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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Important habitats

The Cairngorms National Park has some of the best wildlife habitats in Britain – and they’re big! Glenmore Forest Park is part of the largest area of native woodland in Britain, a huge area of forest that circles the mountains.

Heather covers the ground beside many of the trails, making a gorgeous purple carpet in late summer and autumn. Wee birds like Scottish crossbill and crested tit live among the trees: they depend on large areas of healthy Scots pine forest, and the Forest Park is one of the best places to see them.

Restoring native species

Although the woodland has been here for thousands of years, much of it has changed because of the long history of forestry in the glen. As we manage the forest for timber, we’re working to restore native species as much as possible. We also make sure there’s a range of different habitats, like wet, boggy places among the trees that are perfect for dragonflies and damselflies.

Wildlife viewing tips

The trails from Allt Mor are great if you want to see some of the glen’s wildlife, but right by the car park at the Glenmore Visitor Centre there are usually red squirrels scampering through the trees.

Down at Loch Morlich, ducks paddle past the shore and you can watch for osprey fishing in the clean water.

In Summer, you might see dragonflies and damselflies darting through the air along the trails from Hayfield car park.

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