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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....

Our top all-abilities trails to explore this spring

We have a range of all-abilities trails that generally have a uniform surface, are wider, and are marked with easy-to-follow signage. Our all-abilities trails are wide, generally have a uniform surface, and are marked with clear, easy to follow...

Seed Collecting

year, the UK plants an astonishing number of trees, even though we’re agreed we still need to plant more. But where do they all come from? There’s no tree warehouse with saplings ready to go. We don’t import trees from abroad because the risk of...

Land management plan consultations

Our vision is to look after Scotland’s forests and land, for the benefit of all, now and for the future . We therefore take long term planning very seriously, ensuring our resources are best allocated to contribute to improving the environment,...

Take the plunge: wonderful waterfall walks

Rushing water. A glint of silver as salmon leap and swim upstream. Sunlight filtering through tall trees catches droplets of moisture, casting rainbows everywhere you look. There’s no denying it - waterfalls make for spectacular destinations, some of...

Car parking

of these car parks to help maintain our facilities and look after the forests and wildlife. Blue badge holders park free at all our car parks. You can find out more by reading our Charge Parking terms and conditions (PDF) . Car Parking Frequently Asked...

A guide to Scotland's Forest Parks

rich in wildlife and plant species, our six Forest Parks play a vital role in the nation's economy, attracting visitors from all over the world. They are also at the heart of our communities, offering space for natural play, exercise, or leisure...

Wilsontown's history timeline

built at Wilsontown and another blowing engine (see image, right) of greater power is set going. Produce includes pig iron, ballast for ships and shot (4-18 pounders inclusive). William Wilson Snr and Alexander Gunn do not see eye to eye on the...

Tweed Valley Osprey Project news update: 26 July

Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest. The whole family at home All three chicks in the main osprey nest successfully fledged during the past week, each displaying varying degrees of confidence...

Fire safety call to forest visitors

Forestry and Land Scotland has urged all forest visitors to follow good fire prevention practice after a devastating but preventable wildfire broke out near Loch Morlich over the weekend. (5-6 June) Around seven hectares of forest (equal to around...

Deadwood

It’s estimated that up to a third of all European forest species depend on deadwood for their survival. The trouble is that dead trees and decaying logs don’t always look very attractive. So, let’s see if we can convince you. The facts Many species of...

Spooky spots to visit

Scotland is soaked in historical intrigue, mystery and often grisly happenings. We all love a spooky story, and there's no better time than All Hallows' Eve to uncover some of the secrets the forests across Scotland hold. Read on if you dare!...

Forester (Work Programme Manager)

We are recruiting for a Work Programme Manager to develop programmes of work across all our forestry, environmental and recreation activities to encourage efficient sequencing and integration of work. If you enjoy getting outside, working with others...

The Apprentice's View

for Learner of the Year. After almost a year in the role, we asked Rachel to give us her thoughts on modern forestry, the challenges faced, and how young people can thrive in this industry. I’ve been a Trees and Timber Apprentice with Forestry and Land...

Pre-flight checks…

exerciser compared to the more laid-back sisters and, sometimes while they were being fed, he would be flapping and doing small bunny hops to lift off fractionally and then drop back down again. 301 feeding herself 301 feeding herself on the right On...

Season finale!

last week for the summer osprey season… but it has been a great year at the main nest and the three young ospreys are doing really well. They give the impression of feistiness and strength, especially when compared with last years young ones. The...

Wind blow and deadwood in forests can be a force for good

managers now purposely leave a proportion of wind blow and deadwood – instead of ‘tidying up’ forests, to create habitats for all kinds of species. Our Environmental Advisor, Philippa Murphy, explains more about the wind blow and deadwood programme,...

Public warned over safety signs

felled to help slow down the spread of the disease. Jo Maclean, FLS’s Communities and Visitor Services Manager said: “It’s vitally important that all members of the public take heed of the safety notices and follow them. “Ignoring the signs and walking...