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View of Loch Morlich shoreline

No fishing at Loch Morlich

Friday, 18 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is reminding visitors to Loch Morlich that fishing is not permitted at the site. FLS took the decision last year to stop issuing fishing permits because of the increasing popularity of the loch for other water based activities. Laura McNally, for the FLS team in the area, said; “Loch Morlich is a designated bathing area for swimmers, rowers, canoeists and paddle boa...

Roseisle carpark

Car-park closures

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Residents in Nairn, Forres, Elgin and surrounding communities are being advised by Forestry and Land Scotland that its carparks at Roseisle Forest and at Wellhill in Culbin Forest are to be closed for resurfacing. The work is expected to take three or four days at each location but will be carried out in separate weeks to facilitate access. Roseisle will be closed Mon 21st to Wed 23rd June and C...

Map of forest

Comments invited on Gamesleuch plan

Monday, 14 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Ettrick to offer their views on the land management plan for Gamesleuch.   This 477 hectare woodland (1km east of Ettrick) is mostly made up of coniferous forest originally planted in the early and mid 1970's. The plan, which covers the next ten years and also presents a longer-term vision for the management of the area, foc...

Seeds in jar in lab

CivTech seed innovation to help trees grow with less water

Wednesday, 09 June 2021

A revolutionary new, wholly eco-friendly seed coating and soil treatment that boosts tree seed germination is being trialled at Forestry and Land Scotland’s Newton Nursery with great success. Growing tree seeds require substantial amounts of water so they can often struggle to germinate in conditions of soil moisture deficit. The new seed coating and soil treatment trap moisture around the seed...

Close up of micro-hydro overflow

Ridge path diversion for forestry ops

Tuesday, 08 June 2021

Hill walkers and climbers visiting Lochaber are advised that access to Beinn a Bheither, by South Ballachulish, will be affected by a diversion as Forestry and Land Scotland carries out some tree felling operations. The diversion – and bankspersons to advise walkers – will be in place from the beginning of July for a period of six weeks. The felling work is to help prepare the site for the d...

Fire fighters in smoking heath

Fire safety call to forest visitors

Tuesday, 08 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has urged all forest visitors to follow good fire prevention practice after a devastating but preventable wildfire broke out near Loch Morlich over the weekend. (5-6 June) Around seven hectares of forest (equal to around seven football pitches in size) were damaged in the incident, which was attended by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) units on Saturday afternoon...

Five people with tools and wheelbarrows planting trees on a hillside

Craigmonie Woodland, Drumnadrochit has a new lease of life

Thursday, 03 June 2021

Members of the Craigmonie Woodland Association (CWA) have been celebrating the success of their efforts with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) as their local woodland takes on a new lease of life. With overly mature conifers removed, a network of rebuilt trails to improve access and the planting of over 2000 native trees, the site is increasingly being enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Sandra...

view of forest site with wind turbines

Feedback sought on ten-year management plan for Kilgallioch forest

Thursday, 03 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Barrhill to offer their views on the development of a revised Land Management Plan for Kilgallioch forest.   This 2,582 hectare woodland is located approximately three kilometres south of Barrhill in South Ayrshire, and is also partly in Dumfries and Galloway. The site comprises of a conifer forest interspersed with broadleav...

trees and brash stacked at roadside

Maximising fibre recovery from Scotland's national forests and land

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is developing a process to maximise the recovery of wood fibre from forestry sites.   Wood fibre can include round timber such as logs, harvest residue such as branches and tree tops (known as brash) and even immature trees, such as those that have to be felled in order to deal with diseased forest trees. In the past, some of this residual material has been ...

Harvesting machine at work

FLS scopes out forestry services

Monday, 17 May 2021

As it gears up to procure harvesting, extraction and chainsaw services for a new round of contracts,  Forestry and Land Scotland is surveying forestry contractors to help it scope out the range and capacity of the sector. The organisation has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to help it gain a clear picture and detailed understanding of the size, scope, capacity, and future aspirati...

Badly parked cars

Visitors to Ben Wyvis urged to have 'plan B' ready

Monday, 17 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking visitors to Ben Wyvis to plan ahead and have a ‘plan B’ destination in mind in case the car park is too full when they arrive. The call comes as growing numbers of visitors emerge from lockdown restrictions and come to the site to enjoy the Munro and the National Nature Reserve. Although the hill is managed by NatureScot, access – and parking – i...

Bruce with trophy

Balfour Browne Trophy recognises outstanding contribution to deer management

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Bruce Sewell has been awarded the Balfour Browne Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the management of wild deer in Scotland. Bruce (who is based in Doune, Perthshire) has been a Forest Management Officer with FLS since 2010 and over the years has worked closely with policy makers and public and private land managers to help government, regulators and practit...

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