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Work begins on new environmentally sensitive cabins at Glentress

Thursday, 02 February 2023

Work is to begin later this month to develop 56 environmentally sensitive Forest Holidays cabins at Glentress. This work, which is taking place in and around the current Buzzard’s Nest car park, skills park and freeride area, is the latest phase of the Glentress Masterplan delivery.  This plan aims to boost tourism and the long-term future for economic growth in the Tweed Valley and South...

Landing experience: student interns learn practical and technical skills working hands-on in forestry

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Counting voles and ringing bats is all a day’s work for the five ecology interns on placement with Forestry & Land Scotland (FLS) for the next 12 months. They’re working out in the field during a year’s break from their degree courses, learning new, practical skills and working alongside experienced ecologists and land managers. The interns are the first-ever intake of ecology interns ...

Volunteers required for new Bothy project in West Argyll

Monday, 23 January 2023

Volunteers keen on getting in on a bothy-build are being invited to get in touch with the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA). The build – or renovation – will be of a disused building that has been licensed to the MBA by land manager Forestry and Land Scotland’s West Region team. Located south east of Oban and north of Lochgilphead, the building – Druimnashallag – was built in 1891 but w...

Seasonal Rangers wanted

Thursday, 19 January 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking to recruit seasonal rangers to help manage visitors to some of it’s hot-spot destinations during the summer. As the largest provider of outdoor recreation in Scotland with over 300 visitor destinations to look after, the increase in ‘staycations’ over the last few years has seen a significant increase in visitor numbers. The ongoing staycation trend, c...

Effort to slow tree disease moves to new Trossachs forests

Friday, 13 January 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising that access restrictions and diversions will be in place at several locations across the Trossachs as work begins to tackle forests affected by tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, which attacks larch trees. The work – which has already started at Loch Ard and is scheduled for Braeval and Balmaha from mid-January until March – will involve some diversions...

New research suggests squirrel aid re-think required 

Tuesday, 27 December 2022

New research and a five-year study of red squirrel behaviour indicate that conservation efforts targeting one of Scotland’s most-loved species need to be rethought.  One report - from Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Inverness and Heriot-Watt University - indicates that red squirrel populations are viable in landscapes managed for timber u...

Major access restrictions to north edge of Tentsmuir planned for New Year

Monday, 05 December 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland will this month begin major forestry works along the north coastal section of Tentsmuir Forest to clear damage caused by Storm Arwen last winter. The work planned for December should not impact access but from January 2023 the felling operations, which will include the removal of the remaining standing trees in this section of forest, will see diversions in place with m...

Arran bridge work keeps school project on track

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) South Region team has helped keep the wheels on Arran High School Mountain Bike Club’s plans to develop an all-weather skills trail facility at Dyemill Forest, Lamlash. Following a successful asset transfer request to FLS the Club purchased 5.71 hectares of land at Dyemill Forest.  The project was given a written offer of funding from SportsScotland - a...

FLS and COTAG boost north-east’s resilience

Saturday, 26 November 2022

Following last year’s exceptional storm events, Forestry and Land Scotland is helping to boost resilience and winter preparedness levels by hosting (26 Nov) a Community Off-road Transport Action Group (COTAG 4x4 Response) in Aultmore Forest. A registered Scottish Charity, the group consists of around 44 community-minded men and women from across northeast Scotland, who as unpaid volunteers work...

Campsite Management Company Appointed To Refresh Speyside’s Glenmore Site

Monday, 21 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has announced that Twinflower will take on management of the Glenmore campsite on the shores of Aviemore’s Loch Morlich.  A new dedicated Scottish outdoor business, Twinflower has been established by the management team behind the multi-award-winning Holdfast Entertainment Company and will commence operating the site from 1 December 2022.  The Scottis...

Blairadam Christmas trees 'bough' out

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland’s team in Fife will not be opening the Christmas Tree sales centre at Blairadam this year. With more and more outlets selling trees over the past few years, fewer people have been visiting FLS’ sales centre and it has become uneconomical to continue. Andrew Clark, Regional Visitor Services Manager for FLS said; “We know that  our not being there this year w...

Beinn Ghuilean Land Management Plan Consultation

Monday, 14 November 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Campbeltown to help shape a new Land Management Plan for Beinn Ghuilean Forest.  A popular recreational resource and part of the Woods in and Around Towns (WIAT) initiative the 144 ha, (roughly half a square mile) 40 year-old forest consists mostly of Sitka Spruce and Larch, although small areas of Pine and native broadleaves...