Author: Alan

From beavers to bears – we need a map!

Rewilding may be a hot topic but, says Alan Carter, the legal framework for reintroductions needs to be improved. This year, Denmark got its first wild wolf pack for over 200 years. It wasn’t part of any government programme. No

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Rewilding urban greenspace in Aberdeen

From Reforesting Scotland Journal 56: Wild Again (autumn 2017 issue) At first glance, ‘rewilding the city’ might sound like a contradiction. To some people, the wild is defined by the absence of interfering humans. How can wildness exist in that

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Reforesting Scotland Journal 56: Wild Again

Autumn/winter 2017 issue The theme of the Autumn 2017 issue of Reforesting Scotland is ‘Wild again!’ and we take a look at ecological restoration and reintroductions. Articles include: ‘Tree line‘ by nature writer Jim Crumley, ‘From beavers to bears‘ by

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Annual Gathering 2017 – Comrie Croft

Friday 13th October to Sunday 15th October 2017 The venue for this year’s Annual Gathering is Comrie Croft, near Creiff. The theme of the Gathering and of the Reforesting Scotland Journal no. 56 will be Rewilding. Events Performance poetry by

Booking now open for RS Gathering 2017: Rewilding

Booking is now open for the 2017 Reforesting Scotland Gathering, with a discount for early birds. The Gathering will take place from Friday 13th October to Sunday 15th October 2017. The venue is Comrie Croft and the theme of the

Reforesting Scotland Journal 55

Spring/Summer 2017: Wild Harvests The theme of this issue of Reforesting Scotland is ‘Wild Harvests’ and we take a look at a range of wild harvests, including forest microbes and materials for tanning hides, as well as various aspects of

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Pine martens

If there was ever an animal that showed the changes that cascade through the web of ecological relationships when you add or remove one of its members, it is the pine marten (Martes martes). This native woodlander was once removed

Could Brexit end the lose-lose situation in Scotland’s uplands?

Alan Carter asks, could Brexit be an opportunity to craft a sane economic vision for our uplands? In 2011, consultants from the Scottish Agricultural College began a study into the comparative economics of commercial forestry and hill sheep farming in

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EVENT: Scottish Woodland History Conference

The Native Woodland Discussion Group is hosting a conference on Scottish woodland history on Friday the 18th of November at the SNH headquarters in Battleby, Perthshire. Details can be found at  or on Facebook at This post was

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EVENT: Getting Value from Local Woods

11 November 2016 Organised by the Forest Policy Group which is supported by Reforesting Scotland. Details here.