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Cow collars case study - a rural tech hit

Thursday, 16 March 2023

A ‘virtual fence’ GPS collar used on cattle, is being singled out as an exemplar of how rural industries can benefit by embracing digital technologies in Scotland. The collars, first used in 2022 by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) on cattle grazing a trial site in Dumfries & Galloway, has been so successful that FLS are using the collars for a second season this spring. The forestry bod...

Forest safety warning as diseased trees felled

Thursday, 09 March 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising members of the public to avoid an aera of woodland around Bullwood quarry in Corlarach Forest, near Dunoon, as it carries out felling work to deal with tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum. There is no known cure or treatment for the disease, which affects a number of shrub and tree species but which usually kills Larch trees. The only method of dealing with o...

Call goes out for people to develop peatland restoration skills

Wednesday, 08 March 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland has teamed up with NatureScot to next week (Monday 13 March) stage a seminar on how to get involved in peatland restoration work. The online seminar is part of a series promoting nature-based skills and the opportunities that they open up. Aimed at people interested in getting into the sector or looking for a career change, this talk will provide examples of vocational ...

New team take on Cobleland campsite

Thursday, 02 March 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Cobleland camping ground will be under new management from 1 March. Holiday park company, Allseasons Retreats, successfully bid to run the campsite that lies between Aberfoyle and Gartmore on the eastern edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The management team - Oliver Paul and David Broadhead – have extensive experience of planning, developing ...

Rainforest action boost for Forestry and Land Scotland

Thursday, 02 March 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is stepping up its activity to help save Scotland’s Rainforest thanks to £1.3 million of Scottish Government funding for recovery and restoration work. As well as reinforcing FLS’s rhododendron removal work and deer management, the funding will also secure dedicated Rainforest staff who will liaise with other partners in the Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforests to...

Communities invited to look into renewable energy

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Communities across Scotland are being encouraged to talk to Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) if they’re interested in exploring how a micro hydro scheme could benefit them.  Already 85 hydro schemes are hosted on land managed by FLS. Seven of these are community-owned from Loch Broom and Mull to Raasay and Loch Lomond. The others are a mix of private owners/operators and renewables de...

Forest safety call

Friday, 17 February 2023

In the wake of Storm Otto, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging visitors to exercise extreme caution if they are visiting woodlands in Moray, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Angus. The call comes as FLS staff move quickly to assess the levels of storm damage to the forests it manages across these areas. FLS Regional Manager, David Leven, said; “Otto has not been as bad as Storm Arwen but ...

Views sought on Swinnie Forest plans

Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Jedburgh to give their views on the management of Swinnie Forest. Swinnie, which lies 5 miles to the south west of Jedburgh, is 170ha of productive forest and the Land Management Plan (LMP) sets out how FLS intends to manage the forest over the next ten years (2023-32). The focus is on providing a dynamic and resilient habitat fo...

Forestry puzzle has FLS stumped

Thursday, 09 February 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is appealing for help in piecing together a puzzle that its South Region team uncovered in a woodland near Jedburgh. A survey being carried out as part of a land management review at Swinnie plantation, revealed an earthwork structure of about 5 acres (2ha) shaped like a jigsaw puzzle piece. Three puzzle pieces have been found within the local area all within 5km of ea...

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...