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Female natterer's bat

Bats at Tentsmuir Forest

Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Until recently conifer woodlands were not known to be great places for bats, but Tentsmuir Forest was at the forefront of changing these perceptions. In 1985 the first bat boxes were put up by the Fife Bat Group (now known as the Fife and Kinross Bat Group). Colonies of pipistrelle bats quickly moved into these boxes but, more surprisingly, they noticed the arrival of natterer's bats, a bat nor...

Dark trees in a forest at night

Spooky Stories

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Autumn might be full of colour, but when night falls, the forest can be a scary place. Dark trees, eerie sounds, a cold that steals your breath away. Give yourself a chill this halloween in some of our spookiest forests!   Blairadam  Trail: Blairenbathie Mine Trail Distance: 2 1/2 miles / 4.0 km Difficulty: Moderate  In 2008, the Wilson family spent the day in Blaira...

Harvesting operations in the forest at Wades Bridge using a cable crane and excavator

Big Douglas

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

While the majority of our timber harvesting is in fairly standard coniferous trees, occasionally something out of the ordinary comes along. Recently, a stand of extremely tall Douglas Fir came to light in an awkward location, leading to a specialist operation to harvest and sell the spectacular timber. Here's the story from our Niche Timber and Hardwood Development Advisor, Douglas (no relation!)....

Close up of conifer needles

10 things you didn't know about conifers

Thursday, 01 October 2020

To celebrate National Conifer Week, we’ve delved into our archives and mined information from our foresters to bring you 10 fun facts about this ubiquitous family of trees.   1: Latin The word ‘conifer’ comes from the Latin ‘conus’ (cone) and ‘ferre’ (to bear), which put together means ‘the one that bears cones’. Virtually all conifers produce cones though the size, s...

Group of volunteers in forest during archaeological excavation

Slow Burn: Charcoal production in Callander

Friday, 25 September 2020

Back in 2019, Forestry and Land Scotland partnered with the Callander Landscape Partnership to excavate and research multiple sites of charcoal burning found in Leny Woods. This initiative became the Leny Woods Community Archaeology Project and helped discover more about the area, the production of charcoal (a key process in manufacturing metals in the 18th and 19th centuries), and introduced a ...

Panorama of a beach under a bright blue sky; a saltire on a flagpole is flapping in the wind.

Year of Coasts & Waters 2020: Seven brilliant beach walks!

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Lead image: © Petia Koleva / Unsplash Fancy a stroll along the beach? It’s not just about forests here y’know. Scotland's weather may not always allow for glorious sparkling waters and warm sand underfoot, but that's no reason to put off a trip to the seaside. A blast of fresh air and the chance to spot seals, dolphins or porpoises can be a perfect day out for family members you...

Illustration of three Mesolithic characters by Alex Leonard © FLS 2020

Mesolithic map makers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Imagine the world of the wild harvesters, living within the wildwoods of Scotland over six thousand years ago. Our Mesolithic ancestors were at home in their environment, hunting, fishing and gathering enough to survive and prosper. Today, Scotland’s landscapes provide the best setting possible for imagining and connecting with the Mesolithic experience. Whether walking through Highland pinewood...

Collage of female engineers at Forestry and Land Scotland

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Monday, 22 June 2020

Tuesday 23 June 2020 marks the seventh International Women in Engineering Day. This campaign aims to raise the profile of those women currently working in engineering and highlight the amazing career opportunities available to women and girls in this exciting industry. We asked some of our own 'women in engineering' to tell us about their work.

Mountains, trees, a loch and low clouds in Glen Affric

World Environment Day 2020

Friday, 05 June 2020

World Environment Day is a great way to flag up all of the important work that people around the world are doing to help our environment. It’s a chance to hear lots of good news about the environment and a great pat on the back for all of the individuals, communities and organisations that are lending a hand to slowly and steadily improve the health of our environment.

An osprey in a nest looks towards another osprey sitting on a tree branch

Countdown begins

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Two adult ospreys were at the nest this morning and there appeared to be a little alarm displayed by one of the birds (possibly Mrs O?). She flew off leaving the other adult sitting on the perch on the left-hand side. One egg was clearly visible but the other two could not be seen. We are hoping that is just because of the camera angle and the eggs are safely obscured by the twigs at the front of ...

A river surrounded by trees and ferns

Biodiversity and you

Friday, 22 May 2020

"Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity," wrote Professor David Macdonald of Oxford University in The Guardian last year, and he did not exaggerate. New projects focused on the protection and conservation of habitats rich in biodiversity are being set up worldwide. So what exactly does the term mean, and what can we all do to help? We asked Forestry and Land Scotland’s Wildlife E...

An osprey nest with two ospreys - one standing and one sitting on a nearby branch

Mrs O and new beau have three eggs

Friday, 24 April 2020

Mrs O returned 27 March Tweed Valley Osprey centres have remained closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Thankfully, the remote camera at the main Tweed Valley nest has been switched on and is relaying live streaming to the online Forestry and Land Scotland website. In the absence of our dedicated volunteers who would normally be watching the screen for any exciting action, we find ourselves at ...

View of lochans, forest and mountains taken from a hilltop

Things to look forward to

Thursday, 09 April 2020

Whilst we would normally be encouraging your visits to enjoy all our forests and land have to offer, the government’s vital ongoing restrictions on travel mean we must look a bit closer to home for our daily dose of fresh air. This is an inconvenience for many of us but it's worth remembering this is a temporary and minor inconvenience that plays a major contribution to the fight against Corona...