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FLS and Network Rail aim to harness benefits of closer working

Friday, 01 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has teamed up with Network Rail to explore how they can better work together to manage the risks and challenges on land where they are neighbours. Access, harvesting and drainage issues, the removal of potentially dangerous trees and reducing the risk of landslips are just some of the areas where mutual advantage could be gained by working more closely together. The si...

Scolty Wood

Scolty Woods - reminder to steer clear

Friday, 01 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is again asking visitors to its woodlands to avoid Scolty Woods so as not to cause any unnecessary delay to the efforts to open up the forest for safe access. The woods have been closed for safety reasons after being significantly damaged in the series of storms earlier this year. However, members of the public continue to disregard safety and closure signage and...

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Over-flights prepare FLS for timber recovery

Friday, 01 July 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Aberdeenshire and Tayside has completed a massive effort to gather the detailed data that will inform the complex planning of full-scale recovery work in its storm damaged forests. With drones proving to be of limited use, aircraft were deployed to over-fly the most badly affected forests in Aberdeenshire and Tayside – a dispersed area of 29,000 ha , which...

Environment Minister

FLS continues to lead the way in community empowerment

Thursday, 30 June 2022

Almost 150 community groups across Scotland are taking the opportunity to benefit their communities thanks to Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) leading role in community empowerment. In its fifth annual report outlining its work, FLS highlights the existing 94 partnerships, agreements or leases with communities, as well as 19 successful asset transfers under its Community Asset Transfer Scheme...

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Steep ground felling safer forty years on

Monday, 27 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Steep Ground Felling Programme along the A82 is the most technically challenging timber harvesting in Britain. Carried out on dangerously steep slopes immediately beside a major trunk road and key utilities, the operation makes full use of state-of-the art machinery and safety measures. It is a considerable advance on how things had to be done forty years ago, when...

View over Arran

Forestry and Land Scotland is on the lookout for an island forester

Friday, 24 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is on the lookout for new forester for Arran. With the previous Forester, Andy Walker, having retired in March 2022, the local FLS team is keen to attract someone who is ready to take on the challenge of looking after its operations on the island. FLS looks after 7,000ha of forest and 3,000ha of open land. Restocking and planting around 100-110ha per year and harvestin...

Minister, Mairi McAllan

Environment Minister highlights importance of Steep Ground work in Arwen aftermath

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, yesterday (Wednesday 22 June) viewed Climate Emergency adaptation first hand during a visit to Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) steep ground timber harvesting site at Grotaig (near Invermoriston). The site is one of several in FLS’s A82 Project, which is part of its Steep Ground Tree Management Programme. The locations targeted in the Programme are char...

Mull Tower

FLS call it a day as it closes Alainn Tower permanently  

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has had to revise its improvement works at Aros Park, Mull, after inspectors have deemed the Alainn Tower unfit for purpose after discovering extensive rot within the structure.    The structure was originally built by a Forestry and Land Scotland  civil engineering team for display at the Royal Highland Show in 2008 and was relocated to Mull after the ev...

Call for responsible access

Thursday, 16 June 2022

As part of its bid to help halt biodiversity loss, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is calling on all visitors to its destinations to play their part and be mindful that forests are not there just for us. With over 300 destinations to choose from, FLS is looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Scotland’s national forests and land during the summer holidays. However, visitor acces...


Bird flu appeal to forest visitors

Friday, 10 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising all visitors to its forest destinations to avoid touching dead or apparently dying birds. The call comes in response to increasing numbers of reports of dead birds being found across Scotland from locations as far apart as Shetland, Dumfries and Aberdeenshire. FLS Wildlife Ecologist, Kenny Kortland, said; “We have already found a number of dead seabirds ...


Seed drone test-bed at Rest and Be Thankful

Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has tested the viability of using drones to plant tree seed on the hillside above the A83 in Glen Croe. The trial was carried out in March as part of FLS’ contribution to the partnership with Transport Scotland that aims to reduce the number of serious landslips that close the road up to the Rest and Be Thankful. Planting native species of trees that have been source...

Safety call as clear up work gets underway in earnest

Monday, 06 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is warning members of the public to find avoid the Tyrebagger and Scolty forests and find alternative destinations to visits as storm clear up work begins in earnest. Heavy machinery is likely to be on site until late August and in order to ensure public safety, and the completion of the clear-up work as soon as is possible, visitors are being urged to stay away. David...