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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 discover ...

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 insp...

10 things to do this autumn

Monday, 21 August 2017

There’s no denying that autumn in Scotland is glorious. There's a nip in the air, the return of pumpkin spice, and the leaves start their spectacular show. To help you make the most of this special season, we've put together a list of some of our favourite budget-friendly things to do. Find out why we think autumn in the forest is so magical. 1. Colour chemistry explained Scotland has some of...

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 li...

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 on the National Forest Estate. 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 ar...

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...

8 simple ways to recharge your mind and body in the forest

Monday, 10 July 2017

Nowadays it feels like we never have a minute to stop and just relax. We’re so busy that there’s always something going on; whether it’s work, family, emotional, or other aspects of our lives. It can feel like there are always things to do or to worry about.  Being active and getting outdoors regularly is a great way to keep healthy and fit physically. It can also play an important rol...

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.

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.  

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...

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...

Pine Martens thriving in Galloway

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Foresters in Galloway FD identified a unique opportunity to record a natal den site of Pine Martens as part of a project to increase Pine Marten survival.

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...

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, dendro...

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