The Lynx and Us

Banner book cover A forest is more than trees, it is a web of life. It is complex and includes many thousands of different organisms all performing an important role, from the plants that make up the different layers of the forest to the fungi that help to recycle nutrients by decomposing dead material. Animals feed on the plants and each other to help ensure a natural balance. Crucial to this natural balance are the predators because they help to ensure there are not too many other animals eating the plants. All of the large predators, like wolves and bears, have been lost from Scotland because of human persecution. This is one reason why the forest cannot recover outside fences in the Highlands because there are so many deer that eat every tree seedling they find. … read more

  • 14th Aug 2018, by Steve Micklewright

Giving a boost to the ‘wee trees’ - Photoblog

IMG_3209 Collecting cuttings from rare montane willows is a difficult but vitally important task. Montane trees are specialist species which have adapted to grow at high altitudes, above the normal tree line, in the face of high winds and dramatic temperature changes. … read more

  • 19th Jul 2018

Why can’t we talk about beavers?

PCA-20090604-10 Ending old conflicts about land management and wildlife means facing up to hard conversations positively, not hiding from them. The rush to trap a small family of beavers in Strathglass shows that the Scottish government is being overtaken by England’s increasingly progressive agenda for land use and the natural environment. … read more

  • 10th Apr 2018, by Alan McDonnell, image © Peter Cairns, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

GRNLND2018 - Trees for Life: Carbon Offsetting and the Caledonian Forest

8 This spring Matthew and Leo will be travelling to Arctic Greenland, undertaking a 40-day expedition with both scientific and mountaineering objectives. Before setting off they kindly chose to offset the carbon footprint of their expedition by planting trees with us - restoring the wild forest. They hope to continue fundraising along the way with donations going to Trees for Life and Anxiety UK. Matt wrote this blog to show why he believes carbon offsetting is so important. … read more

  • 28th Mar 2018, by Matthew Hay

Getting Dirty With Trees For Life

small IMG_5558 6:30 am. The world is white and the air is full of water. It’s that crisp morning chill when you’d rather nurse a cup of hot tea inside, or, better even, snuggle under a thick blanket. But… Cuck-oo.  … read more

  • 6th Nov 2017, by Kira Tverskaya

Connecting with nature

IMG_0091 The world of conservation can sometimes be quite focused on the accumulation of knowledge and facts – which is great! The natural world is endlessly fascinating, but could it be that focusing exclusively on this very intellectual kind of connection to things becomes an obstacle to a deeper, more emotional connection? … read more

  • 18th Oct 2017, by Tom Morgan

New spring season starts at Dundreggan 

Volunteers banner for website "It was a real pleasure to be running the first conservation week of the Spring season with my fellow Volunteer Team Leader, and Trees for Life legend, Joan Fairhurst." … read more

  • 12th Apr 2017, by John Hodgson

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