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Forestry and Water Scotland

A new initiative has been launched across the Scottish forestry sector to reduce diffuse pollution risk by improving forestry practice

The Forestry and Water Scotland initiative brings together new and established resources to help forest owners, managers and practitioners follow good forestry practice to improve water management on their sites.

Two new resources just published are the Know the Rules bookletand Keep Your Distance vehicle sticker. Both contain straightforward messages to help Operators to raise the bar on how forestry operations are planned, communicated and managed to protect the water environment.

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Bumper acorn crop helps native woodlands

Around 1.2 million acorns have been collected in Galloway Forest Park as part of a project to expand and link native Ancient Oakwoods which will create semi natural habitats from the hill tops to the coast.

The project involves restoring Protected Ancient Woodlands sites and linking the woodlands through forest restructuring via natural regeneration and planting of local provenance native species.

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Napier’s timber technology research hub

Very recently, Edinburgh Napier University announced that it will be investing £3 million into a new research hub that will support the construction of sustainable housing in the UK.

The University says that the facility will be open in the Spring 2017 and that it will work with the industry to “accelerate the development of a range of timber technologies.”

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Protecting the Stones of Worship

Damage caused by a Pagan bonfire to the stone circle of Na Clachan Aoraidh - set high on the limestone ridge of Cnoc na Craoibhe above Loch Tummel in Tay Forest District - was turned into an opportunity to investigate and record the site in detail.

Na Clachan Aoraidh translates from Gaelic as ‘the Stones of Worship’. The site is an unusual ‘four poster’ stone circle – a square arrangement of four large stones on a low stone-built platform. It’s an early Bronze Age ceremonial site and was probably built about 4,000 years ago.

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Floating pier helps Scotland’s rural economy

Timber haulage is an important part of the forestry life cycle, benefitting communities and the economy.

With timber harvesting rising to over 7 million tonnes per annum in Scotland, the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme seeks to facilitate the sustainable transport of timber for the benefit of local communities and the environment.  It has funding of £2.2m in 2016/17.

One of the approved projects in 2016 is a floating pier to be built in Ardcastle in West Argyll.

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Tackling climate change with trees

Scotland's forests are a vital tool in the country's response to climate change. Forestry Commission Scotland is committed to ensuring our woodland realises its carbon-capturing potential.

Key to our work is tree-planting to help mitigate the impact of greenhouse gases. Supporting the Scottish Government's pledge to plant more woodland, we are committed to sustainable management of forests and the provision of grants to landowners looking to convert unused or unproductive land into woodland.

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New Procurement Strategy

We have published our first draft Procurement Strategy and we invite stakeholders and members of the public to comment on it.

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Modern forestry benefits the Nightjar

The Nightjar – one of Scotland’s rarest and most unusual birds – is the latest species to benefit from modern forestry practices.

For many years Forest Enterprise Scotland has worked to support the local population of Nightjars in Dumfries and Galloway, creating and maintaining habitat for them through felling and restocking trees. By creating a mosaic of different age structures, larger parts of the woodland become usable by Nightjars as there are always areas of open ground or young replanted ground which they favour.  

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Photo credit David Tipling

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White-tailed eagles flourishing on the National Forest Estate

We are proud that our forest management helps wildlife species to flourish. One of our biggest success stories is the white-tailed eagle, once extinct in Scotland but now living here again after successful re-introduction programmes. The west coast releases and the success of the birds in places such as Mull, Skye and Argyll has been a fantastic success story but the East of Scotland project is perhaps a little less well known.

The East Scotland Sea Eagle Project brought chicks over from Norway to Fife between 2007 and 2012, and we are now seeing the released birds produce their own chicks.

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