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Forestry and Land Scotland is on the lookout for an island forester

Friday, 24 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is on the lookout for new forester for Arran. With the previous Forester, Andy Walker, having retired in March 2022, the local FLS team is keen to attract someone who is ready to take on the challenge of looking after its operations on the island. FLS looks after 7,000ha of forest and 3,000ha of open land. Restocking and planting around 100-110ha per year and harvestin...

Minister, Mairi McAllan

Environment Minister highlights importance of Steep Ground work in Arwen aftermath

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, yesterday (Wednesday 22 June) viewed Climate Emergency adaptation first hand during a visit to Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) steep ground timber harvesting site at Grotaig (near Invermoriston). The site is one of several in FLS’s A82 Project, which is part of its Steep Ground Tree Management Programme. The locations targeted in the Programme are char...

Mull Tower

FLS call it a day as it closes Alainn Tower permanently  

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has had to revise its improvement works at Aros Park, Mull, after inspectors have deemed the Alainn Tower unfit for purpose after discovering extensive rot within the structure.    The structure was originally built by a Forestry and Land Scotland  civil engineering team for display at the Royal Highland Show in 2008 and was relocated to Mull after the ev...

Call for responsible access

Thursday, 16 June 2022

As part of its bid to help halt biodiversity loss, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is calling on all visitors to its destinations to play their part and be mindful that forests are not there just for us. With over 300 destinations to choose from, FLS is looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Scotland’s national forests and land during the summer holidays. However, visitor acces...

Feather

Bird flu appeal to forest visitors

Friday, 10 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising all visitors to its forest destinations to avoid touching dead or apparently dying birds. The call comes in response to increasing numbers of reports of dead birds being found across Scotland from locations as far apart as Shetland, Dumfries and Aberdeenshire. FLS Wildlife Ecologist, Kenny Kortland, said; “We have already found a number of dead seabirds ...

Drone

Seed drone test-bed at Rest and Be Thankful

Tuesday, 07 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has tested the viability of using drones to plant tree seed on the hillside above the A83 in Glen Croe. The trial was carried out in March as part of FLS’ contribution to the partnership with Transport Scotland that aims to reduce the number of serious landslips that close the road up to the Rest and Be Thankful. Planting native species of trees that have been source...

Safety call as clear up work gets underway in earnest

Monday, 06 June 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is warning members of the public to find avoid the Tyrebagger and Scolty forests and find alternative destinations to visits as storm clear up work begins in earnest. Heavy machinery is likely to be on site until late August and in order to ensure public safety, and the completion of the clear-up work as soon as is possible, visitors are being urged to stay away. David...

Cows with collars

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...

Mountain view

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...

kids on log

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...

campsite

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,...