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Moth on stone

Join the search for the Lunar Yellow Underwing moth

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The hunt is on at the wildlife-rich coastal forest of Tentsmuir this August, as staff from Forestry and Land Scotland and Butterfly Conservation Scotland team up to track down the elusive and endangered Lunar Yellow Underwing moth. Over the past decade, the Lunar Yellow Underwing has become exceptionally scarce in Scotland. As far as our experts are aware, Tentsmuir is the moth's sole surviving...

An osprey looks down upon two other osprey in a nest

Season finale!

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sadly, this week is my last week for the summer osprey season… but it has been a great year at the main nest and the three young ospreys are doing really well. They give the impression of feistiness and strength, especially when compared with last years young ones. The youngsters hanging out There have been some superb name suggestions sent to us, and eventually, we decided on a lunar theme....

4 ospreys in and around a nest

All about survival…

Friday, 09 August 2019

Mrs O and her three young but very grown up ospreys. All three young ospreys from the main nest are now flying and the good news is that they are returning to the nest to feed. Mrs O and SS are still here and SS is still bringing fish back for the young offspring, but there is a definite shift in the attitudes and personalities of the three young birds. By far the most assertive is 302, the you...

An osprey takes off from a nest

We have lift off!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

First flight The first successful flights have been achieved by the main nest’s young ospreys this week. The young male was first to take flight, with his sisters following his lead over the next two days. 302 takes to the air for the first time from his elevated position on the branch On a scorching 25 July - the hottest day of the year - the three young ospreys were on the nest without th...

A man and two women drinking from mugs while sat around a campstove

It's great outdoors: Wild camping, glamping and more

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Copyright Forestry & Land Scotland / Robert C. Brady When the sun shines, it’s the perfect time to dust off the camping gear, pack up the essentials and herd the family out the front door. Head to the countryside, and spend a night or two under the canvas! After all, what could be better than waking up in the wild? If you’re looking for the perfect place to pitch up in the woods, look ...

Osprey flapping its wings

Pre-flight checks…

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wing-flapping exercises The main nest osprey chicks are eight weeks old this week! This week, the fortunes of the young male osprey have turned about; he has been the underdog of the brood for much of his growing life. He was regularly last in the queue to be fed by Mrs O; so much so that he learned to hang back instead of lining up with his more powerful sisters. The week started off with muc...

Chaffinches surround an osprey nest

Seven weeks old

Thursday, 18 July 2019

A surprise visit Tiny chaffinches on the tree above the right hand branch The young ospreys on the main nest were treated to a surprise visit from a delightful family of chaffinches this week. At least seven young birds flocked into the branches to the side of the nest and were busy preening, unphased by the presence of three young but large predators sitting in the nest next to them. The ospr...

Two women sit behind three ospreys

Ringed and tagged

Monday, 15 July 2019

It's ringing time again This time of year seems to come around so fast. It feels like only yesterday we were waiting for birds to arrive, then eggs, then hatching. Now we are six weeks into the young ospreys lives and it’s time to fit their leg rings and tracking devices. Expedition main nest ringing The team from Forestry and Land Scotland and the Raptor Study Group, consisting of Tony Light...

A woman with a log in her right hand holding out her left arm as a bird lands on it.

First steps in forestry: Hannah Humphreys

Friday, 12 July 2019

  Meet Hannah Humphreys, one of four Careerwise placement students who will be working for Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) this summer, in partnership with Equate Scotland. While studying Environmental Biology at Napier University, about to start her final year, Hannah hopes to gain valuable experience working on a range of applied ecology projects, including surveying deadwood insects...

Vintage car driving along a tree-lined road

Wild country: An introduction to our Forest Drives

Thursday, 11 July 2019

With summer in full swing, our three Forest Drives showcase the best that Scotland’s forests and land have to offer, with breathtaking scenery, winding forest trails, glittering lochs and mysterious ruins and castles hidden amongst the whispering trees. Because they are accessible by car, you can see a lot of our Forest Parks on these drives in just one trip, without having to do more walking...

A large, yellow harvesting machine chopping down trees in a forest.

Peatland Restoration – the fight against climate change

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Our peatlands can play an important role in tackling today’s global climate emergency. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is doing its bit to reduce the impacts of climate change on a number of fronts – one of these is through restoring our precious peatland bogs. Formed from waterlogged carbon rich, dead and decaying plant material, peatlands are the largest worldwide carbon store. They are h...

Close-up of two women walking towards the camera across a bridge

Urban forests around Glasgow and Edinburgh

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

A forest adventure is often closer than you think. If you’re one of the over 1 million people that call Edinburgh or Glasgow home, you may be surprised to know there are several forests on the doorstep to your city, just waiting to be explored. With recent research suggesting that people who live near and relax in their local woodlands are three times less stressed than their less fortunate ur...

Three ospreys in a nest

Five weeks old

Monday, 08 July 2019

On 30 June the three osprey chicks reached five weeks of age and are looking very impressive with their feather-covered upper bodies. There is still some grey down, below their bellies, but the upper feathering has given them waterproof jackets; just as well with thundery downpours shaking the forest this week. Mrs O still does her best to shield them from the extremes of weather, but her protecti...

An illustration of an Iron Age hillfort, as seen from above.

Behind the scenes: Archaeology from the sky

Monday, 01 July 2019

Copyright FLS by Skyscape Survey 2019   The Iron Age hillfort of Castle Hill above Glentress is probably around 2500 years old, give or take a few centuries. The site has never been excavated and is not the easiest to read on the ground. But from the sky you can see an unusual series of earthworks – an earlier settlement enclosed by two concentric rings of double palisades, followed...

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