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Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) ongoing efforts to find hi-tech solutions to the practical and logistical issues in forestry practice is tapping into a new range of skills and expertise.

FLS’s fourth collaboration with CivTech aims to improve the effectiveness of wildlife management and has set the challenge of developing new technological approaches to wildlife tracking in the rugged Scottish landscape.  

For the Exploration Stage FLS has selected four companies to develop their applications for the challenge and bringing to bear their experience from the aerospace, digital mapping, computing and forestry sectors.

The four companies are:

Project Manager for FLS, Veronica Lyne-Pirkis, said;    

“The great thing about working with CivTech is that we are able to access a phenomenal range of expertise that we might otherwise not engage with.

“Bringing fresh eyes and different ways of thinking to a problem are usually very effective ways of finding solutions to those problems.

“We are very excited that our innovation journey continues to re-shape modern forestry and we are looking forward to seeing what ideas these four companies develop.”

FLS has opted to work with four companies, instead of the more usual three, in order to fully explore all of the innovative ideas that have been put forward.

Part of the CivTech Round 9, FLS’s project is worth up to £650,000 and is part funded through CivTech’s Innovate for Nature initiative.

Full details of the Challenge can be found on the CivTech Scotland website. 

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.

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  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 07785 527590 or