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Tyrebagger Christmas trees all booked up!

Forestry and Land Scotland’s Tyrebagger Christmas Tree booking system has been so popular that all of the approximately 3000 slots were allocated in just over a week after going live. Introduced this year to help keep people safe and to reduce the...

All about survival…

Mrs O and her three young but very grown up ospreys. All three young ospreys from the main nest are now flying and the good news is that they are returning to the nest to feed. Mrs O and SS are still here and SS is still bringing fish back for the...

Ten winter walks for the whole family

Whether it's your New Year's resolution to get active or you just need to burn off all that Christmas turkey and roast potatoes, January is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, step outside, and reconnect with nature. Winter is one of Scotland's...

All in one view

trees to habitat restoration, recreation facilities and a whole lot more. A recent trip to Loch Trool in Dumfries and Galloway shows the variety of our work, all in one view. 1. Natural regeneration Our job is to plant and grow trees. However, why plant...

Patience needs to be exercised above all else

the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions, FLS is encouraging everyone to exercise their patience first and foremost. The call from FLS Chief Executive, Simon Hodgson, highlights that the forestry organisation’s leisure and recreation facilities –...

School holiday activities on a budget

your holidays, of course, is to make new memories with friends and family... but keeping the kids entertained is always a challenge, especially with the cost of indoor activities in towns and cities. Looking for something a bit more healthy, active, and...

Energy Offering Application Process and Guidance

such this process is outwith the ambit of the procurement regulations. However we do intend to follow a standard process to allow a fair opportunity to be presented. Where only one Application is received for a site, FLS will evaluate this on its merits...

FLS urges people to stay local for the Easter weekend

stay local for the Easter weekendAhead of the long Easter weekend Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is reminding people that all of its car parks and visitor facilities remain closed as part of Scotland’s response to the challenges of COVID-19...

Mountain biking

Scotland is one of the best places on the planet for mountain biking. The network of exhilarating and challenging world-class trails forests have made the country a big hit on the mountain biking world map. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to develop...

Forest Planner

read some testimonials from current Forest Planners: Catriona Maclennan, on the diversity of her work: "The planning role is all encompassing – a jack of all trades. I can use my experience gained from carrying out most types of manual work to...

Party time

Iain and Norma Coates and Tony Lightley cutting the cake Saturday 8 June was a truly nostalgic day for the Tweed Valley Osprey project, as we celebrated the 20th birthday of our male osprey, White Leg SS. It was a lovely time to reminisce and reflect on...

Go West! Fantastic forests by ferry

the hustle and bustle of the city and getting out into the wild. Crossing some water to get there makes the adventure all the more exciting. There are hidden forest gems and well-travelled trails all across Scotland’s coastline and islands, just a...

Management Board

As Chief Executive, Simon is committed to ensuring the forestry sector meets the highest standards in the interests of all its employees and contractors. Simon joined the Forestry Commission in 2005 as Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise England...

Permissions and permits

use as long as they comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC) and Civil Aviation Authority guidance, Drone Code and all other legal requirements, such as those relating to privacy/data protection and wildlife protection. In such cases you will...

Mapping the territory: World GIS Day

Support Team at Forestry and Land Scotland have a saying: “Everything happens somewhere." Mapping plays a huge role in all of the work that takes place in Scotland's forests, and without the technology behind GIS (Geographic Information Systems) , their...

Biodiversity and you

conservation of habitats rich in biodiversity are being set up worldwide. So what exactly does the term mean, and what can we all do to help? We asked Forestry and Land Scotland’s Wildlife Ecologist, Kenny Kortland. What is biodiversity? Biodiversity is...

Bats in Scotland’s forests

by an FLS wildlife expert Bats are remarkable creatures. They find their way using ‘echolocation’, sending out high-pitched calls that echo back and create a ‘sonic map’ of their environment, pinpointing potential prey with incredible accuracy. They...

FLS leisure and recreation sites open for business

As Scotland’s tourism sector officially re-starts under the Scottish Government’s Phase 3 route map measures, Forestry and Land Scotland has pulled out all the stops to support the sector’s recovery and opened its visitor facilities across the country....