Protecting and Managing Soil in Forests



An Overview of the Science Underpinning Forestry on Peatland Habitats

This note provides a brief summary of the key scientific findings underpinning the supplementary guidance, and highlights the remaining scientific uncertainties.


Deciding Future Management Options for Afforested Deep Peatland

This guide explains the factors to consider when seeking felling approval from us for forestry on a peatland habitat.


Forests and Peatland Habitats

This Guideline Note sets out forestry policy and practice in relation to peatland habitats, with particular focus on blanket bogs and lowland raised bogs.


Guidance on Pollution Control and Management of Surface Water Run-off for Specific Forestry Activities

This Q&A guidance intends to clarify the instances where the revised Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (CAR, as amended) apply to forestry projects.


Guidance to Forest Managers preparing Forest Plans within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC/SPA

This document provides information on the preparation of forest plans within the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands SAC/SPA.


Implementing the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009: Briefing Note

This document provides an overview and summary of implementing the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.


Managing Forests in Acid Sensitive Water Catchments

The Practice Guide provides detailed advice on how to undertake critical load and site impact assessments to ensure forestry does not cause adverse impacts on water quality in acid sensitive water catchments.


Opportunity Mapping for Woodland Creation to Improve Water Quality and Reduce Flood Risk in the River Tay Catchment - a Pilot for Scotland

The objective of this study was to identify priority areas for woodland creation and the improved management of existing woodlands to reduce downstream flood risk and help restore damaged waters.


Supplementary Guidance to Support the FC Forests and Peatland Habitats Guideline Note

This guidance offers a decision-making framework based on the likely carbon storage or release from different management options on deep peats.