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Pine marten numbers on the increase in Galloway as technology trials yield positive results 

Monday, 24 July 2023

Trials of a new technique that uses thermal imaging cameras to capture the occupancy of over 100 artificial den boxes in Galloway Forest, have yielded positive results.  This spring, checks by a Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) team on the artificial nesting boxes to assess the local pine marten population, detected a number of baby pine martens (called kits) using the technique.  ...

Views sought on ten-year plan for Yair Forest

Friday, 21 July 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting residents living in communities in the Selkirk and Galashiels area to offer comment on proposals for the future management of Yair Forest. The Yair Land Management Plan (LMP) defines the management prescription for the next ten years (2023-32), and presents the vision for the long-term management of the area.   The main management object...

New FLS CivTech challenge has deer management in its sights 

Friday, 21 July 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is working with CivTech to develop innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness of wildlife management and the health and safety of Wildlife Rangers.   The fourth collaboration – part of the CivTech Round 9  – involves two projects, each worth up to £650,000, part funded by CivTech as part of their Innovate for Nature initiative. As well as lo...

FLS to hand over Glentress site for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships prep 

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

From 10 July Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) will begin to hand over control of Glentress to ESO for the final site dressing and preparation for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships event in August.  The handover marks the completion of the first two of three phases of a major £6 million FLS investment in the Glentress Masterplan development that has facilitated The Championships event...

Consultation open on Torrs Warren, Drochduil and Dunragit woodlands 

Thursday, 06 July 2023

Anyone with an interest in how Forestry and Land Scotland’s plantations in and around Dunragit village are to be managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation and give their views.  Encompassing Drochduil (a small commercial conifer woodland), Dunragit (a mixed broadleaf woodland), and Torrs Warren (a pine wood on the coastal sand dunes of the Solway Firth), the ...

European Foresters visit Scotland 

Wednesday, 05 July 2023

Over 100 state foresters from across Europe visited Scotland last month (June) to learn how Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is managing a host of forestry challenges.   FLS hosted the annual European State Forest Association(EUSTAFOR) conference in Inverness and the Cairngorms with theme of the conference being “Working in Partnership at a Landscape Scale”. The event showcased FLS...

Dead gulls at Carron Valley spark warning

Tuesday, 04 July 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is advising visitors to Carron Valley to avoid touching dead or apparently dying birds. The advice follows an apparent, but unconfirmed report of a number of dead gulls on an island in Loch Carron. Several birds have also been washed ashore. FLS Area Visitor Services Manager, Katy Mcgregor, said; “We are aware that a number of dead seabirds have been reported in the...

Trail names revealed as Minister hails Glentress Masterplan importance

Wednesday, 28 June 2023

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, today (28 June) visited Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) foundational £6 million Glentress Masterplan development to learn how it will bring a social, economic and tourism boom for the Tweed valley and the wider Scottish Borders area. Hailed as an exemplar project that will benefit local people and businesses, touri...

Public safety push as Kirkhill Forest clear up continues 

Tuesday, 27 June 2023

New measures to promote access and keep the public safe are to be trialled during Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) next phase of storm damage clear-up at Kirkhill Forest.   With work due to begin on 3 July and likely to take six weeks, FLS will put diversions in place to enable continued access to some areas of the Forest.  However, additional measures will be in place in an a...

Glentress getting into gear 

Monday, 26 June 2023

The café and bike shop at Glentress are to re-open for business this week after Forestry and Land Scotland pulled out all the stops to resurface the walkways around the buildings.  The announcement comes after the team carrying out the work solved some unplanned technical issues and that had initially threatened to delay the businesses opening to the public.   Both businesses wil...

Carron Valley mountain bike trail closures until end of the year

Thursday, 15 June 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland is reminding members of the public that its Carron Valley MtB trails are to be closed until 31 December. The closure, effective from Monday 19 June, is to allow the safe felling and removal of trees around the trails. Advance warning has ben trailed on the FLS website since April, although the star date has not been determined until now. Katy McGregor, FLS’ Area Vis...

Oban forestry expansion is good news for local community

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) recent purchase of Ariogan Farm, just south of Oban, is set to see an expansion of woodland creation and forest activity yet with less disruption to local communities, residents and businesses. Sitting between FLS’ Cologin Forest (near Lerags) and the main A816 road, the purchase will allow the local team to further develop sustainable management of the exis...