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Water voles thriving in the Trossachs

Water voles are recolonising restored wetlands in the Trossachs thanks to an ambitious re-introduction project. Over 1,000 animals were released into 1,700ha of restored wetland habitat on the National Forest Estate and are now thriving throughout the Trossachs. In November last year, this project was shortlisted for The Nature of Scotland Awards which gives recognition to conservation projects for their excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature.



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The Forest

Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in Britain – is set to star in a new BBC One Scotland documentary series on Monday 8 January at 19.30.   

Filmed over six months, The Forest, follows all the different people and timber related organisations that benefit from Galloway Forest Park, showcasing how the National Forest Estate delivers and supports so many aspects of life.

It is made by Tern TV – the same production team that brought us the popular programmes The Harbour in Aberdeen, The Mountain based around Aviemore and The River in the Scottish Borders.

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Registration of the National Forest Estate

As Scotland moves towards a single system of registration for land and property titles, work progresses on adding all of the National Forest Estate (NFE) to the Land Register.  In May 2014 Scottish Ministers requested the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the Land Register and gave a commitment to ensure that all public land would be registered within 5 years.

The land register is a digital, map-based public record of land ownership in Scotland and replaces the 400-year-old deeds-based General Register of Sasines. Once complete, the Land Register of Scotland will provide a full picture of exactly who owns what across the country.

The land register will be a national asset for Scotland and will make buying and selling property easier, faster and cheaper. It will allow anyone to find out who owns what through an easy online search.

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Broughton farm walk success

The recent farm walk at Gascoigne Farm, near Broughton proved to be a great success. Approximately 30 people attended the event designed to encourage local landowners to think about diversifying their sheep farm to include more woodlands and forests for many benefits, not least income.


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Modern Apprentice opportunity for budding foresters

Interested in learning forestry skills such as tree planting, felling and organising community recreation events? Forest Enterprise Scotland is looking for eight new Modern Apprentices to begin a career in forestry.

Based in the south of Scotland, the successful apprentices will receive on the job experience and training with a Forest Enterprise Scotland team, backed with further skills provided by SRUC’s Barony campus.

Adverts have been issued and the recruitment process will take place over the next few months, with the new apprentices starting work early in 2018.

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Review of forestry planting approval procedures November 2017

Scotland has 1.4million hectares of trees and we continue to work towards reducing the complexity and cost of the tree planting approval process to deliver the national target of 10,000hectares a year.

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New Forestry and Water guidance

New guidance outlining precautions that Scottish Water would like to see taken when forestry activities are undertaken in source water catchments and areas with public drinking water infrastructure (assets) is now available on the Scottish Water website and the Forestry and Water Scotland website.


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Skye community first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme

The Skye community are the first to acquire land under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS). CATS was set up to implement the new rights for communities under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 to purchase, lease or use National Forest Estate land if it provides benefits to the local community.

Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) have purchased 12.3ha at the Fairy Pools Car Park, Skye which will allow the community to expand the current parking facilities to accommodate 137 vehicles, to alleviate long term problems for visitors and residents, and to install additional visitor facilities.

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Photo © Russell Sherwood

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Hen Harriers tagged in Highland Perthshire

A Tay Raptor Study Group member has made the exciting discovery of a Hen Harrier’s nest on the National Forest Estate in Highland Perthshire.

Tay Forest District’s environment team was delighted with the find and helped to coordinate the protection and monitoring of these raptors with the ringing and satellite tagging of the chicks when they hatched.


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