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Satellites control where cows graze to promote biodiversity

Friday, 03 June 2022

Cows will be kept under control with GPS collars linked to satellites, in a trial of virtual fence technology -  the first in Scotland by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). The system, pioneered by Norwegian company Nofence, combines a digitally mapped fenceline with the GPS mapping of the cows movement around the site to signal the collars worn by the cows when the animals wander too cl...

Disc golf players

New Disc Golf course for Mull

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Visitors to Forestry and Land Scotland’s Aros Park on Mull will soon be able to try out a new free activity – Disc Golf. The sport, popularised in the US but now a fast-growing sport world-wide, requires players to make their way around a course using a flying disc instead of clubs and golf balls, and metal baskets replacing holes. The baskets have hanging chains above them that are designed...

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Reminder of access impact as Leanachan North Face works begin

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is reminding forest visitors that forestry operations will begin in Leanachan Forest (near Fort William) from this week. There are two distinct phases of work. From May ’22 civil engineering works that will allow harvesting work later in the year will cause significant disruption to visitors on the roads (Map 2). Map 2   The harvesting – which will begin i...

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FLS consults on Draft Communities Strategy

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting feedback from people across Scotland on how to further grow its work with communities across the country and make best use of Scotland's national forest and land. FLS engages communities on decisions about how it manages the national forests through its land management plans and in a wide range of projects and activities – from staging events or facilitati...

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Forestry and Land Scotland  looking for campsite Operators 

Friday, 20 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking to find new operator (s) to run its three Camping in the Forest sites in Scotland under long term lease arrangements. Following a recent buyout from The Camping and Caravanning Club, FLS now directly oversee the forest camping business at its Cashel campsite on Loch Lomond side, at Cobleland, near Aberfoyle and at Glenmore near Aviemore. FLS Chief Executive,...

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Exciting discovery of rare moth presents poser for experts

Friday, 20 May 2022

A rare species of moth that is increasingly hard to find in its usual central Highlands locations has been found on a Lowland Raised bog in Fife. Normally associated with dry moorland habitat where it can find its main food plant, Bearberry, the Small Dark Yellow Underwing (SDYU) is only found in the UK at sites in the Cairngorms and Highland Perthshire, with one outlying location in Easter Ross....

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FLS seeks partners in bid to capture an additional one million tonnes of carbon

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is calling for corporate investors to help progress woodland creation and peatland restoration projects on land that it manages – and capture one million tonnes of CO2. The opportunities are spread across Scotland and are in various stages of development in anticipation of there being keen interest from the private sector. This pipeline of projects can only be ...

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New path upgrades at Fort Augustus courtesy of SSEN Transmission

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Visitors to Forestry and Land Scotland’s forests around Fort Augustus will benefit from path and bridge upgrades on the local trails – thanks to SSEN Transmission. The move –prompted by recently retired Highland Council leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson – followed liaison with the local community and is a ‘thank you’ for local residents’ cooperation and understanding during SSEN ...

Storm tree loss could speed up River South Esk restoration efforts

Monday, 16 May 2022

The damage caused by storms Arwen and Corrie could speed up efforts to restore a strip of land along the River South Esk and the White Water in Glen Doll, Angus.   Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has been working with partners on the River South Esk Catchment Partnership since 2016, although they began their own restoration efforts beforehand. FLS has planted over 6000 native trees - ...

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Locals invited to find out more about future plans for Ptarmigan Forest

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting local residents to come along to one of several drop-in sessions to find out more about plans to harvest 125,000 tonnes of timber from a hillside forest at east Loch Lomond-side. Part of the ongoing work in the Ben Lomond Memorial Landscape, the long-term proposals for the site - outlined in The Ptarmigan Land Management Plan - include the removal of product...

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Glentress Masterplan delivery underway

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland will next week (16 May) break ground on the long-awaited Glentress Masterplan development. After almost two years of COVID-19 delays the main contractor, Robertson’s Construction, will begin working on the infrastructure and facility improvements at the site that will help maintain and enhance its standing as a major tourism destination. The Glentress Masterplan ...

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Major forest operation at Kirkhill to affect A96

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Aberdeenshire road users are advised that major forestry works at Kirkhill Forest, just off the A96 at Tyrebagger beside Dyce, will see traffic management in place from  6th to 17th June 2022. Forestry and Land Scotland will be working with Transport Scotland and teams from BEAR and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution to clear wind-blown and unstable standing trees...