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Call for caution to help prevent wildfire

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

With a ‘very high –extreme’ fire risk warning in place until 17 April, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all members of the public living on Scotland’s east coast and in the central belt 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 Rescu...

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Views sought on plans for Pitlochry forests

Monday, 29 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting everyone with an interest in how two of its forests near Pitlochry are managed over the next 20 years to offer their views in an online consultation.   Fonab Forest (807 ha) lies to the south west of the town and straddles the ridge plateau between Strathtay and Strathtummel. It was originally planted around 65 years ago predominantly with Scots pi...

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Forestry and Land Scotland gearing up for visitors’ return

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is getting set to welcome back tens of thousands of visitors to its sites across the country this summer as COVID restrictions ease and Scotland prepares to take a big breath of fresh air.   FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, said;   “After what has been a very challenging year for us all, we know that across the country, people are champing at the bit to ...

A small area of forest floor on fire, surrounded by charred vegetation and ashes

FLS focus on fire-awareness

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

With a high to extreme fire risk warning in place for much of Scotland’s east coast over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is urging all members of the public to observe wildfire prevention guidance to avoid putting the emergency services under unnecessary pressure. The call comes as the likelihood of wildfire starting is increased as a result of recent dry weather, forecast s...

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New approach to deer management tenders

Monday, 22 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) inviting deer and wildlife management professionals to help shape the way that it tenders for deer culling contracts. Interested businesses are invited to help explore the potential of a more strategic approach to contracting and generate ideas to deliver these services in a differen...

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Views sought on plans for Strathspey forests

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting everyone with an interest in how its Strathspey forests are managed over the next 20 years to offer their views in an online consultation.    The new Land Management Plan, which covers a 92 km2 area including Glenmore and Inshriach, details how FLS intends to manage the site over the next ten years, and gives an indication of FLS’ plans for ...

Venison curry in a metal bowl, with naan bread, rice and lime on the side

Forestry and Land Scotland welcomes venison campaign

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

While many Scots enjoy venison in restaurants and on special occasions at home, a new campaign is urging consumers to make venison a more regular feature in their diet. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is backing the drive by Scottish Venison Association to promote venison as a healthy and sustainable meat for everyday eating. The campaign is also being supported by Scottish Government. Ven...

Safety measures on Loch Lochy walking routes during tree felling

Tuesday, 09 March 2021

People who are planning to take on the Great Glen Way or The Caledonian Way once COVID restrictions are eased are being warned to expect short delays at a section by Loch Lochy as Forestry and Land Scotland carries out some steep ground felling. (The affected section lies on the north shore of the loch, approximately 5km north from Gairlochy.) The operations, which will run from now until Marc...

New electric vehicles for forestry agencies

Friday, 05 March 2021

The latest batch of electric vehicles for use by the Scottish Government’s forestry agencies has been delivered, eight Kia ENiro’s cars and three Nissan eNV200 light commercial vans. Purchase of the eleven new, zero-emission vehicles was made possible through the Transport Scotland’s Switched on Fleets & Infrastructure 20/21 Funding, and is a step towards Forestry and Land Scotland and ...

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Public asked to help stop Cow Hill vandals

Friday, 19 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Fort William team is hoping to tap in to local community spirit to deal with anti-social behaviour and vandalism at its Cow Hill Trail.  They are asking anyone with information about recent environmental damage at the site to contact Police Scotland on 101.  David John Robertson, FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, said;   “Cow Hill is an incredibl...

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Latest 're-green' of former coal site in Central Scotland

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Work to convert former open cast coalfield sites into new areas of forest will get off to a flying start in 2021 as Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) starts work at Damside.  The 475ha (1174-acre) site, (1.5km south of Shotts) which has been remediated and restored by Hargreaves Environmental Services, is bounded by upland forestry and windfarms to the south, and mixed pastures and woodland t...

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Helicopter help for Rest & Be Thankful fencing

Monday, 15 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is advising road users that there will be some traffic management on the A83 at Glen Croe later this month (25th and 26th Feb) as the next phase of the long-term slope stabilisation project gets underway.  The woodland creation project at the Rest & Be Thankful is a partnership project between FLS, Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, that aims to contri...

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