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Before and after photos show Ryvoan Pass recovery from deer damage

Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Our team recently recreated a historic photo of the Ryvoan Pass to document the impact of deer management over the Green Lochan. The Ryvoan Pass in the Cairngorms National Park is a trail that takes visitors from Glenmore Forest to Abernethy Forest past the Green Lochan, famous for its emerald, green waters. George Dey, the forester in the area, took this picture in 1984. His collection of fores...

a crowd at a large scale cycle event in the forest

Post-UCI Glentress focus shifts to inclusivity

Tuesday, 22 August 2023

That’s a wrap! We’ve had a blast hosting the 2023 UCI championship at Glentress, where across six days we saw almost 30,000 people visit the forest for the event. World mountain bike champion, Tracey Mosely, said; “Glentress was an outstanding venue that is set to become a beacon for everyone involved in promoting cycling by showing how the one destination can appeal to families, yo...

If you build ponds, they will come

Monday, 21 August 2023

We've teamed up with the British Dragonfly Society to help protect and boost the population of some of the rarest dragonflies in the British Isles. The new conservation partnership will focus on improving dragonfly habitat as a whole, but with a particular focus on six endangered or vulnerable species: the Northern Damselfly, Azure Hawker, White-faced Darter, Brilliant Emerald, Northern Emerald...

Some great rainforests to explore

Thursday, 17 August 2023

Did you know Scotland’s west coast is full of temperate rainforests? These vibrant areas are home to a range of flora and lichens, some which only exist in this part of the country…a few species don’t occur anywhere else in the world! Visiting rainforests is a great way to learn more about their biodiversity and history. So, we’ve drawn together information on some of our best examples...

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Pine marten numbers on the increase in Galloway as technology trials yield positive results

Wednesday, 02 August 2023

Last year we posted a blog about a new trial using thermal imaging cameras to survey artificial den boxes in Galloway Forest Park. We're pleased to confirm this innovative method of monitoring pine marten boxes has been a success. This spring, our team checked over 100 artificial nesting boxes to assess the local pine marten population, and detected a number of baby pine martens (called kits) u...

New CivTech challenge has deer management in its sights

Monday, 31 July 2023

Deer management plays a large part in how we will achieve our ongoing climate and biodiversity goals. It is estimated that there are now over 1 million deer in Scotland, a number that has doubled in the past 30 years. We are looking to the CivTech challenge for help to see if we can manage these numbers in a more efficient way and help us modernise how we transport venison from the forest to our ...

A83 drone seeding underway

Thursday, 27 July 2023

An estimated 20 million birch seeds have been scattered on the hillside above the A83 thanks to the use of drone technology. We've been working closely with Transport Scotland in this latest phase of drone seeding, which is aimed to help reduce the likelihood of landslips on the notorious Rest and Be Thankful. The technique, that we first trialled last year, is being tested and evaluated by our...

A sandy beach through dunes

Forests to enjoy in Moray

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Moray is a great place to escape for the weekend. With stunning beaches, a rich history, and expansive forests to explore. Check out some of our more popular spots and get inspired to head east this summer.  Roseisle Cycle forest trails or relax on sandy beaches. Relax on the white sandy beach and explore the historic defence structures built during WW2. These concrete remnants were used...

Public safety push as Kirkhill Forest clear up continues

Thursday, 06 July 2023

We are trialling new measures to promote access and keep the public safe during the next phase of storm damage clear-up at Kirkhill Forest.    With work due to begin on 3 July and likely to take six weeks, we have put diversions in place to enable continued access to some areas of the forest. However, additional measures will be in place to encourage people to stay away from harv...

What’s next for the Swinnie jigsaw

Thursday, 29 June 2023

Earlier this year one of our foresters discovered a huge jigsaw piece while surveying for an upcoming land management plan. The shape covers around 2 hectares and is one of three pieces found in the area. The irregularity was noticed during a desk-based assessment of all available aerial images and historic maps. This showed a distinct pocket of broadleaf trees inside a large plantation of pro...

drone shot over invasive species

Tech helping to give Scotland’s rainforests breathing room

Wednesday, 21 June 2023

We are using technology more and more to help us modernise forestry to make it safer and more efficient. Most recently we started to see how we can use drone to map out where rhododendron needs to be controlled. We have been working for over 25 years to turn back the relentless tide of invasive rhododendron that is smothering much of the west coast and threatening unique rainforest habitat. Rem...

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Forest visitors urged to follow safety signage

Tuesday, 13 June 2023

We are urging members of the public to adhere to warning and safety signage to avoid putting themselves in danger from being crushed by trees, machinery or being ‘shot’ by broken chain links from chainsaws or harvesters.    The call comes as the organisation records significant increase in reports from worried staff and contractors regarding incursions onto live harvesting sites b...

Staff visiting a sawmill

Visit to Lockerbie sawmill

Thursday, 08 June 2023

Our staff recently toured the James Jones sawmill in Lockerbie, where large volumes of our timber are processed for construction and other markets. The tour was part of the Marketing and Sales Quality Assurance workshop in our South Region. Seeing what happens to our timber once it leaves the forest is rare for our staff and as the group were taken around the sawmill by James Jones General Mana...

A group of school kids on a peatland

Successful trial project opens young eyes to peatland careers

Tuesday, 06 June 2023

Helping young people understand the need for peatland restoration was the aim of a successful outing for Golspie High School pupils to Dalchork Forest last month, thanks to our North Region and NatureScot. The day on-site was part of a larger project, supported by the Developing Young Workforce (DYW) co-ordinator for the school, which as well as exploring the science of peatland restoration also ...