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We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland's forests. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

trees and brash stacked at roadside

Maximising fibre recovery from Scotland's national forests and land

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is developing a process to maximise the recovery of wood fibre from forestry sites.   Wood fibre can include round timber such as logs, harvest residue such as branches and tree tops (known as brash) and even immature trees, such as those that have to be felled in order to deal with diseased forest trees. In the past, some of this residual material has been ...

Harvesting machine at work

FLS scopes out forestry services

Monday, 17 May 2021

As it gears up to procure harvesting, extraction and chainsaw services for a new round of contracts,  Forestry and Land Scotland is surveying forestry contractors to help it scope out the range and capacity of the sector. The organisation has published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to help it gain a clear picture and detailed understanding of the size, scope, capacity, and future aspirati...

Badly parked cars

Visitors to Ben Wyvis urged to have 'plan B' ready

Monday, 17 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is asking visitors to Ben Wyvis to plan ahead and have a ‘plan B’ destination in mind in case the car park is too full when they arrive. The call comes as growing numbers of visitors emerge from lockdown restrictions and come to the site to enjoy the Munro and the National Nature Reserve. Although the hill is managed by NatureScot, access – and parking – i...

Bruce with trophy

Balfour Browne Trophy recognises outstanding contribution to deer management

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Bruce Sewell has been awarded the Balfour Browne Trophy for his outstanding contribution to the management of wild deer in Scotland. Bruce (who is based in Doune, Perthshire) has been a Forest Management Officer with FLS since 2010 and over the years has worked closely with policy makers and public and private land managers to help government, regulators and practit...

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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...

A tall cairn made of stacked stones on top of a sandy hill, covered in vegetation

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...

A loch and smaller ponds surrounded by conifer trees, with hills in the distance

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...

Machinery hauling trees with a cable

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...

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