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Exciting discovery of rare moth presents poser for experts

Friday, 20 May 2022

A rare species of moth that is increasingly hard to find in its usual central Highlands locations has been found on a Lowland Raised bog in Fife. Normally associated with dry moorland habitat where it can find its main food plant, Bearberry, the Small Dark Yellow Underwing (SDYU) is only found in the UK at sites in the Cairngorms and Highland Perthshire, with one outlying location in Easter Ross....

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FLS seeks partners in bid to capture an additional one million tonnes of carbon

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is calling for corporate investors to help progress woodland creation and peatland restoration projects on land that it manages – and capture one million tonnes of CO2. The opportunities are spread across Scotland and are in various stages of development in anticipation of there being keen interest from the private sector. This pipeline of projects can only be ...

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New path upgrades at Fort Augustus courtesy of SSEN Transmission

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Visitors to Forestry and Land Scotland’s forests around Fort Augustus will benefit from path and bridge upgrades on the local trails – thanks to SSEN Transmission. The move –prompted by recently retired Highland Council leader, Councillor Margaret Davidson – followed liaison with the local community and is a ‘thank you’ for local residents’ cooperation and understanding during SSEN ...

Storm tree loss could speed up River South Esk restoration efforts

Monday, 16 May 2022

The damage caused by storms Arwen and Corrie could speed up efforts to restore a strip of land along the River South Esk and the White Water in Glen Doll, Angus.   Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has been working with partners on the River South Esk Catchment Partnership since 2016, although they began their own restoration efforts beforehand. FLS has planted over 6000 native trees - ...

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Locals invited to find out more about future plans for Ptarmigan Forest

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting local residents to come along to one of several drop-in sessions to find out more about plans to harvest 125,000 tonnes of timber from a hillside forest at east Loch Lomond-side. Part of the ongoing work in the Ben Lomond Memorial Landscape, the long-term proposals for the site - outlined in The Ptarmigan Land Management Plan - include the removal of product...

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Glentress Masterplan delivery underway

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland will next week (16 May) break ground on the long-awaited Glentress Masterplan development. After almost two years of COVID-19 delays the main contractor, Robertson’s Construction, will begin working on the infrastructure and facility improvements at the site that will help maintain and enhance its standing as a major tourism destination. The Glentress Masterplan ...

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Major forest operation at Kirkhill to affect A96

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Aberdeenshire road users are advised that major forestry works at Kirkhill Forest, just off the A96 at Tyrebagger beside Dyce, will see traffic management in place from  6th to 17th June 2022. Forestry and Land Scotland will be working with Transport Scotland and teams from BEAR and Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution to clear wind-blown and unstable standing trees...

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Tree planting under way at Rest and Be Thankful

Friday, 06 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland has begun a tree planting project on the hillside above the Rest and Be Thankful, aiming to help efforts to improve the resilience of the well-known route in Argyll. The ambitious Rest and Be Thankful Woodland Creation Project, located on the steep and notoriously unstable south western flanks of Ben Luibhean, Glen Croe, has been designed to provide long-term prote...

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Views sought on Loch Katrine Land Management Plan

Sunday, 01 May 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting local residents and interests to offer their views in a review of the land management plan for the 9600 hectare site it manages at Loch Katrine and Loch Arklet. FLS manages the land under lease from Scottish Water and as well as considering how best to adapt to habitat and landscape changes over the past ten years, the review also outlines long te...

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A big thank you to responsible visitors

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Ahead of the May Day weekend and the imminent holiday season, Forestry and Land Scotland has thanked the majority of visitors to its forests who display responsible and considerate behaviour. However, it has criticised the minority whose thoughtless, and sometimes illegal activity – as evidenced at some locations over the Easter weekend - has a disproportionate impact on the experience of other...

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New Land Management Director for FLS

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland welcomes a new Director of Land Management next month (May 3). Graeme Prest, who has over 30 years of  wide-ranging experience within the Forestry Commission and its successor bodies, brings a wealth of expertise to the role.  Having graduated from Aberdeen University with an honours degree in Forestry, Graeme started his career with the Forestry Commission i...


CATS Evaluation Panel members wanted to help boost community empowerment

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Forestry and Land Scotland is looking for five new panel members for its Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). CATS enables community bodies to take on ownership or lease of public land or buildings on Scotland’s national forest and land, where the community can make better use of the asset for the benefit of their community. To date 17 successful asset transfer requests have compl...