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Trees for Life | Restoring the Caledonian Forest
Trees for Life | Restoring the Caledonian Forest

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Students from the University of #Aberdeen joined us last week for a #Conservation Week at #Dundreggan. Judging from those happy faces, they has a great time!
“A great week, #inspiring and a good reminder to dream big. The awareness of the actions we take and the consequences was thought provoking and delivered in a non-confrontational way. Loved every minute of the week.” 
- Karen
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It's #Volunteers' Week and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered with us so far! The enthusiasm and energy to give time to Trees for Life has been second to none. Such dedicated helping hands are at the core of our work. From our regular Volunteers, to our Long Term Volunteers, we couldn't have accomplished so much without you!

If you're looking for inspiration and motivation, we've just posted a blog written last year by volunteer Stuart Rodger which gives a great account of our Conservation Weeks. Read it here: tinyurl.com/qa8rtga
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Look what we found! Our field staff are currently on a fabulous-looking trip in #Norway, looking at #montane scrub and other types of #woodland, along with Scottish Natural Heritage, Borders Forest Trust & Forestry Commission Scotland.
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2015-05-28
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Chris Packham has recently come out in support of the reintroduction of #wolf and #lynx. "What we would like to move towards is a more tolerant society that understands the fact that to have a sustainable working landscape we need large predators." You can read his interview in the Radio Times here: tinyurl.com/qaqx5kn Five years ago we produced a film on this subject called 'The Return'. Still relevant today, it can be viewed here: youtube.com/watch?v=2JGA3lNOzJk
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We're familiar with #rewilding the landscape, but what about rewilding our #language? This facinating article by Robert Macfarlane looks at endangered and unusual words from across the UK that describe some of the most intricate parts of the #natural world. "The word 'ammil' is a Devon term for the thin film of ice that lacquers all leaves, twigs and grass blades when a freeze follows a partial thaw, and that in sunlight can cause a whole landscape to glitter." Have you used, heard of or invented any words to describe the natural world? We would love to hear them! For inspiration, read the full article here: http://tinyurl.com/lokccys
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Have you nominated someone for our Trees for Life #Awards yet? We want to hear about those special #volunteers , focalisers or staff that have enhanced your experience with Trees for Life. Whether they have #inspired or supported you, we want to know!! Nominations are under four categories: Scots pine, Birch, Rowan and Oak. More information is available at http://treesforlife.org.uk/2015-trees-for-life-awards

The deadline for nominations is on Monday 11th May at 9am, with award winners being announced during National Volunteers Week: 1st - 7th June.
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Happy #EarthDay! Our Findhorn Office Team were lucky enough to escape the indoors today to visit our Conservation Estate at #Dundreggan. We were also joined by a group of Conservation Biology students from the University of Aberdeen, who were keen to learn about the work of Trees for Life. A big thank you to our Dundreggan Operations Manager, Doug Gilbert, who did an excellent job of showing us around. He even arranged sunshine and a spectacular view!
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Can you spot the spider? This is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) listed #lichen running #spider (Philodromus margaritatus). Seen in Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Affric and Dundreggan, they show how amazing nature is at adapting and evolving. Want to know more about this incredible behaviour? Head over to the #camouflage section of our website: treesforlife.org.uk/forest/forest-ecology/camouflage
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2015-04-16
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“The Highlands have an opportunity to reverse environmental degradation and create a world class wilderness region, offering a lifeline to wildlife including beavers, capercaillie, wood ants and pine martens, and restoring natural forests and wild spaces for our children and grandchildren.” - Alan Watson Featherstone

A compelling lecture was given by our Founder and Executive Director at #EdinburghZoo​ last week. Find out more: tinyurl.com/p6c6t53
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Want to learn more about rewilding? This informative article from James Walker at Conservation Careers nicely covers the main facts and perceptions, and how you can get into a career of rewilding. We even get a mention! Read here: tinyurl.com/ofcoy64
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