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View of Kilmun Hill showing patch of diseased trees

Tree disease set to scar Cowal landscape

Friday, 23 July 2021

Surveys in Cowal to detect whether a tree disease deadly to larch has spread over the winter have uncovered 60 suspected sites of new infection. Further testing will be carried out to confirm the presence of Phytophthora ramorum at the new sites - mainly in the Kilmun, Ardentinny, south Loch Eck and Lochgoilhead areas. Positive test results will result in FLS being served more Statutory Plant He...

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New deer larder at Tummel underlines FLS commitment to deer management

Friday, 23 July 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has underlined its commitment to deer management in Perthshire  with a £250k investment in a new deer larder. The new facility, which will handle around 900 carcasses every year (but which can deal with 1500), provides modern and efficient premises where venison progresses  into the human food chain from the point at which the deer was culled.  Deer num...

hillside view of carpark

Car Park plans for Ben A’an

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is planning to expand its car park at Ben A’an later this year to help ease congestion at the hugely popular site. Supported by the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, the works are not expected to start until Sept (after the busy summer season) and will see an increase of 26 spaces at the car park. In the interim, FLS is asking visitors to be considerate, plan ahead ...

View across loch Lomond to Ptarmigan Forest

Plans being developed for future of Ptarmigan Forest, Loch Lomond

Friday, 16 July 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is beginning to make preparations to fell 125,000 tonnes of timber from a hillside forest at east Loch Lomond-side that could take as long as ten-years to complete. A Land Management Plan outlining the long-term proposals for Ptarmigan Forest (opposite Tarbet) – the removal of productive conifer and the retention (and regeneration) of native woodland - will be put out...

Blue sky and sun with some clouds

Behave with care and avoid fire risk

Friday, 16 July 2021

With a ‘very high’ fire risk warning in place over the weekend for Easter Ross and Moray, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging anyone thinking of visiting a forest to observe wildfire prevention guidance and avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure. The call comes in support of warnings issued by the Scottish Fires and Rescue Service and the Scottish Wil...

View down Glen Sherup

Views sought on management of Glen Devon and Glen Sherup forests

Monday, 05 July 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Auchterarder and the Ochil Hills to offer their views on the land management plan for Glen Devon and Glen Sherup.   The two forest blocks, which cover roughly the same area as 1200 football pitches (1200 ha), are mostly made up of coniferous forest originally planted in the 1960s and 70s. The plan, which covers the next...

Public urged to report anti-social behaviour on 101

Friday, 02 July 2021

A weekend incident (26 June) which saw Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) staff verbally abused and environmental damage inflicted at a SSSI site has led FLS to call for greater public support in dealing with anti-social behaviour. A small group of young males camping at Glenmore were behaving aggressively towards FLS staff and in a way that made other members of the public feel unsafe. Their actio...

map showing locations of community projects

FLS leading the way on community empowerment

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, today (Wed 30 June) welcomed news that the aspirations of a further seven communities across Scotland are being realised through Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) exemplary Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). The Scheme, running since January 2017, enables geographic communities or communities of interest to purchase or lease land for projects that will...

Seedlings planted out in field

FLS scoping out future forestry supplies

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is surveying forestry suppliers to help it scope out the range and capacity of the sector.  Focusing on tree planting stock, seed and ancillary goods, the organisation has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to help it gain a clear picture and detailed understanding of the size, scope, capacity of the marketplace in order to help it secure best value for its...

Children looking up at tall trees

FLS welcomes people back for a safe summer

Monday, 28 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is reminding people to stay safe when visiting forests over the summer. The call comes as FLS gears up to welcome thousands of visitors over the summer as people across the country try to catch up with their trips to the great outdoors.  With staycationing on the cards and the weather looking to be good, many popular sites are going to be in high demand, so FLS ha...

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Measuring forests with airborne lasers

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is working with industry specialists to improve forest surveying through the use of drone mounted lasers.  SALTIRE - the Scottish Airborne Lidar Tool for Inventory and Resource Estimation – is based on LIDAR techniques pioneered in Finland but rarely used in the UK. It uses reflected laser pulses to build up 3D-models of vegetation and surface topography that wi...

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...

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