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Importance of Steep Ground work highlighted in Arwen aftermath

Monday, 27 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s North Region team is more aware than ever of the importance of its Steep Ground felling programme along the Great Glen as parts of the country deal with the aftermath of Storm Arwen. The Storm which battered the east coast and south Scotland with winds of up to 100mph at the end of November has resulted in around 8 million trees being blown over, families left witho...

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Storm Arwen a ‘shot across the boughs’

Monday, 27 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland says that forest adaptation has to be a focus for the sector in the coming years if damage from storms like Arwen is to be minimised. Climate science indicates an increase in frequency of winter storms. With potential for some of those to be of similar strength to Storm Arwen, FLS is already working to adapt its forests to better withstand such events. FLS Chief Execut...

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Forestry and Land Scotland forging ahead post-Arwen

Thursday, 23 December 2021

While many outdoor businesses are winding down for winter, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is gearing up for its busiest time of year, as a huge tree planting effort gets underway. This year’s routine planting season – over the winter months to March - comes at the same time as efforts to tackle the widespread damage caused by Storm Arwen. FLS estimates that up to 900 hectares- the equivale...

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Christmas safety plea from Forestry and Land Scotland

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is urging visitors to stay safe if they visit a forest over the Christmas holiday. Although some forests will remain closed, many around the country are open and anyone looking to visit an FLS forest should first check online for the latest updates. Most FLS Visitor Centres, cafes, bike shops and recreation providers are open for business as per their usual winter open...

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FLS launches new Acquisition Strategy

Monday, 20 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has launched a new Acquisition Strategy to buy land to boost Climate Emergency mitigation efforts. The strategy is underpinned by a Scottish Government investment of £30 million into a Low Carbon Investment Fund, and the transfer of £9 million residual funds from the old woodland creation programme into a new Strategic Acquisition Fund (SAF). The new strategy w...

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Newts and toads given a helping hand at former mine site

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Newts and toads are being given a helping hand this winter on a former open cast coalmine in Fife, thanks to work to build artificial, winter hibernation homes for the threatened species. The Blairhouse project is part of a drive by Forestry and Land Scotland to repurpose a number of brownfield sites, while locking up carbon and improving the environment for protected species and people. Working...

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FLS launch five-year deer management tender

Friday, 10 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland has today (10 Dec 2021) released a five year deer management tender that underlines its commitment to improving and enhancing its sustainable management of Scotland’s National Forests and Land. The tender follows the recent launch of FLS’s Climate Change Plan that outlines steps the organisation will take to help Scotland reach Net Zero and respond to the biodiversi...

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Forestry and Land Scotland's Visitor Centres open

Friday, 10 December 2021

Most of Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) Visitor Centres, cafes, bike shops and recreation providers across south Scotland are open for business as per their usual winter opening hours. However, members of the public are still being advised that the trails and forests around the Centres in south Scotland, are closed for public safety Anyone planning to visit a Visitor Centre should check the...

Minister with FLS regional manager

Forestry and Land Scotland Climate Change Plan launched

Tuesday, 07 December 2021

Environment Minister, Mairi McAllan, today welcomed the launch of Forestry and Land Scotland’s Climate Change Plan. Centred on the themes of Adapt, Reduce, Capture the plan outlines how FLS will boost its contribution to Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency. As well as highlighting actions that FLS has already implemented, it illustrates how FLS will enhance how it manages Sco...

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Forestry and Land Scotland begins to open forests to visitors in the north and west

Monday, 06 December 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is beginning to open up some of the national forests to visitors after Storm Arwen hit at the end of November.   But it is also advising that many forests will remain closed as more high winds over the next few days increase the risk of more falling trees in vulnerable, storm battered forests. Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said: “It is a mammoth task but ...

Deer at night

Avoid deer in the headlights as the nights draw in

Thursday, 02 December 2021

At this time of year and as more people will be driving in the dark, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging drivers to be extra alert to wild deer on the roads.  Wild deer numbers in Scotland have reached record levels at 1 million – double the amount recorded in 1990 – and the consequent danger of deer-related road traffic accidents is predicted to rise.  Forestry and Land Scotland p...

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Forecast winds bring another warning from Forestry and Land Scotland

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

With forecasts of more high gusts of wind over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has repeated its plea to north and east Scotland residents to stay away from its forests. As the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage that Storm Arwen inflicted on Scotland’s national forests and land, the organisation’s team in the area is warning of the significant risks to pu...