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.


Spotting wildlife in Scotland’s forests

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From the glimpse of a soaring golden eagle to the sudden appearance of a majestic red deer in the woods, observing animals in their natural habitat is a magical and unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re a fan of our furry friend, the red squirrel, or fancy learning more about the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland, there are plenty of opportunities in forests up and down the country to get closer to nature.

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Spring into our Easter events

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There’s a change in the air - the daffodils are coming out in bloom, the days are getting that wee bit longer and brighter, and the kids are super excited about two whole weeks off school.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the family this Easter, look no further. Our Easter events in the forest promise to be so much fun, even the Easter bunny himself is hoping to come along…

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Snowdrops in the forest

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The official Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from 31st January to 15th March, but snowdrops – being as versatile as they are – can pop up anywhere in the country from autumn to late spring.

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Year of Food & Drink: Turning junipers into gin

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2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland, and we can’t wait to share some stories with you of the rich and inspiring produce that comes straight from our nation’s larder. With a forestry twist, of course.

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5 forest-inspired New Year’s resolutions

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It’s that time of year again. We’re thinking about the things we want to change, the things we could do differently, the things that will make this brand new year the best year yet. A fresh start.

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Top 10 archaeology sites in Scotland’s forests

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Scotland’s forests hold many secrets. Tales of the past echo in the stillness of the trees and ruins remain as a testament to days gone by.

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Time for walkies...it’s National Dog Week

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There are few things in life more joyful than a happy dog. Treat your pooch to a walk in the forest for a good dose of fresh air, and more exciting new smells than he can wag his little tail at.

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Celebrating autumn colours

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And so the end is here. Our autumn colours celebration draws to a close as the final golden leaves fall to earth.

But fear not! We have compiled a selection of some of the best photographs you submitted to us via Twitter or Facebook along with the hashtag #autumncolours. Frankly, we've been bowled over by the gorgeous pics you've shared and hope you've been inspired with some lovely places to visit this autumn.

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Brilliant beach walks

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Fancy a stroll along the beach? It’s not just about forests here y’know. Picture glorious sparkling waters, warm sand underfoot and a healthy dose of fresh air in your lungs – it’s the perfect summer day out.

Those sunny days aren’t quite done yet, so grab your bucket and spade and get yourself along to one of Scotland’s lovely beaches…pronto!

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