14 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2025
  • Ben Lawers & Cambusurich

    Date 16.07.2024 10:00
    Central Region
    Ben Lawyers
    16.07.2024 10:00
    [Central Region]
    Ben Lawers & Cambusurich

    Description

    Morning – a visit to Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve to look at woodland, and in

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    Description

    Morning – a visit to Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve to look at woodland, and in particular, montane scrub regeneration on the upper slopes of Beinn Ghlas. In 2023, NTS introduced controlled grazing cattle using  geo-collars within the reserve to try & break up ground vegetaion & create seed beds for further regeneration. We will have the opportunity to look at the effects of this & view the cattle on site.

    Afternoon – we will visit Cambusurich Wood to look at the diverse range of conifer species planted to meet the owners objectives and discuss the ongoing silviculture of these stands. There will also be a chance to view the SSSI native woodland and discuss fencing/deer exclusion.

    Outcomes

    Morning – discussion on establishing montane scrub & management of controlled livestock grazing

    Afternoon – managing stands of diverse conifer and their future silviculture.

    Hosts

    Ben Lawers – Helen Cole, NTS

    Cambusurich - Weronika Rapa, Scottish Woodlands

    Lunch/refreshment arrangements

    Please make your own arrangements

    PPE and other equipment

    Stout footwear & waterproof clothing

    Parking and meeting

    Meet at Ben Lawers NTS car park

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    Afternoon - ///gazes.suave.busy

  • Beinn Eighe Reserve

    09.08.2024 10:00
    North Region
    Ben Eighe Nature Reserve
    09.08.2024 10:00
    [North Region]
    Beinn Eighe Reserve

    Introduction

    The focus will be on protection and augmentation of trees within the reserve, deer

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    Introduction

    The focus will be on protection and augmentation of trees within the reserve, deer management and safeguarding of the Ancient woodland remnants.

    Hosts

    Doug Bartholomew, NatureScot

    Outcomes

    Appreciation of management of trees within a sensitive publicly owned environment

    Refreshment

    Bring your own packed lunch.

    Facilities

    Toilets available at Nature Scotland Office

    PPE or special equipment

    Stout shoes or boots

    Waterproofs

    Terrain

    Rocky terrain with steep sections

    Meeting point

    Nature Scotland Office Kinlochewe

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    Grid ref is NH 02486297

    Directions
    From south - Through KInlochewe on A832. Turn right 600m past filling station
    From north - Towards Kinlochewe on A832. Turn left 600m past Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre

     

     

  • Ground Preparation in Large Scale Forestry

    10.09.2024 09:45
    Central Region
    30/30
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    A detailed visit and discussion of the various ground preparation techniques used at Coulshill & The Corb forest. Starting with refreshments and a background discussion and brief, the group will travel to the site where a number of different ground preparation techniques will be on show along with time to examine and discuss the techniques used.

    Host

    Neil White, Scottish Woodlands

    Outcomes

    • Opportunity to view different forestry ground preparation techniques and discuss their merits
    • A chance to see Coulshill and the Corb – the largest commercial woodland in Scotland for ten years
    • Plenty of time for discussion, networking

    Refreshment

    Coffee, tea, scones and traybakes will be available on arrival at The Tee Room,

    Please bring a packed lunch which will be eaten the hill.

    Facilities

    There will be toilets at The Tee Room and

    Cchemical flushing toilets and handwashing facilities are available on the site.

    PPE or special equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing

    Strong fiootwear

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at The Tee Room

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  • Crofthead Forest

    20.09.2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Crofthead Forest
    20.09.2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Crofthead Forest

    Introduction

    Crofthead forest is c.300ha comprising a mixture of p70’s plantation undergoing

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    Introduction

    Crofthead forest is c.300ha comprising a mixture of p70’s plantation undergoing restructuring and new woodland creation from 2018 & 2021 some of which won Scotland's Finest Woods awards “best new commercial woodland” in 2023.

    Programme

    Morning

    Walk through p2018 woodland creation featuring some diverse species and mixtures.

    Restocking from 2018 – 2021 featuring a range of species

    Afternoon

    New productive broadleaf planting carried out by neighbours in 2021 now part of Crofthead Forest.

    More challenging upland restocking – Sitka pine mixtures and some other conifer/broadleaf.

    Potential to see recent harvesting which may still be ongoing and to discuss restocking plans, weevil issues etc

    Hosts

    Richard Davidson

    Andrew Macqueen

    Outcomes

    None specified

    Refreshment

    Bring your own packed lunch.

    PPE or special equipment

    Hard hats & Hi Vis are required as live harvesting is still ongoing

    Terrain

    None specified

    Meeting point

    Entrance gate just south of A708, NT 10690 04261 

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  • Culzean

    22.10.2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Culzean Castle
    22.10.2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Culzean

    Programme

    The plan for the morning is to be hosted by the Marquess of Ailsa, whose family gifted

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    Programme

    The plan for the morning is to be hosted by the Marquess of Ailsa, whose family gifted Culzean to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). The main land use on the residual estate is arable farming together with a number of tenanted farms. There is a significant area of forestry and woodland integrated in to the farm land and although we will be told by the owner that he is a hard-working farmer and doesn’t do forestry, don’t believe him. 

    In the afternoon we will visit woodlands in the Country Park, the western part of the estate gifted to the NTS in 1956.   We will walk to: cliff top SSSI woodlands; inland policies including Happy Valley with ‘Adam and Eve’, P1851 Sitka spruce; woodland gardens and the deer park. We should also catch glimpses of the iconic castle. 

    Host

    Marquess of Ailsa 

    National Trust for Scotland (NTS)

    Outcomes

    What are the family’s drivers for forestry; what works well; what presents more of a challenge? 

    Learn about the general management of the woods, topics including the Long Term Forest Plan under preparation and invasive species removal.

    Refreshment

    Bring your own lunch.

    PPE or special equipment

    None specified

    Terrain

    There are made paths throughout, which can get muddy, and inclines are gentle.

    Meeting point

    Take road to Culzean Kennels on the right-hand side of the A719 just beyond the main entrance to Culzean heading SW towards Maidens.

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