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Communities invited to shape their own futures  

Friday, 13 October 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, today (Fri 13 Oct) welcomed the launch of Forestry and Land Scotland’s new Communities Strategy ahead of Community Land Week. The Strategy will help to further empower communities and, by enabling them to have a greater  role in creating their own future, will help to make best use of Scotland's national forest an...

Surveys underway to count Cairngorms’ most important mammal: the field vole

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

Ecologists are beginning their autumn survey of voles in the Cairngorms Connect project area, which covers over 60,000 hectares of the national park and aims to restore its habitats, species and ecological processes. Every spring and autumn, Forestry and Land Scotland collaborates with Cairngorms Connect Predator Project partners to carry out surveys to estimate the number of short-tailed field v...

Drivers urged to avoid forest roads

Monday, 09 October 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is advising people in areas badly affected by the weekend’s heavy rainfall to not risk using forest roads in an effort to bypass flooding. FLS has warned that forest roads are also susceptible to damage from heavy rainfall, flooding and can be blocked by fallen trees where waterlogged soils has given way. Carol McGinnes, FLS Central Region Manager, said; “We...

Timber Innovation for Forests of the Future

Friday, 29 September 2023

This article featured in the October edition of the Timber Trades Journal It is now well known that the rate of UK timber imports is not sustainable.   In the context of the climate emergency, other countries’ timber needs and the need for increased stocks, the UK should aim towards reducing reliance on others. While this is a challenge, it does represent an opportunity for the UK’...

Car park extension diverts hillwalkers 

Friday, 29 September 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising hillwalkers and other visitors that its Glen Lochy Car Park will close for up to 12 weeks from 1st October 2023 to allow improvement works to be carried out.  The car park is frequently used by walkers accessing Ben Lui and Beinn a’ Chleibh because its proximity to the hills reduces the walk-in distance.   The works – to increase the car ...

Public input to help shape FLS plans for Angus Glens  

Friday, 29 September 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, visited Glen Prosen this week (Thu 28 Sept) to learn first-hand how the site could become an exemplar for integrated land management in Scotland. Acquired by Forestry and Land Scotland in 2022, Glen Prosen will be the focal point of a long-term plan that will include all of FLS’ land holdings in the area (including Gle...

White tailed eagles back in Caithness after almost 100-year absence 

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

A breeding pair of White-tailed Eagles has set up home in a Caithness woodland managed by Forestry and Land Scotland.  Thought to be the first successful breeding pair in the area in almost 100 years, the birds were found to be nesting in a stand of Sitka spruce within a windblown area of lodgepole pine that was due to be felled ahead of peatland restoration work.  It is thought that t...

Belt-and-braces approach for ten-year check for Lochan 

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has appointed a dive team to carry out a check of the Glencoe Lochan sluice gate ahead of a mandatory ten-year inspection next month.   The move comes ahead of an external consultant carrying out the formal inspection - as required under the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 - and aims to prevent a repeat of the mishap earlier this year, which saw the sluic...

Learnie Red Rocks car park expansion

Wednesday, 13 September 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland has started work to extend the car park at Learnie Red Rocks mountain bike trails. The addition of 25 extra spaces will help cater for the growing number of mountain bikers who visit to try out the mix of trails. Learnie offers a range of trails to suit all abilities and skill levels but is especially good for novice and intermediate riders. Carol MacKintosh, FLS’ A...

Pine marten experts gather in the Scottish Highlands 

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

The spectacular recovery of pine martens in Scotland is on the agenda for a gathering of pine marten experts in the Cairngorms.  Researchers from around the world will be attending the International Martes Symposium in Aviemore, and visiting local success stories in the Cairngorms.  The symposium happens every five years in a different country that is home to martens and their relative...

Ten-year plan comes to fruition 

Monday, 11 September 2023

Volunteers from West Fife Woodlands Group (WFWG) have worked with Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to build a new footbridge at Muirside Woods, near Saline.   The bridge is a vital link to the wider area and offers access to the core path network and the National Cycle Network.   Installing a bridge was first suggested about 10 years ago but was not progressed because of fund...

Glenmore Centenary is history in miniature 

Friday, 08 September 2023

Minister for Energy and the Environment, Gillian Martin, today (Friday 8 Sept) joined foresters past and present to mark the centenary of Glenmore Forest Park being in public ownership.   Glenmore was purchased from the Duke of Gordon in 1923, only four years after the establishment of the Forestry Commission.   Since its entry into public forestry, Glenmore has experienced a...