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Major peatland restoration milestone reached

Monday, 04 March 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland has set 10,000 hectares of peatland – on land it manages – on the road to recovery through ‘re-wetting’ sites. This significant milestone has been reached through years of dedicated work undertaken by FLS staff and contractors working on sites across Scotland – including at Kintyre and Lochaber in the west, Carnwath and Flanders Moss in central Scotland and Sk...

Communities invited to input on plans to develop 7stanes centres

Monday, 26 February 2024

Communities and local businesses in the south of Scotland are being encouraged to come along to a series of workshops and have their say on the development of new plans for Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) mountain bike trail centres - known as the 7stanes.    FLS is looking to mirror the successful delivery of the Glentress Masterplan by setting out the future of the remaining...

Galloway Forest Park pond made dragonfly-friendly 

Monday, 26 February 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has worked with a local contractor to give a pond in Galloway Forest Park a dragonfly-friendly makeover.  FLS had identified the pond as an area of importance for dragonflies and earmarked it for improvement under its land management plan for the area. Unfortunately, someone illegally added fish to the pond around 2013 and work couldn’t proceed until it wa...

Harvesting detours on West Highland Way until end of March

Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging walkers on the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way to observe all safety signage and follow on-site instruction as harvesting work begins at key locations in Garadhban Forest (north of Drymen). Road users and cyclists using National Cycle Route 7 are also being advised that traffic management is in place that might result in short but unavoidable delay...

New Chief Exec for Forestry and Land Scotland

Thursday, 15 February 2024

Kevin Quinlan, current Director of Environment and Forestry (EnFor) with the Scottish Government, is to take up a new role as the Chief Executive of Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). Mr Quinlan will take up the reins in April 2024, following the retirement of current CE, Simon Hodgson. Mr Quinlan, said; “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). FLS i...

More new beavers for Knapdale

Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Two more beavers have been released at Knapdale to help consolidate the population and strengthen the beaver community’s chance of breeding success. The latest releases, a translocation of animals from Tayside as licensed by NatureScot, was facilitated by Forestry and Land Scotland and the Beaver Trust, and follows on from the release of six animals last month. Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer, Head ...

Scotland’s forests and woodland supporting mental health

Thursday, 08 February 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland is teaming up with the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to support children and young people’s mental health. Community rangers are involved in several CAMHS programmes across the central region that make the most of Scotland's rural and urban woodlands and forests by allowing children and young people to connect with the natural world. FLS is t...

Artificial dens in Dumfriesshire plantations boost pine marten populations 

Monday, 05 February 2024

Surveys conducted in two Dumfriesshire forests show that artificial dens are boosting pine marten numbers in productive timber plantations.  The plantations in Forest of Ae and Castle O’er are managed by Forestry and Land Scotland and produce over 120,000 tonnes of timber each year.  They’re also home to growing populations of pine marten, a native predator species that gained prot...

Clear up operation in full swing for storm damaged areas

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland is working to clear up damage caused by winter storms to forests across the north. A helicopter survey of the area has been undertaken to assess the scale and impact of the damage that includes fallen trees and blocked roads. It is anticipated that in some locations work could take months with extensive tree clearance works and trail repairs needed. Paul Hibberd, FLS...

Stay safe and avoid storm damaged areas  

Friday, 12 January 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging forest visitors to steer clear of several of its forests across the north that have been affected by winter storms.  For public safety, car parks and trails at several destinations have been closed, including Feshiebridge, Uath Lochans, River Oich and Torr Dhuin.   It is anticipated that in some locations clearing the storm damage could take mo...

B828 closure to continue until rock risk removed

Thursday, 11 January 2024

Forestry and Land Scotland is working with geotechnical contractors to make safe two unstable 350 tonne boulders – and a number of smaller ones - on a hillside above the B828. High up the slope and above the source area of a landslide that occurred in October 2023, signs of movement of the rocks became visible in the run-up to Christmas. Geotechnical experts assess the situation and the level...

Dalbeattie MtB restrictions for February

Thursday, 11 January 2024

Mountain bikers and other forest visitors are being advised that the Dalbeattie Richorn (7Stanes) car park will be closed at the beginning of February. The move will allow Forestry and Land Scotland, which looks after the 7Stanes trails and the surrounding forests, to carry out harvesting operations. It is hoped that weather permitting the operations will be completed in time to re-open the car ...