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Rehoming red squirrels

Rehoming red squirrels

by Chris ~ 31 March, 2017 ~ comments welcome

There are a number of established red squirrel populations in Scotland, and there are other suitable forested areas where they could live.  However, they are unlikely to make their way to forested areas near Kinlochewe and Plockton because they avoid crossing large areas of open ground (habitat fragmentation ?, need for wildlife corridors), and travel between trees.   Consequently, the charity “Trees for Life” has developed The Red Squirrel Reintroduction project.   Their aim is to establish ten ‘new’ populations in the north west Highlands – in order to increase the number and the range of the red squirrel. Read more…

Re-introductions and rewilding

Re-introductions and rewilding

by Richard ~ 23 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Rewilding is a word that has been used often by the media in recent times.  Broadly speaking, it refers to the re-introduction of species to areas or habitats where they have ‘died out’, in some cases hundreds of years ago.  The list of animals considered for rewilding varies, but the elk, wolf, lynx, wild boar, beavers and bears are possible candidates. Read more…

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 3 - Fixing A Slack Recoil Starter

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 3 – Fixing A Slack Recoil Starter

by catherine ~ 23 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

In our last chainsaw maintenance video Paul Collins shows us how to fix a slack recoil starter on a chainsaw. Read more…

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 4: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 4: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

by David Brown ~ 16 October, 2009 ~ comments welcome

Tracks and trackways

 

These seem to exist in almost every wood. Some are slightly sunken – something less than 0.2m and about a metre wide – while others are wide, two-lane highways with multiple sunken areas and banks on either side. Read more…

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 2 - Tensioning the Chain

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 2 – Tensioning the Chain

by catherine ~ 16 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Paul Collins continues his demonstration by replacing the guide bar and showing how to adjust the tension of the chain. Read more…

Building Bridges – working with young people at March Wood

Building Bridges – working with young people at March Wood

by Dave ~ 9 October, 2009 ~ one comment

Regular readers of the blog will be familiar with March Wood, the site of Play Action which gives city children an experience of the outdoors.  Play Action is a community project supported by Woodands.co.uk.  Dave Newton talks about the positive experiences of working with young people at March Wood. Read more…

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 1 - Guide Bar Maintenance

Chainsaw Maintenance Pt 1 – Guide Bar Maintenance

by catherine ~ 9 October, 2009 ~ one comment

Our previous chainsaw maintenance video has been so popular Woodlands TV has filmed another. Looking after your guide bar is presented by Paul Collins, Head of Department (Forestry and Arboriculture) at Plumpton College. Read more…

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 3: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

The Ghost of Workers Past Pt 3: Delving into the history hidden in your woodland

by David Brown ~ 5 October, 2009 ~ 2 comments

Recording your bank and/or ditch

It may well be marked on a 1:25000 Explorer map, so its position could be very easy to plot.  But it may not be complete – there could be gaps in it where vehicle access has been bulldozed through, or where old trackways crossed it. You may also wish to plot the position of important trees situated on the bank.  I’m going to assume you don’t have access to a GPS (they’re not very accurate, anyway – even the better ones), and you’ll need to mark the position of gaps or end points on your map. Read more…

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