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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Timber stacks at base of mountain

Beinn Ghuilean Felling Complete

Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is asking members of the public to continue to observe site safety signage at Beinn Ghuilean even though felling work was completed on schedule in January. The felling work was carried out to tackle the tree disease Phytophthora ramorum and was completed last month despite delays arising from lockdown and the impact of COVID-19. Although the majority of the felled timb...

log stack pine marten den

Foresters' building skills await pine marten approval

Wednesday, 03 February 2021

Native woodland restoration work near Dunkeld has created a win-win for trees and for some local pine martens – who have the chance to move in to a ready-made den.  Working with contractors to restore Ladywell Wood – an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland - Forestry and Land Scotland’s Perthshire team has been removing some Sitka spruce that were crowding out some native broadleaves.  ...

View of cotton grass growing on restored site

World Wetlands Day - Restoring a globally important habitat

Tuesday, 02 February 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) ongoing work to restore a globally important habitat is being celebrated as part of World Wetlands Day (2 Feb). Blanket bog is a type of habitat found on peatland soils in cool, wet upland areas in maritime climates. It covers 23 per cent of Scotland’s land area and is rarely found elsewhere in the world. In the past, its importance as a carbon sink and as ...

View from hill top over forest

Forest operations require heightened public vigilance 

Monday, 01 February 2021

Local residents and visitors are being reminded by Forestry and Land Scotland to be extra vigilant when visiting Corlarach woods now that felling to remove diseased trees is underway.  The site is one of several sites across Scotland that was recently confirmed as having Phytophthora ramorum – commonly referred to as P. ramorum – which attacks and kills larch trees.&n...

Portrait of Anton

FLS wildlife team welcomes new support officer

Friday, 29 January 2021

Fostering the partnership approach required to manage Scotland’s burgeoning deer population is to be a key role for Forestry and Land Scotland’s new Wildlife Management Support Officer.  Anton Watson, an FLS Wildlife Ranger Manager who has stepped up in to the new job, has a strong track record in deer management.   Having started his career in 2012 with SNH (now NatureScot) and be...

seedling being planted

Forestry and Land Scotland sets its sights high for 2021

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) will this year plant five new trees for every person living in Scotland. The 25 million new trees to be planted by FLS in 2021/22, will help to create the forests of the future and contribute to Scotland’s climate change targets.  The massive tree planting effort will include native species such as birch, oak, aspen, rowan and commercial conifers such as S...

image of completed bridge repair

Year-long job to repair forest road now complete 

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Almost a year to the day after a landslide blocked the A83 (29 Jan) – Forestry and Land Scotland has completed work to stabilise the forest road that was in part washed away in the same incident.   The road which runs parallel to the A83 but higher up the slope, gives FLS access to forests and land that it manages at Glen Croe. The Jan 2020 event was the result of exceptionally heavy rain...

View of snow covered mountain

Take extra care in the snow 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Following heavy snow fall and freezing conditions in some parts of the country, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging people to take extra care if they visit a local woodland for some wintery exercise.  FLS car parks and trails are open for local access during the January lockdown but may be icy.   FLS’ Regional Visitor Services Manager, Paul Hibberd, said;  “Going for a woodl...

Family walking in woods

FLS car parks and trails remain open for local access

Thursday, 07 January 2021

Following the Scottish Government announcement earlier this week of new Lockdown restrictions throughout January, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has announced that while its Visitor Centres will remain closed, most of its car parks, walking and mountain biking trails will remain open for local access. FLS managed public toilets will also remain open. The decision aims to support members of the...

view of Cally Woods in spring

Consultation open on Cally Woods

Wednesday, 06 January 2021

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting anyone with an interest in how Cally Woods (by Gatehouse of Fleet) is managed over the next 20 years to offer their views in an online consultation.    A new Land Management Plan for the Cally Woods area is being finalised and includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site over the next ten years, with an indicative proposal for the followi...

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Winning idea wins big!

Friday, 18 December 2020

A partnership project that arose from a Forestry and Land Scotland sponsored CivTech challenge has won the Sustainability Award in this year’s Scottish Public Service Awards. TreeTape – a new system of germinating and planting young trees put forward for the CivTech Challenge - will help increase the number of viable seedlings grown from seed and has significant implications for forestry arou...

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Ten year plan for broadleaf woodland looking for feedback

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around New Galloway to offer their views on the development of a new Land Management Plan for the Bartaggart site.   This established broadleaved woodland, planted in 2014, is a 65.18 ha site approximately two miles east of Balmaclellan and comprises a mix of productive and native broadleaves as well as open space, including an...

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