27 Jul 2021 - 26 Jul 2022
  • Edderton Woods and Struy Woods

    Date 11 08 2021 10:00
    Capacity 12/25
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    Hosted by RSFS Northern Region.

    Rendezvous and car parking point is a short distance up a farm track. Turn in a short distance before entering Edderton village. The usual RSFS signs at this point.

    Travelling on the A9 from either south or north, it is approx. 4 k’s from the junction of the A9 and the A 836, south end of the Dornoch bridge.

    Morning visit to Edderton woods (hosts: Hugh Clarke & Cameron Ross, Crosscut Forestry) and afternoon visit to Struy woods restocking site  (host: Ian Imlack, Fountains Forestry).

    Edderton Farm Woodlands


    Edderton Farm and its woodland, on the southern shores of the Dornoch Firth in the parish of Edderton in Easter Ross, was owned by Mr Reay Clarke since 1950’s. At that time the farm was almost devoid of trees and the woodlands that exist on the farm now are unique in the sense that they were under the stewardship of Mr Clarke for over sixty years up to his death in 2017. It was he who started the planting in 1956 within the Edderton Burn Glen and continued the establishment of woodland up until 1998 resulting in the present woodland area of 90hectares which is now owned by members of his family.

    There are very few woodlands in the country that have had such care and attention from the one individual over such a prolonged period and the detailed records of their development provide an valuable insight into the post WW2 afforestation era in the highlands of Scotland.

    This approach to woodland management has been recognised by the Scotland’s Finest Woodland Awards with the Edderton Woodlands having twice won the Hunter Blair trophy for the Management of Small Woods in 1996 & 1999 and coming second in 2002.


    The woodland areas have a generally northerly aspect and lie between 10m beside the A836 road and 180m on the Upper Hill of Edderton. The Edderton Burn Glen is a steep sided, melt water channel with a sheltered floor. The Hill of Edderton is mainly an exposed steep hillside which was formerly croft land and heather moorland.

    Most of the soils where the woodlands occur are derived from Old Red Sandstone with brown earths occurring on the sides of the glen and peaty podsols on the hill. Some soil enrichment and improvement has occurred where areas of former agricultural land have been included in the woods such as on the former croft fields on the Hill of Edderton and small areas of arable land adjacent to the steep sides of the glen.

    Rainfall is generally low at c32” per annum and the prevailing winds are south westerly.

    Within the Edderton Burn Glen the Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir have grown well with the Sitka achieving Yield Class 20 and above. Most of the coniferous crop has been thinned twice and brashing has been carried out on some of the conifers and all of the broadleaves which have also grown well.  Despite some windblow this area of woodland has developed into an attractive mixed woodland environment with a wide range of species and age classes mixed in a fairly intimate manner which has the potential to be developed further through the introduction of a Low Impact Silvicultural System.

    The crop on the Hill of Edderton was established during the 1980’s & 90’s and if an early example of woodlands established under the Farm Woodland Scheme introduced to encourage farmers into woodland management. It is mainly broadleaved woodland with Oak and Gean having been planted on the lower slopes with Birch, Ash, and Sycamore above this and Scots Pine and Birch on the higher ground.  

    Dieback and check has been experienced on the Birch, especially where planted on thick heather, but in general the crop has established well and early thinning and formative pruning has been carried out with some areas ready for their next thin. 

    Chalara (Ash Dieback) was first noted on the site in 2020.

  • Glen Massan deer day

    17 08 2021 10:00
    Glen Massan
    17 08 2021 10:00
    Glen Massan deer day

    Central Region have a visit planned for Tuesday 17th August to Sandbank, near Dunoon. This will

    17/25 Free event
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    Central Region have a visit planned for Tuesday 17th August to Sandbank, near Dunoon. This will combine the issues of deer management with forestry operations. As deer populations continue to rise there are major issues affecting forestry. Not least is understanding the true costs of an effective regime set against a market price for a carcass that is less than half what it was forty years ago.

    The day will include a safari through Glen Massan and Glen Lean to view previous and current harvesting operations. Particular attention to quality control throughout the restructuring phase has big implications for long term economic performance. Reducing the requirements for Cat 1 roads by using in-forest haulage on a Morooka based low ground pressure vehicle will be discussed. As this is an active harvesting site, all attendees will be required to carry his-vis and a hard hat.

    The second part of the day will be to Winston Churchill Venison’s operating base at Balagowan to see their processing facility and to continue discussions. Winston’s retail outlet will be open! We recommend that you check out their website www.winstonchurchillvenison.com

    Our hosts for the morning will be John Hartz, the owner of Glen Massan and Digby Guy; the afternoon host will be Winston and Angus Churchill.

    Subject to Covid restrictions having been lifted on the 9th August, lunch will be provided and will be venison based. Depending on the weather we will either enjoy a panoramic view over Loch Tarsan or be under cover at Balagowan.

    Rendezvous is for 10am at a layby/forest entrance on the minor road into Glen Massan from the A815. There is a sign for Glen Massan and the turning is about 750m towards Sandbank from the Cothouse service station and café. The Grid Ref of the layby is NS 138 840 or, the marvellously apposite what3words locator is visual.surely.loafing  If you would like to have a coffee on arrival please bring that with you. We will be aiming to finish the day at Balagowan at approx. 3.30pm.

    The tour will be done in vehicles and a 4x4 is recommended. If you can team up with others before arrival that would be very helpful. We will endeavour to minimise the number of cars in the convoy by leaving surplus ones at the rendezvous. Total numbers restricted to 25 so please book early.

    The day can be completed without any strenuous exercise but there are harvesting and restock sites to walk into if desired. Appropriate footwear and wet weather gear at your choice.

  • Baddinsgill Estate

    26 08 2021 10:00
    Baddingsgill Farm
    26 08 2021 10:00
    Baddinsgill Estate

    Courtesy of Gavin and Nick Marshall.

    Topics will include many aspects of establishing and managing

    10/30 Free event
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    Courtesy of Gavin and Nick Marshall.

    Topics will include many aspects of establishing and managing woodlands on a mixed farming, forestry and sporting estate. Efficient firewood operation and kiln drying. Managing woodlands on an exposed site. 

    The day will involve an approximately 1.5 mile walk on paths and some uneven terrain with one short steeper section. Please let us know if you have any particular access requirements, vehicle support may be available. 

    There will be an informal Lothian & Borders Region Annual Board Meeting at the end of the day. 

    RV - 10.00am, Baddinsgill Farm EH46 7HL NT126550

  • Ledmore and Migdale Woods

    09 09 2021 10:00
    Migdale Car Park
    09 09 2021 10:00
    Ledmore and Migdale Woods

    Ledmore and Migdale Woods (host: Woodland Trust – Ross Watson). Native woodland restoration. Mixed NR:

    7/20 Paid event
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    Ledmore and Migdale Woods (host: Woodland Trust – Ross Watson). Native woodland restoration. Mixed NR: Birch/SP/ Quercis P. woodlands overlooking the Dornoch Firth. RV at Car Park OS: NH 669 907.

  • Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot

    18 09 2021 10:00
    Forrest Estate Experiences
    18 09 2021 10:00
    Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot

    Annual RSFS clay pigeon competition at Forrest Estate Experiences, St John’s Town of Dalry, DG7 3XS

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    Annual RSFS clay pigeon competition at Forrest Estate Experiences, St John’s Town of Dalry, DG7 3XS

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