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Of Riparian Trees and Fish and Fire

Our latest Directors’ blog is a guest article by Peter Cunningham, an aquatic biologist who has lived and worked in Wester Ross since 2001. In this article, he looks at the role of riparian woodlands (and alder in particular!) in sustaining wild fisheries, supporting riverbanks and reducing wildfires. I’m in 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…

Plastic-free Forests

Kicking off a series of blogs from the Directors of Reforesting Scotland, Nicola Hume checks out the new generation of non-plastic tree tubes and asks: do they work? To read as a pdf, click here. According to legend, Sir Ewan Cameron of Lochiel shot the last wolf in Scotland in Read more…