A day in Glasdrum Wood: Part 2

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 08.45.26 Continuing on from his previous blog, our Founder explores further into Glasdrum Wood NNR, where there is much more to the forest than first meets the eye ... read more


  • 13th Sep 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Visiting Scotland's rainforests: A day in Glasdrum Wood

IMG_2499 Our Founder plunges into the fascinating world of fungi and lichens on his visit to a protected National Nature Reserve (NNR) rainforest on the west coast of Scotland. 

  • 31st Aug 2016, by Alan Watson Featherstone

Surveying tree regeneration in the Cairngorms

P8160026 Volunteer and Conservation Week leader John Hodgson was recently part of a Trees for Life team visiting Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms, walking transects to survey the rate of natural tree regeneration in the area. Read about his experiences and insights on how to expand the forest in this part of the Scottish Highlands. … read more

  • 30th Aug 2016, by John Hodgson

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/

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