Tag Archives: woodlands

Tree Coring: What it is and why we do it

We’ve published a new report about tree coring, called A review of the theory and practice of tree coring on live ancient and veteran trees. Here, our Woodlands Policy & Advice Officer Kate Holl tells us more about tree coring … Continue reading

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A trip to a wooded rock off the west of Scotland where the herbivores don’t go!

Kate Holl, SNH Woodland Adviser, recently visited a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland. The island has no herbivores such as deer, allowing the plantlife to grow wilder than anywhere else in Scotland! On a perfect summer’s morning … Continue reading

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Diversification at Parkhill Farm

Parkhill farm has been in Roger Howison’s family for 117 years; over 215 hectares of mixed farmland rolling down to the banks of the River Tay and originally farmed by monks from the nearby Abbey.  Our Rural Resources Graduate Kristen … Continue reading

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The Rainforests of Britain and Ireland

Having walked and cycled around the ancient pinewoods of Scotland for his first book, Clifton Bain’s next challenge to cover the rainforests of Britain and Ireland was somewhat more daunting. Here he tells us about what he found along the … Continue reading

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Kate Holl, our woodland advisor, searches for the answer by exploring woodland in our neighbouring countries through a Churchill Fellowship. My Churchill Fellowship really began back in 2012 in this little bit of woodland on the Isle of Mull deer-fenced … Continue reading

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Nature and “cryptic” art – it’s there, you just have to see it

Artist Anne Gilchrist’s work concentrates entirely on the natural world. Her work in Scottish woodlands takes time to meditate on our relationship with nature. With guided walks she directs her audience to find art generated by its immediate environment and … Continue reading

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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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Norwegian wood

Question: What does Norway have in common with Scotland?  Answer: Much more than those of us attending a talk by Scots-born ecologist, Duncan Halley, expected. Duncan lives and works in Norway for the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). He … Continue reading

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Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland

How do you help someone to take the leap from thinking that, maybe they’d like to start cycling, to actually sitting on a saddle and pedalling? Surveys often tell us that people mulling over that leap would be happier taking … Continue reading

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A late feeding frenzy at Craigellachie

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve is easily glimpsed from the A9, but as it sits on the other side of the road to Aviemore it can be overlooked. More’s the pity as it is one of our finest nature reserves, as … Continue reading

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