28 May 2024 - 27 May 2025
  • Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    Date 30 05 2024 9:30
    RSFS Training Days
    Cashel Forest Trust
    30 05 2024 9:30
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the

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    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the morning will be spent in the oak, ash and riparian woodlands of nearby Ardyle Wood.  We will focus on the vascular plants which indicate the different site types, including soil conditions, and NVC woodland communities. Ancient woodland indicator species will be noted and some distinctive indicator bryophytes.

    The afternoon will largely focus on open ground habitats at Cashel; types of ground often used for planting. We will mostly be on the hill, viewing grasslands, heathlands and mires, identifying the common plant species which indicate the main site types. Two more upland woodland communities will be seen. Again, there will be some soil pits to visit, including one in more improved agricultural grassland back down near the visitor centre.

    Full programme and a comprehensive set of handouts will be sent nearer the time.

    Outcomes

    During this largely field-based day participants will learn to identify key plants associated with different types of woodland and open ground habitats; plants which indicate soil factors and which aid tree species selection and forest management decisions.

    Ancient woodland indicators, bryophytes and links to National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and Ecological Site Classification (ESC) will be touched on. Several soil pits and soil exposures will be seen during the day and associated plants identified.

    The handouts and reading list will be enable participants to continue learning afterwards.

    Trainers

    • Carol Crawford
    • Andrew MacQueen

    Refreshments

    Tea & coffee on arrival and in afternoon.

    Bring Your Own packed lunch

    PPE or special equipment

    • Waterproof outerwear; and
    • Suitable footwear.

    A list of what to bring will be sent nearer time.

    Terrain and accessibility

    The morning will be largely on made paths, initially with a steady incline, descending in second half.

    In the afternoon we will largely be on rough ground, rather than tracks, including wet mires, and there will be short distances of relatively strenuous walking.

    Meeting point

    Cashel Visitor Centre

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  • Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    05 06 2024 9:30
    RSFS Training Days
    Cashel Forest Trust
    05 06 2024 9:30
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Indicator Plants & Soils for Foresters

    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the

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    Description

    After an introduction in the Cashel Forest Centre, and a review of the handouts, the morning will be spent in the oak, ash and riparian woodlands of nearby Ardyle Wood.  We will focus on the vascular plants which indicate the different site types, including soil conditions, and NVC woodland communities. Ancient woodland indicator species will be noted and some distinctive indicator bryophytes.

    The afternoon will largely focus on open ground habitats at Cashel; types of ground often used for planting. We will mostly be on the hill, viewing grasslands, heathlands and mires, identifying the common plant species which indicate the main site types. Two more upland woodland communities will be seen. Again, there will be some soil pits to visit, including one in more improved agricultural grassland back down near the visitor centre.

    Full programme and a comprehensive set of handouts will be sent nearer the time.

    Outcomes

    During this largely field-based day participants will learn to identify key plants associated with different types of woodland and open ground habitats; plants which indicate soil factors and which aid tree species selection and forest management decisions.

    Ancient woodland indicators, bryophytes and links to National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and Ecological Site Classification (ESC) will be touched on. Several soil pits and soil exposures will be seen during the day and associated plants identified.

    The handouts and reading list will be enable participants to continue learning afterwards.

    Trainers

    • Carol Crawford
    • Andrew MacQueen

    Refreshments

    Tea & coffee on arrival and in afternoon.

    Bring Your Own packed lunch

    PPE or special equipment

    • Waterproof outerwear; and
    • Suitable footwear.

    A list of what to bring will be sent nearer time.

    Terrain and accessibility

    The morning will be largely on made paths, initially with a steady incline, descending in second half.

    In the afternoon we will largely be on rough ground, rather than tracks, including wet mires, and there will be short distances of relatively strenuous walking.

    Meeting point

    Cashel Visitor Centre

    WTW: /dull/activates/online

  • Safety Awareness in Mechanised Forestry

    11 06 2024 9:00
    RSFS Training Days
    Durris Kirkton Village Hall
    11 06 2024 9:00
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Safety Awareness in Mechanised Forestry

    Programme

    Mechanised forest operations carry significant risk and many of the fatal and serious

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    Mechanised forest operations carry significant risk and many of the fatal and serious accidents within our industry are caused by workers entering risk zones of machinery or chainsaw operations. This course is designed to highlight the most common risks associated with mechanised forestry and describe controls that all workers should observe to keep themselves safe. This course is suitable for anybody who may encounter live work sites whilst out in the forest including roles within Delivery, Planning, Environment, Wildlife and Recreation/Visitor Services. The event includes an afternoon visit to a live harvesting site and the end time will be dependent upon how that site visit goes.

    Trainer

    Forestry and Land Scotland Learning & Development Technical Trainers

    Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Identify and Describe the hazards and risks of harvesting and ground prep sites
    • Reduce risks and stay safe around forestry machine operations
    • Explain and understand current safety procedures.

    Refreshment

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    We will visit a live operational site in the afternoon, so please bring full PPE for harvesting sites, suitable outdoor clothing, and appropriate footwear for all weather.

    • High vis vest/jacket
    • Hard hat 
    • Safety shoes 

    In addition, please dress appropriately for all weathers. Waterproofs and layers are advisable.  

    Please ensure that any equipment you take to the training event has been inspected/serviced and free from faults/damage prior to the event. 

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the Durris Kirkton Hall

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  • Inshriach & Glenmore forests

    19 06 2024 10:00
    North Region
    Parking @ Cairngorm Gliding Club
    19 06 2024 10:00
    [North Region]
    Inshriach & Glenmore forests

    Description

    Ongoing management of FLS Inshriach & Glenmore forests, including work with Cairngorms

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    Ongoing management of FLS Inshriach & Glenmore forests, including work with Cairngorms Connect.

    Inshriach Forest – Stop 1:  dramatic wind throw following Storm Gerrit Dec 2023, how to manage given many constraints.   Stop 2: Feshie plug – recent felling to help with naturalising the river system Stop 3: deer larder and deer management.

    Glenmore Forest – Stop 4: above Ryvoan pass – successful regeneration of pine woodland. Stop 5: east of Badaguish – ongoing removal of Sitka with the aim of regenerating pine woodland.

    Outcomes

    Understand the opportunities and constraints for managing established forestry in an area which is highly designated for its rare habitats, species and scenic value, and with high public access.

    Host

    Brian Duff, FLS and colleagues

    Lunch/refreshment arrangements

    Bring your own refreshments and lunch

    Toilet on route at Glenmore, no other facilities available

    Terrain

    Forest roads, forest rides, and walking across recently felled land (latter is optional).

    PPE and other equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing.

    Stout footwear.

    Parking and Meeting

    Car park by Cairngorm glider field, 1 mile south of Feshiebridge. For the second half of the day we will regroup at Inverdruie to share cars.

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  • Introduction to species choice

    20 06 2024 9:00
    RSFS Training Days
    Moffat Town Hall
    20 06 2024 9:00
    [RSFS Training Days]
    Introduction to species choice

    This is the first of the new programme of RSFS Training Days in 2024.  The programme for the day

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    This is the first of the new programme of RSFS Training Days in 2024.  The programme for the day is:

    0900                  Arrival at Moffat Town Hall – Tea / Coffee and biscuits will be available.

    0915-1030          Indoor session to introduce fundamental concepts and touch on ESC

    1045-1100          Depart for nearby Crofthead forest.

    1100-1230          Examination of low elevation sites with a range of soil moisture and nutrient regimes and examples of established species

    1230-1300           Lunch (bring packed lunch)

    1300-1430           Examination of high elevation sites with a range of soil moisture and nutrient regimes

    1430-1600           Group exercise examining a range of site conditions applying previous learnings

    1545-1600           Close

    Trainer

    Andrew Macqueen – forester, AMS Silviculture

    Carlota Martin Souto - forester, Ground Truth Forestry 

    Outcomes

    With forest policy steering applicants to deliver greater diversity, there is a need to practice effective site appraisal to ensure diverse species grow successfully and meet the management objectives.

    Practitioners commonly have limited exposure to establishing different species and this uncertainty, along with lack of easily accessible support can lead to suboptimal deployment of other species. This workshop will allow delegates to examine different site types both lowland and upland with a range of species established whilst exchanging knowledge and being signposted to available resources.

    Refreshment

    Bring Your Own Lunch and other refreshments

    PPE or special equipment

    Good quality wet weather clothing

    HiViz vest/jacket

    Terrain and accessibility

    Meeting point

    Participants to meet at the town hall

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  • Capendoch

    28 06 2024 10:00
    South West Region
    Penfillan Farm Steading
    28 06 2024 10:00
    [South West Region]
    Capendoch

    Capenoch

    Capenoch extends to 1000 hectares. 495 hectares are forestry, 385hectares are farmed in hand

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    Capenoch

    Capenoch extends to 1000 hectares. 495 hectares are forestry, 385hectares are farmed in hand using a contractor, and 120 hectares are let on an agricultural tenancy. There are no employees. 63% of the forested area is Sitka Spruce, and 20% is broadleaved woodland. Nearly all larch has been felled as a result of SPHN notices. Conifer diversity is now provided by Norway Spruce and Douglas fir. There is an approved Scottish Forestry Long Term Plan.

    Wood of Keyr project

    This was inspired by DAMP and study of Blaeus Atlas of 1654 , which shows “ The Wood of Keyr” as an extensive broadleaved woodland, throughout Keir parish. Much of this woodland has been lost in the past 370 years. Some field margin trees and small areas of ancient woodland remain. The Wood of Keyr project was launched in 2022, to re-establish field tress throughout the parish. Funding has been provided by The Woodland Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council Nature Restoration Fund.  The work to plant up to 20 trees on 20 farms has been organized by Dumfries and Galloway Woodlands.

    Host

    Robert Gladstone

    Outcomes

    Stop 1 Riparian Woodland

    Rural Stewardship scheme 2011

    Discuss ash regeneration, fencing small woods etc

    Stop 2 Horse wood

    Wood Pasture. Individually guarded oaks, under various grant schemes including Wood of Keyr 2023

    Discuss spec of tree stockades, grazing regime, grants etc

    Stop 3 Horse wood

    Natural Oak woodland

    Consider thinning, regeneration, ash, and long term future

    Stop 4 Piper Knowe

    New planting of oak and alder on farmland under Rural Stewardship scheme 2016

    Discuss removal of tubes

    Lunch in New Room Penfillan

    Stop 5 Long Bank

    Mature natural oak. Light thinning and Rhododendron removed under WIG scheme 1999

    Stop 6 Johns wood 1987

    Overview of commercial forestry. Broadleaves in upland situation. Integrating broadleaves with commercial forestry.

    Refreshments and lunch

    Please bring your own.

    PPE and equipment

    None required

    Meeting point

    Penfillan Farm Steading

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  • Ground Preparation in Large Scale Forestry

    10 09 2024 9:45
    Central Region
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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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    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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