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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

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Our top 3 spots for forest bathing

Monday, 13 May 2019

Known in Japan as 'shinrin-yoku' which translates as "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing" – was developed in Japan during the 1980s. It may sound simple, but forest bathing offers a timeless truth - time spent in a forest and amongst nature reduces stress and promotes a feeling of wellbeing. There is even a healthy body of research supporting the idea...

Osprey flying into a nest with a fish

SS is 20, and we are celebrating!

Monday, 13 May 2019

SS drops in with a fish for Mrs O Birthday celebration for SS 20th The Friends of Kailzie Wildlife has successfully been awarded a grant for Tweed Valley Osprey Project to hold a celebration to mark the 20th birthday of white leg SS, the male osprey on the main nest since 2004. To mark the occasion we are holding a celebration in the Osprey Centre at Kailzie Gardens on 8 June, and will be havi...

Large brown beaver on shore of loch with tail wrapped around itself

Meet the beavers of Knapdale

Friday, 03 May 2019

  In 2009, the area around Knapdale forest was chosen for a very special project. The plan was to reintroduce a beaver population into the wild in Scotland, and scientifically monitor their impact on the environment. Thus far, it has been a huge success, providing huge amounts of data about these industrious creatures.  The original beavers, brought in from Norway as part of the Scotti...

An osprey standing in its nest

Time to incubate

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

It has been a very busy week on the main osprey nest in the Tweed Valley. The resident pair, Mrs O and SS have settled down together for the season. After laying an egg on Easter Sunday, Mrs O then went on to lay two more over the next few days. Egg number 2 arrived on Wednesday 24 April, and the volunteer on duty on Friday 26 April got a lovely surprise when she found a third egg that morning. ...

Fergus Ewing MSP

New agencies, new branding, new talent!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

  The creation of new agencies, Scottish Forestry and Forestry and Land Scotland, represents the start of a new chapter for forestry in Scotland. It’s a pivotal time in forestry and an exciting one now that forestry is fully devolved to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament and two new forestry agencies have been created.

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Achnabreac Short Story Competition: The Winner

Thursday, 25 April 2019

A few weeks back, we ran a short story competition inspired by the Neolithic carvings at Achnabreac. These stunning examples of ‘cup and ring’ marks, carved thousands of years ago by our prehistoric ancestors, have always been something of a mystery. We thought we’d ask you, our readers, to provide a few theories about their origins. Well, we weren’t disappointed with the results! With ...

Osprey in nest

Ospreys and eagles come home to roost

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Our bird blogs are back in action for 2019! Things are already getting interesting, with two eggs delivered by regular Tweed Valley resident osprey Mrs O. and her partner SS, while our beloved Aberfoyle osprey Clarach has also been seen mating with her partner - we’re sharing news from that nesting site on The Lodge’s Facebook page. The mating season is now in full swing, so we can expect mo...

An osprey in a nest over its eggs

An Easter surprise…

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Mrs O with her 'Easter egg' Towards the end of last week, it was becoming clear that Mrs O was due to lay an egg at the main nest. Since her arrival back to the territory, she had been with her partner, regularly mating in the nest. A concerted team effort saw them build the nest up in readiness for the new arrivals, and then line it with copious, comfortable-looking, soft, dried moss. Come Ea...

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The John Muir Way celebrates its fifth birthday

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Last week the John Muir Way, the long distance route running from Dunbar in East to Helensburgh in the West, celebrated its fifth birthday. The lengthy, winding route is named after John Muir, a pioneer of conservation who emigrated from Scotland to America in 1848, aged 10. Muir was part of a group of activists that fought to protect Yosemite Valley in California, and helped to create the world...

Two ospreys standing in a nest together

Mrs O and SS – feathering their nest…

Friday, 19 April 2019

Mrs O and SS are displaying real signs of togetherness and pair bonding in 2019 Since arriving last week, our main nest pair have settled in at their familiar territory and begun the serious business of making their nest secure and structurally tight. On Wednesday 10 April, SS brought in a large, lichen-covered stick for the nest. He placed it up at the top end but was clearly not happy with it...

SS in the misty rain Mrs O on perch with fish

The 2019 osprey season begins - SS & Mrs O return

Thursday, 18 April 2019

SS in the mist, back at the main nest… The Tweed Valley Osprey Project has had a very happy start to the 2019 season. Both the distinctive white leg of SS and his partner Mrs O have been spotted, and they have safely returned from their migration to their nest site. Both arrived on Saturday 6 April, and by Sunday, they had begun mating. They seem to be ready for a season together again. SS h...

The first foresters illustration

Behind the Scenes: Creating 'The First Foresters'

Monday, 08 April 2019

  'The First Foresters' is a free-to-access learning resource combining an inspirational blend of archaeological discussion, creative indoor activities and practical outdoor learning. The beautifully illustrated booklet links today’s native woodlands, the ancient wildwood of the past and the Neolithic pioneers who ventured into it over 6000 years ago.  

Two brown stags with large antlers walking amongst tall trees and orange grasses

Where to spot wildlife in Scotland’s forests

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

With spring and the Easter holidays just around the corner, now's the perfect time to start planning your trip to Scotland's best loved wild places. Recently, we've looked at kids activities on a budget, the perfect pit-stops for those long car journeys, and even picked our favourite chilled-out forest trails for a bit of 'forest bathing.' This time, we've selected our ten best destinations for ...

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Picking the perfect pit-stop

Thursday, 07 March 2019

Image: Alvan Nee / Unsplash Although last week's early flash of warm weather may have blown away in the March winds for now, Spring is most definitely in the air! Scotland’s beautifully rugged great outdoors is just waiting to be explored. Whether you're after a woodland walk with a furry friend, or a longer weekend stroll with the whole family, we've picked ten spots per...

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