Volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope

Join BFT on Saturday 22 and 23 October for volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope. Help us plant native trees at the Trust’s newest site for ecological restoration. Meet at the upper Talla bridge on Saturday 22nd October (or Sunday 23rd October)at 9.30am. Grid Ref NT142201, on the unclassified road between Cappercleuch (A708) and Tweedsmuir (A701), just down from …

The seasons are shifting: Fungi at Corehead

The seasons are shifting and the fungi are out in beautiful displays at Corehead Farm.  As you wander up to the beech tree, the giant polypore (Miripulis giganteus) is still fruiting at its cut off roots, living off the now deadwood underground. Bachelors buttons (Bulgaria inquinans)  or ‘Fairy trampolines’ as I prefer to say, is on its trunk, tempting round …

We’re covered in Bees

 A few weeks ago, Alasdair and myself attended a Bumblebee Identification workshop run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to learn the basics on how to accurately identify species and tell the difference between males, female workers and queens. Look we caught a bee (and then let it go again…just in case you’re worried!!) Which bee is it?  When it comes …

Wyches in the Woods

The second year of our involvement in the UK National Tree Seed Project in partnership with Kew Gardens’ Millenium Tree Seed Bank is underway. And what better way to start than with an early summer collection of Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra). After getting landowner permissions for a woodland near Galashiels I had a good look around and found that it …

Planting trees with the next generation.

The Borders Tree Planting Grant has now finished its first year and had lots of successful applications and interest from many different applicants including private landowners, farmers, community groups, organisations and schools. Both Chirnside and Howdenburn (Jedburgh) Primary Schools successfully applied for the Tree Planting Grant and accessed funding for around 50 well established trees each. My Colleague, Anna Craigen …

Corehead High Camp 2016

We were lucky enough to have bright sunshine and a cooling breeze for our second ever Corehead High Camp which happened a few weeks back. Last year we focused on maintaining the fences that allow the trees to grow by excluding the sheep and deer (an on going task!).   This year, we were planting Juniper within the deer exclosure …

Talla and Gameshope Survey Day

Many thanks to all those who came along to help record the species in the Gameshope valley on the 8th May. The climate is certainly very changeable in those hills,  with the high winds of the night before, transforming into a hot sunny day.  This was good news for our enjoyment on the day but did mean the moth traps …

Leave No Trace

Its a wonderful experience having a fire in the woods, gathering some wild food and cooking on an open flame…but how to do it safely and without leaving a negative mark on the land? Last session we explored these ideas with the Junior Rangers. Here’s some of what we looked at: Leave no trace fires.  Having a fire off the …

First Tree Planting Day at Talla & Gameshope!

Volunteers welcome for first Tree Planting Day at Talla & Gameshope!  A great moment in restoring the wild heart of the Border hills takes place on Saturday 30th April. We will be planting the first trees of what will become a magnificent wooded upland landscape for future generations to treasure. We will be planting a few hundred trees, a mixture …

What has Owl been eating!?

We had lovely day at Corehead with the Junior rangers on Saturday, First we headed to Stotfield Gill, to remove some of the young larch which had seeded from the shelter belt into the recently replanted native woodland. During a break, some Junior rangers played in the stream, others made reed boats to race in it! Then it was back …