Autumn in the Inverfarigaig rainforest

IMG_4092-300x200 Inverfarigaig is a small village on the southeast side of Loch Ness, about halfway down the loch’s 23 mile length, which takes its name from the River Farigaig that discharges into the loch there. ‘Inver’ is derived from the Gaelic word ‘inhbir’,  meaning ‘the mouth of a river’ and the Farigaig flows from the Monadhliath Mountains ...read more

  • 8th Dec 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A day in the Levishie rainforest

IMG_3577 "In temperate rainforests, the trunks and branches of the trees are completely enveloped in epiphytic mosses and lichens, sometimes forming mats or cushions several inches thick. For me it's always a special experience to step into their green and luxuriant umbrage, especially on a wet day like this, when temperate rainforests are at their most vibrant."

  • 25th Nov 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

The natural artwork of Scots pine bark

IMG_2776-300x200 Each year, in the middle of October I like to spend as much time as possible out in the Caledonian Forest, to appreciate the beauty of the trees in the richness of their autumn colours, and to indulge my passion for photographing them at this most special season ...read more

  • 12th Nov 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

25 years of regeneration at Coille Ruigh na Cuileige

IMG_1341 On September 14th this year it was the 25th anniversary of the completion of the first major project for Trees for Life – the protection of the 50 hectare fenced exclosure at Coille Ruigh na Cuileige in Glen Affric.

  • 2nd Nov 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

A small miracle on Dundreggan

IMG_8316-Pine-seedling-Binnilidh-Bheag-2007 "Forest recovery is underway at Dundreggan, and that seemingly miraculous events are occurring. When we work in tandem and harmony with nature’s inherent desire to restore diversity and abundance to a landscape, we create a dynamic synergy with nature that speeds up the process."

  • 27th Oct 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

An oasis of life in a depleted landscape

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 14.36.08 On the morning of the last of the three days I spent on the West Affric Estate in August, I took a different route to my four colleagues. They were crossing the Affric River to look at a new planting site on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, which is planned to extend the native woodland southwards, along the east side of the Allt a’ Chomhlain watercourse ... read more

  • 20th Sep 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

The devastating damage that deer can do, part 2

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 09.32.37 In August four colleagues and I spent three days on the West Affric Estate, a 10,000 acre area of land that encompasses the headwaters of the Affric River, and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). We were there to look at some of the areas that we worked with NTS on between 1993 and 2000, when ten deer-fenced exclosures were erected, to kick-start the process of forest recovery on the estate ... read more

  • 10th Sep 2015, by Alan Watson Featherstone

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