Burying Beetles like to recycle too

Burying beetles are probably not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are now intrigued then do read on. Burying beetles comprise a whole family of beetles called the Silphidae, many of them associated with carrion which means they are important decomposers and recyclers.  They are known as the undertakers of the animal world and without them we would be up …

Oak

Oak (Quercus robor and Q. petrea; Dair or Darroch in Gaelic) Oaks are possibly the best known and most readily identified Scottish tree. Their long leaves with sinuously curved lobes are like no others and their cupped acorns or hard round ‘oak apples’ (galls caused by an insect) often become playthings for young children. The true native of Scotland is …

South Scotland Tree Planting Grant

Media Release8 April 2021 New Tree-Planting Initiative Takes Root in South of Scotland Landscape Community Groups and Landowners Urged to apply for Funding Communities and wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from the planting of up to 10,000 new landscape trees over the next 12 months thanks to a new South of Scotland …

Tree Planting Guide

Here are a few tips to help you plant your 25th Birthday trees – your trees have specific preferences on the type of area they like to live in.  Rowan, oak, birch and crab apple prefer dry ground, hazel likes damp ground, willow does well in wet ground. Oaks need a significant amount of space and full light in order …

Corehead update

After more than a decade of managing the land at Corehead and the Devil’s Beef Tub, Borders Forest Trust is now looking forward to the next 10 years – and beyond – by putting in place plans for the next phase of the ongoing work to help nature flourish across this part of the Wild Heart of Southern Scotland. Environmental …

Aspen

Aspen, populous tremula  (Crithen or Eadha in Gaelic) grows throughout Europe. In Scotland it is our only native poplar. Now marginalised by many centuries of grazing, it is usually only to be found clinging to cliffs and sides of steep ravines, where animals cannot reach. The most notable characteristic of this slender tree is its long-stemmed, frilly-edged, rounded leaves, which …

Photography Competition

Borders Forest Trust is delighted to announce that as part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, we are launching a photography competition. The categories are: Wild flowers, Scottish native trees, View of the landscape, Mosses and lichens, Water The judges will be looking for images that are strong in terms of content, composition and light. Photographs must be taken in 2021 …

iRecord

What is iRecord? iRecord is a website for submitting, sharing and verifying biological records of wildlife and includes photos to allow verification. Records are collected and can be accessed and verified by local records centres and national recording schemes. This information can be used to monitor how wildlife is doing in specific areas, how distribution is changing with climate change, …

Poster Competition

Help us to celebrate our local woodlands and encourage other people to join in with our BIG Birthday activities this year by entering our 25th Birthday poster competition. This is open to children in age groups: up to 8 years old and 9 – 13 years old. The winner of each category will receive a Woodland Wildlife Detective kit (includes …

Rowan

The second tree in our 2021 tree guide is Rowan. This month, the ‘Survivor Tree’ – a rowan, is competing to be named European Tree of the Year – we are up against some strong competition, so please do vote. The Rowan, Sorbus aucuparia  (Luis or Chaoruin in Gaelic) has held on to some of its Scottish folklore. Most people …