day, we’re highlighting several projects that protect and enhance nature in Scotland. Designated sites & species  These areas are known globally as important for science and nature. This includes Caledonian pine forests, Atlantic oak woods or even peat bogs. These sites are home...

Man ringing ospreys

Ringing day

Monday, 05 July 2021

The ospreys in the main Tweed Valley nest were 40 days old on Monday 5 July and this was now time for them to be fitted with their darvic rings and their unique BTO rings (British Trust for Ornothology) for identification. The Environment Team from Forestry and Land Scotland consisting of Tony Lightley (Environment Forester), Eve Schulte (Environment Ranger), Derek Rodger (Environment Assistant)...

Osprey guarding nest

Dad looks after the chicks

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

On 27 June, the osprey chicks in the main Tweed Valley nest were 32 days old and we can see just how dramatically they have changed since they first hatched, when they were no bigger than a hen chick. When they first emerged from their eggs, they were weak and wobbly and covered in uniform grey down, with only an eye-stripe hinting at the ospreys they will become. And although the change is dram...

Three osprey chicks

Food and feathers

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

On 20 June, the osprey chicks in the main nest in Tweed Valley were 25 days old and while checking over the recorded footage it was great to see just how well they are growing and developing. Their feathers are coming through and this means that they are no longer at the mercy of the weather in the way that they were, or reliant on their mum shielding them from rain or strong sunlight. Now they ca...

Osprey family in nest

Blue twine and red kites

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

At the main Tweed Valley osprey nest, changes are occurring rapidly, as the two young ospreys develop. The chicks at two weeks old were very reptilian looking with extended bodies and not much in the growth of feathering. Their heads were not particularly attractive at that stage but what a difference after five more days of growth. The colouring of gold, brown, black and white were noticeable a...

Osprey chicks feeding

Sibling rivalry

Monday, 07 June 2021

The young osprey family continue to thrive on the main Tweed Valley osprey nest and they have been fortunate with the sudden change in the weather allowing favourable conditions for PW3 to hunt for his family. The 31 May film footage revealed two good sized fish suppers in the nest and satisfied chicks with full tummies. Mrs O had also had her fill and the meal was left aside for later. Nothing ...

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Travelling Scotland in a Motorhome

Tuesday, 01 June 2021

So, you’re planning a trip in a motorhome. What should you bring? Which campsite or caravan park should you book? This is where we can help you answer those questions. Travelling around Scotland in a motorhome is a great way to explore the country and discover the wide variety of experiences on offer. It gives you the freedom to set your own agenda and travel at a pace that suits you.   If...

Two osprey chicks

Two chicks hatch!

Sunday, 30 May 2021

PW3 didn’t stop long, Mrs O took the fish from him and moved around the nest to position herself to feed the young ospreys and PW3 flew off. He was most likely watching his family from a distance, perched upon one of the lopped pine trees to the side of the nest. With her back to camera, Mrs O began to tear off morsels of fish to gently proffer to the little wobbly, outstretched heads, reachin...

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There's More To Conifers...

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Harvesting trees has always been of high value to society. Whether clearing land for agriculture, as a source of fuel, or material for construction, there is much to be gained from a felled tree.  Planting trees has not had such a high value until the last century. Phases of planting following both World Wars did much to restore Britain’s forests, but plenty of barren years since then have...