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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.



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.  


Photo credit David Tipling


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.

white tailed eagle


Calling all budding photographers

Entries are open for our new photography competition to celebrate the advent of autumn colours. Everyone is welcome to enter for a chance to win a scrumptious Galloway Lodge hamper, and the winning photo will feature on our autumn webpage in 2017.



The benefits of woodland creation

Woodland creation plays an important role in contributing to the Scottish Government woodland target, as well as helping mitigate climate change by carbon sequestration and restoring lost habitats through developing forest habitat networks.



Forestry isn’t just about growing trees

An inspirational exhibition launched at the Festival of Architecture is now touring Scotland, showcasing the best of architecture in Scotland, including examples of how Scottish timber can be used in design and construction.

Scottish timber is a fantastic sustainable resource – it’s an endlessly flexible, versatile and adaptable material to work with – and there’s probably no end to the inventive ways that it can be glued, bent, carved, formed and shaped into something new.



Success story for Capercaillie in Strathspey

Forest management today is about much more than planting and harvesting trees. Just one of the areas we focus on is making sure the woods provide the best possible conditions for wildlife, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that forests managed for timber production provide an excellent habitat for many species, including the magnificent capercaillie.

Our management of the National Forest Estate in Strathspey has seen capercaillie numbers increase dramatically and has earned Forest Enterprise Scotland a top award.



Restoring woodlands to help reduce the risk of flooding

Healthy thriving forests can help Scotland to deal with some of the risks and challenges that a changing climate brings. The right type of trees and woodlands in the right places, alongside other natural measures, are vital to help avoid or alleviate the pressures of diffuse pollution, sedimentation, increased flood risk, increased temperature and bankside instability on the water environment that are predicted to arise from climate change.

It has been demonstrated that Natural Flood Management, alongside more traditional engineering measures, present viable options to alleviate the risk of flooding.

Our aim is to reinstate natural features of landscape such as floodplains and woodlands, so that flood water can be better stored and slowed down and downstream communities become more flood resilient.

Other benefits include improving the river habitat for wildlife and fisheries, sequestering and storing carbon in trees, helping local farms and improving the landscape.

student visit to eddleston


Keeping our forests healthy

Scotland’s forests are under increasing threat from tree pests and diseases due to rises in global travel and trade resulting in the introduction of new species. The impacts of these, and our native pests and diseases, can be intensified by climate change. Pests and diseases can spread rapidly, damaging the health of our trees and forest ecosystems, and negatively impacting the forest industry.

We are working with a wide range of Scottish stakeholders to manage and mitigate the risks of tree pests and disease, and with other Government departments to help prevent new arrivals. This includes liaising with plant health colleagues across the UK and further afield to keep abreast of the latest threats, monitor their progress and act to prevent their spread.

scots pine landscape