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Activity sheets to bring the outdoors in for youngsters

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

If you are running out of ideas to keep younger children occupied during lockdown, then Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) may have something that could help. FLS has created a series of activity sheets for younger children that will help to keep them entertained – and away from a screen - for a while. As well as some nature themed colouring sheets, they can also puzzle their way through a bee m...

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Safety reminder as essential timber supplies released

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

As the national effort to tackled the Coronavirus continues and local people visit local forests on foot, by bike or by wheelchair to take their daily exercise, Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) is reminding the public that forest safety signs must still be obeyed. The warning comes as the FLS team working Beinn Ghuilean forest (near Campbeltown) continue with their effort to contribute 700 to...

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Fox Control

Thursday, 09 April 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has refuted recent claims that fox hunting with dogs is being carried out on the land that it manages. The organisation has made it clear that it does not allow fox hunting with dogs, that fox hunting with dogs under the Protection of Wild Mammals Act (Scotland) 2002 is illegal and a person who deliberately hunts a wild mammal with a dog commits an offence. The c...

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FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekend

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekendAhead of the long Easter weekend Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding people that all of its car parks and visitor facilities remain closed as part of Scotland’s response to the challenges of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).The closures are in support of UK and Scottish Government requirements on social distancing and on the avoidance of u...

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FLS becomes a proud Corporate Parent

Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has become a Corporate Parent ( #proudcorporateparent ) Stemming from the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Part 9), Corporate Parenting enlists the support of agencies and organisations across Scotland to promote the wellbeing of Care Experienced people.   It aims to find ways of giving these young people access to opportunities they might not ...

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A83 slip recovery work ongoing

Friday, 03 April 2020

Essential work to remediate and make safe the area of hillside that slipped and blocked the A83 earlier this year (29 January) is forging ahead. Taking care to maintain social distancing and to observe all current NHS and Government health advice relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, a team of experts has been carrying out extensive operations to stabilise the slope and construct a back-up catch-pit. ...

Fergus Ewing standing in front of timber stack

Forestry and Wood Processing sector contribution praised

Thursday, 26 March 2020

The vital role that forestry and the wood processing sectors are playing in the current COVID-19 pandemic was highlighted by Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary, Fergus Ewing, today (Thursday 26 March). Mr Ewing commended the important contribution that they are making in producing key products, such as pallets, packaging, biomass fuel and face masks, to help keep Scotland - and the UK - safe an...

Forestry and Land Scotland visitor centres to temporarily close

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is to close its visitor centres across Scotland in response to the challenges of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The move is in line with UK and Scottish Government guidelines on social distancing and prioritises the health and well-being of our staff, visitors, suppliers and contractors. As from Friday 20 March until further notice, FLS’s visitor centres across Scotland wil...

Double boost for Freshwater pearl mussels

Monday, 09 March 2020

A watercourse survey carried out ahead of work to replace culverts has uncovered a previously unknown colony of freshwater pearl mussels in north Highland. The habitat improvement work – supported with a £170,000  Biodiversity Challenge Fund grant from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and managed by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) -  will see 8000 native broadleaf trees planted in...

Secret bunker unearthed in Scottish Borders

Monday, 09 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has recently unearthed a secret WW2 underground bunker whilst carrying out felling operations in the Scottish Borders. It is thought that the small bunker in Craigielands Forest, near Moffat, was used as an operational base for an Auxilliary Unit, a secret branch of the Home Guard, often known as “Churchill’s secret army”. These specially trained teams we...

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Views sought on 20-year plan for Westfield Woodland

Wednesday, 04 March 2020

Anyone with an interest in how Westfield Woodland, near Alyth, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation being run by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS). The plan includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030 and provides a direction of travel for the following 10 years. Robin Almond, planning forester with the local FLS team, said; “A drop-...

Public warned over safety signs

Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging the public to take notice and act on the safety signs erected as felling continues at Beinn Ghuilean. The warning comes as some members of the public appear to be ignoring the safety signage, putting themselves at great risk. Felling at Beinn Ghuilean started in January in order to tackle larch trees which have been infected by Phytophthora Ramorum. The dise...

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