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Moth on flower

Hunt for the elusive Inverness Twitcher

Tuesday, 06 August 2019

A rare moth that is thought to be unique to Glen Affric will be the focus of a survey this month (August 12th) – exactly 100 years to the day since the first recorded sighting of the species in the UK.First discovered in the glen near Fasnakyle on the 12th August 1919, Choreutis diana, known colloquially as the ‘Inverness Twitcher’, is a small day-flying moth that has only been seen sporadic...

tree seedling about to be lifted from tray

Help solve the problem of Scotland's wasted tree seed

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Meeting the challenges of growing more young trees from seed will significantly strengthen Scotland’s contribution to tackling the climate emergency. That’s the premise behind a new Scottish Government ‘Innovation Challenge’ offering research and development funding for ideas to improve the yield from Scotland’s existing seed stock. Forestry and Land Scotland has set out the challeng...

Carie bridge

Carie bridge closed

Friday, 12 July 2019

A bridge offering a shortcut access to one of south Loch Rannoch’s best forest walks has been closed following a recent structural inspection. The Carie bridge, which lies just north of Forestry and Land Scotland’s Kilvrecht campsite, will remain closed until further notice. Fiona Robertson, area visitor services manager for FLS in the area, said; “Public safety is always our number one c...

Aerial view of Clashindarroch

Views sought on Clashindarroch management plan

Friday, 12 July 2019

Members of the public are invited to comment on a draft land management plan that Forestry and Land Scotland has prepared for the Clashindarroch area, south west of Huntly, Aberdeenshire. As well as including the Clashindaroch Forest, the plan covers Brown hill and the Darroch Wids sites of Coynachie, Merdrum and Black Middens and incorporates the recent acquisitions of Ittingstone, Culdrain and ...

Tweed Valley Trails Association

Groundbreaking mountain biking agreement

Thursday, 11 July 2019

A new ground breaking agreement between Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and the Tweed Valley Trails Association (TVTA) aims to strengthen links with the mountain biking community in the area. Under the new agreement, the TVTA has been given the go ahead to take responsibility for the management and maintenance of three unauthorised trails that are currently being used in the Tweed Valley. This ...

Forest cabin

£12million cabins proposal consultation sessions

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Two public consultation events that aim to explain and showcase a £12 million proposal for 50 eco sensitive holiday cabins at Leanachan Forest, Lochaber, are being held next week. The proposed cabin location by Forest Holidays – part of the Forestry and Land Scotland 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan – is intended to supplement and complement the existing holiday offer in ...

Felled forest hillside

Forest restoration work sees long-ignored gorge tackled

Thursday, 27 June 2019

As part of Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) long running project to restore Caledonian Pine woodland at Achnashellach, a section of over-mature planted conifers at Allt na Choinais has recently been removed. But it was anything but an easy job. Planted on a difficult and steep slope and isolated on the wrong side of a deep inaccesible gorge, getting them off the hill had proved too difficult...

Charity event on hill

Mither Tap fundraiser success

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The top of the Mither Tap (Mother’s Breast) was recently (Sunday 23 June) the location for a breast cancer fundraiser – ‘Bennachie’s Biggest Bosie’ – that saw the formation of a 400 link-strong human chain around the summit. Organised by the Bailies of Bennachie, the event was supported by Forestry and Land Scotland and was boosted by sunny weather and the Kintore pipe band. Jac...

Culbin viewing tower

Culbin's famous viewing tower closed

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that the Hill 99 viewing tower in Culbin Forest, that offers spectacular views across the forest and the Moray Firth, has been closed due to safety concerns. In a recent inspection of the viewing tower (14 June) found that some of the decking boards had degraded. Justin Livesey, Visitor Services Manager for the FLS team in the area, said; “Our routine in...

woodland cabin

Nevis Forest Masterplan set to move off the drawing board with eco-cabins proposal

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A key step in delivering Forestry and Land Scotland’s 20-year, £25million Nevis Forest Master Plan will be made this week (w/c 17 June), when cabin tourism company, Forest Holidays, will submit a pre-application notification to the Highland Council. Forest Holidays, one of the partners in the project, operates ten eco-cabin sites across the UK. As a long term partner of Forestry and Land Scotl...

View of Drummond Hill beyond Kenmore

Drummond Hill review aims to manage the impact of tree disease

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A review of the future management plan for Drummond Hill will have to tackle the threat to larch of an approaching tree disease. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), which manages the site, is preparing for the worst now that Phytophthora ramorum, which infects and kills larch, has been confirmed on trees less than 10 kilometres from Drummond Hill. Robin Almond, Planning Forester for the FLS team i...

Mountain image from Glen Affric

Views wanted on forestry agency corporate plan

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is seeking views on looking after Scotland’s national forests and land, for the benefit of all, now and for the future. A public consultation has started on a Draft Corporate Plan for the new Scottish Government agency, which was established on 1st April this year. The plan sets out the agency’s proposed direction of travel and priorities for the next three y...

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