Burning on the Forest

Many of the tasks taking place across the forest are seasonal and some are weather dependent. See below for a season by season table of basic works.

Spring - Heathland restoration work finishes for the year and jobs such as tree and scrub removal come to an end; wood cutting by Commoners finishes at the end of March; and the Forest wide roadside litter clearance undertaken.

Summer - Rangers carrying out reptile and butterfly transects in good weather; Commoners grazing their livestock within the fenced grazing area; Hebridean sheep grazing behind electric fencing; car-park repairs and general maintenance such as strimming sight lines and ditching; spraying invasive plants such as knotweed and rhododendron; fire breaks and ride repairs; bracken mowing and spraying.

Autumn - Ride mowing and maintenance and late in the season working with Commoners to provide their estovers and tree removal.

Winter - Heathland restoration work such as tree and scrub removal starts; wood cutting by Commoners ongoing.

Year-round Activites - Some tasks take place throughout the year, for example, the removal of dangerous trees, litter picking, removal of fly-tipping, boundary walking, bye-law enforcement, dealing with troublesome dogs and deer casualties.

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