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Reflowering Scotland

Our latest Directors’ blog is by NatureScot’s Woodland Officer, Kate Holl, who has co-authored a best practice guide on how to establish common woodland plants in broadleaved woodlands. For more information on the recent publication, visit the NatureScot Press Release. I think spring is my favourite season, and this year Read more…

Remembering Nature

Our latest Directors’ blog is a guest article by independent film-maker Ross Harrison, whose latest video Forgetting Nature will be released on Wednesday 17th March. In this post, Ross discusses his rationale for making the film and why the nexus between our increasingly digital lives and ecological amnesia is important. Read more…

The Importance of Soil Carbon

Our latest Directors’ blog is by Helen Armstrong, professional ecologist and founder of Broomhill Ecology. In it, she digests important new research on carbon sequestration in afforested ecosystems, and evaluates the implications this might have on woodland expansion policy in Scotland. Woodland expansion onto open ground is often cited as Read more…

Open landscapes and closed minds

Our latest Directors’ blog is a guest article by Gus Routledge, professional ecologist and ‘Scotland: The Big Picture’ trustee. In it, he explores the mindset of those opposed to native woodland expansion and the legitimacy of their concerns. Scotland’s native woodland was found to cover about 4% of our land Read more…

Trees or Peatlands: A False Dichotomy?

In the third instalment of our Directors’ blog, professional ecologist Andy McMullen questions the anti-tree orthodoxy of peatland conservationists. In Scotland, there can be an unfavourable attitude towards trees near peatlands.  Some wariness is understandable following planting of the unique Caithness & Sutherland peatlands with non-native conifers in the 1970s Read more…