Category Archives: Miscellaneous


Alan Watson Featherstone, Founder of Trees for Life, writes about his experiences out in the Caledonian Forest, and about his work for the charity.

A day in Glasdrum Wood, Part 2

This is the follow up to my previous blog, about my visit to Glasdrum Wood National Nature Reserve in Argyll at the end of July. Rather than make one very long blog, I decided to split it into two, in

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A day in Glasdrum Wood, part 1

For quite a few years I’d been wanting to visit Glasdrum Wood, a special area of temperate rainforest that is protected as a National Nature Reserve (NNR) on the west coast of Scotland, and at the end of July I

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Birth and death on a birch tree

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

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A day at Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein was a slightly unusual destination for one of my photographic trips, as I usually go to the glens west of Loch Ness, where Trees for Life carries out most of its forest restoration work. However, my partner’s son

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Remembering Doug Tompkins

The world lost one of its leading and most effective conservationists this week, with the passing of Doug Tompkins, as a result of a kayaking accident on Lago General Carrera in southern Patagonia in Chile. Although he was perhaps not well

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A visit to Scotland’s most westerly pinewood

Over the years I’ve visited many of the old native pinewoods that are remnants of the original Caledonian Forest, which formerly covered much of the Highlands. However, I’d never been to the most westerly of those pinewood areas, at Shieldaig

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Study tour to Norway: Part 1 – Fidjadalen

In late May, we organised a trip for seven Trees for Life staff, plus eight other people from Scottish conservation organisations (including one of our board members) to southwest Norway. We flew over to Stavanger and were met there by

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In search of Scotland’s oldest pines

In 1997, the Forestry Commission’s research branch made a remarkable discovery when they were surveying a remote and small remnant of the native pinewoods of the Caledonian Forest in Glen Loyne, in Lochaber. They found that the average age of the

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Return to the Barrach Wood

After my visit to the Barrach Wood at Cougie near Glen Affric in late November last year, I was keen to return and explore more of this special area so in early January I made it the destination for my

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The frozen forest

In between Christmas and New Year we had some cold frosty days, coming on the heels of a recent snowfall, so I took the opportunity of spendng a day out in an area of native woodland in the Spey River

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