Floral attraction in Glen Affric

IMG_1999-768x512 July is one of my favourite months of the year, as it is the peak time for a lot of activity in nature – the blossoming of  many summer flowers, their pollination by a host of insects and the dispersal of young birds and mammals from their parents, to name some of the main events ... read more

  • 18th Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Birth and death on a birch tree

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 12.24.21 On Saturday 9th July I spent some time in my garden looking at an aspen tree (Populus tremula) I planted there about 10 years ago. As I was doing so, I noticed little spots of liquid on some of the leaves that I recognised as being the honeydew that is secreted by aphids when they feed on the tree’s sap. This prompted me to start looking at the leaves higher up on the tree ... read more

  • 1st Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Rewild and recover - A case study in eco-therapy

WP_20160523_15_29_25_Pro In June 2015 Alasdair Taylor arrived at Dundreggan as a Long-Term Volunteer, eager to immerse himself in the Ancient Caledonian Forest and to fulfil a long-held ambition to contribute to Trees for Life's mission. He details his journey of then going on to facilitate a Trees for Life Conservation Week focused on ecotherapy in May this year. … read more

  • 28th Jul 2016, by Alasdair Taylor

Glenfeshie reborn - Rewilding a sporting estate

NS-PC-12211473 copy Can regeneration of existing woodland be achieved just by reducing deer numbers? Surprisingly, a few decades ago, the answer to that question – that indeed it is possible - was not universally accepted. Roy Turnbull, long-time volunteer and supporter of Trees for Life visits Glenfeshie Estate to witness the transformation. … read more

  • 27th Jul 2016, by Roy Turnbull, Main photo © Peter Cairns/

A day at Loch an Eilein

img_0257 Our Founder visits Loch an Eilein, one of the more readily accessible areas of native pinewood in the Cairngorms National Park.

  • 20th Jul 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Helping Nature make her own Forests

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 12.54.46 Matt Dalby, Trees for Life volunteer and Conservation Week Leader, on planting 5,700 in the Scottish Highlands... … read more

  • 19th Jul 2016, by Matt Dalby

A great year for rowan flowers

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 14.28.31 It has been a different experience to usual for me this spring, as I was away in southern South America for over 3 weeks from the middle of April onwards, where it was autumn in the forests...

  • 4th Jul 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

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