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Call for public input as plans for Angus Glens move forward

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting feedback on its latest plans for the future of the public forest and land within the iconic Angus Glens.  Consultations will be held on the draft land management proposals covering the long-term vision for habitat restoration in Glen Prosen and Glen Doll. The plans have been developed following the analysis of public feedback and ecological survey...

Keeping the invaders at bay: how Scotland’s foresters are battling non-native invasive species

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Invasive alien species are one of the main direct drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. In Scotland, significant efforts are being made by Forestry Land Scotland (FLS) to control invasive species, such as rhododendron, on the forests and land it manages. FLS is also tackling other invasive plant species including Salal (Gaultheria shallon) and American Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) bot...

Strategic felling on the River Feshie helping to fight flooding

Friday, 17 May 2024

A natural solution is being used to combat issues caused by frequent flooding and help protect rare species and designated habitats at the confluence of two Strathspey rivers. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has removed 40 hectares of mature conifers to create a natural flood plain at the point where the River Feshie meets the River Spey. It is hoped the newly created open space, together with ...

Endoscopes used to check owl nest boxes for Tawny owl chicks

Thursday, 16 May 2024

Forestry & Land Scotland (FLS) Environment Team in the South Region are using endoscopes to check nesting boxes for Tawny Owl chicks. The months of April and May are when the Tawny Owls typically brood young chicks. Only one clutch of eggs is laid, usually in the early spring. The Environment Team use an endoscope attached to a pole, linked via an app on their mobiles, to see inside the nest...

Remote detection in Scotland’s Rainforest?

Thursday, 16 May 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland is working with Airborne Research and Innovation in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh to explore whether airborne remote sensing technologies can help in the effort to restore Scotland’s temperate rainforests. The pilot project will see deployment of state-of-the-art drone imaging systems to collect ultra-high resolution data that will aid mappi...

Advances in machinery and working practices pivotal for peatland restoration

Friday, 10 May 2024

Advances in machinery and innovation in working practices have proved pivotal in restoring a former commercial forestry site in South Lanarkshire to its natural peatland habitat.  Nearly a decade after work was first started restoring Carnwath Moss, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and its contractors have harnessed modern technology to access and navigate exceptionally boggy ground to finis...

Rainforest restoration boost

Tuesday, 07 May 2024

An extraordinary effort by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) staff has seen the organisation exceed its in-house rainforest restoration target for ‘23/’24 by 141 per cent.   Work to help save Scotland’s Temperate Rainforests involves several tasks including rhododendron removal (to give other plant space to grow), restoring Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (returning native sp...

Stay the Night back with new destinations

Friday, 03 May 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) popular ‘Stay the Night’ will see the addition of several new locations this season. The Black Isle, Loch Lomond, Loch Awe and Aberdeenshire are the latest scenic destinations allowing visitors to overnight responsibly in FLS managed forests and will feature as part of around 40 sites stretching from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands. Stay the Night w...

Step up to help red squirrels

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is encouraging people in Fife and the central belt to help to control grey squirrels by participating in volunteer schemes that support landscape scale community action. Landowners or those who have a garden should consider controlling grey squirrels such as advocated by the Eastern Lowlands Red Squirrel Group. This is best achieved through live trapping and human...

Former Scotland Tree of the Year - “Last Ent of Affric” - playing a role in saving its species

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

An ancient elm tree that has stood alone in the far reaches of Glen Affric for hundreds of years is now the guardian over a new generation of its species. The wych elm – known as the Last Ent of Affric in homage to the tree-shepherds from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings story and a former Scottish Tree of the Year – has been chosen to help in the fight against Dutch Elm disease. Thirty-five yo...

Locals invited to get involved in their woodland

Monday, 15 April 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is looking for willing helpers from the Mount Vernon and Broomhouse areas in Glasgow to join the Greenoakhill Volunteer Group. The new group, which will meet on the second Tuesday of every month, will give local residents opportunities to play a part in helping this urban woodland flourish. Recently established on a former landfill site by FLS, working in partner...

A82 felling operation hits peak danger

Thursday, 04 April 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland will begin tree felling operations next week on the steepest part of the hillside at Loch Ness-side. Part of FLS’ long-term steep ground felling work along the length of the A82, the next phase of work, which will run from April until the end of June, will see large trees being removed from a slope that in places is 80-90 per cent sheer. FLS Planning Manager Ian Alls...