Tales from the forest

Inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests

Tales from the forest

Welcome to the Forestry Commission Scotland blog. Here you'll find inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests.

Name that bug

It’s fair to say that insects haven’t had the best portrayal over the years – every form of media has been less than flattering. Kafka described the nightmare of waking up as an insect in gory detail, Spielberg spooked us senseless in Arachnophobia, and the 80’s were a bad time for beasties after Jeff Goldblum tried to change the world — but ended up as the grotesque ‘brundlefly’.

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But love them or hate them, insects are an essential part of the forest’s ecosystem, and our understanding of them is important for conservation, medicine, ecology and food production.


Find your way: Out of the Woods

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This post is different to other posts. You and you alone are in charge of how the story goes.


6 stunning forest views to tempt you outdoors, despite the weather

With snowstorms in April, I think we can agree this hasn't been spring at its best. Many of us are back in the wellies and winter woollens, when we should be enjoying the milder outdoors.

The National Forest Estate is one of those places that looks good in all weathers. As a wee reminder, we've got some inspiration for you! Our planning forester Colin Leslie spends a lot of time in the Inverness, Ross and Skye forests. Luckily for us, he's pretty handy with a camera.

Our inboxes are always a little cheerier when one of his photos arrives – but they're too good to keep to ourselves! We've asked him to pick out some of his favourite places and photos to remind us how magical our Scottish forests can be.

As some people say: there's no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes!

Glenmore Dawn

Glenmore at dawn


Get to know our summer clubs

Last summer we worked in partnership with a number of community groups throughout Glasgow and Renfrewshire to offer summer clubs at the Commonwealth Woods legacy forests we look after.

The idea behind the summer clubs was to engage local children and their community group leaders in activities in the forest - showing that local woodlands are a great place to do fun, educational, healthy and affordable activities.

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Turn over a new leaf in Galloway Forest Park

The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. And what better place to embrace the great outdoors, than Galloway Forest Park? It’s the largest Forest Park in Britain, with over 300 square miles (800 km²) of outstanding natural beauty, and there’s a huge range of activities to keep even the most energetic visitor busy.

BBC Countryfile magazine has shortlisted Dumfries and Galloway for a top destination award. Here’s six things you can check out in the area and if you think it’s one of the top destinations in the UK, then cast your vote (note now closed).

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Forests to discover around Glasgow and Edinburgh


A forest adventure is closer than you think. If you’re one of the over 1 million people that call Edinburgh or Glasgow home, you may be surprised to know there are several forests on the doorstep to your city just waiting to be explored.


Can you help us protect Scotland’s forests?

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A trip to the forest is something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re on two legs, two wheels or four paws. The forest is a place where we can relax, discover and play. The forest is a special place, and we need your help to keep it that way.

Did you know that tree diseases can hitch a lift from forest to forest on mucky boots, paws or tyres? The spreading of diseases and pests between woodlands is becoming a real threat to forests across Scotland and beyond.

Luckily, there are little things we can all do to slow the spread of anything harmful, and help keep our forests healthy and beautiful...


Come and try Cuningar Loop

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We’re hosting a series of special events at Cuningar Loop, an exciting Legacy 2014 project which has transformed 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park.

We want to give you a first peek of this exciting new park at our Come and Try events, so you can see what the new park has to offer before our grand opening in spring 2016.


10 ways to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Forest Park this summer

Do a little, do a lot...


1. Take part in the Alice in Wonderland quiz on the Waterfall Trail at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre. Quiz sheets are available from the reception.