Monthly Themes

Every month Tilhill will be bringing you a new theme focusing around the value that we bring to the forestry and harvesting industry.

We hope you find all our information useful and interesting.

 

NEWS

23 May 2019

It’s All In The Water!

Tilhill Forestry’s parent company BSW had a requirement to find out exactly what neighbours were sharing their Carlisle mill site. With a nature reserve nearby and several slow-flowing ditches, siltation ponds, and sumps on site, it was considered likely that Great Crested Newts could be enjoying the sawmill’s wetland habitats for...

NEWS

20 May 2019

Breeding Birds

What?All wild birds, their nests and eggs, are protected by law and some rare species are afforded special protection.Depending on your location the breeding season can start in February/March and last through to late August. What to look for:• Breeding activity which may include singing, courtship displays or nest building activity.•...

NEWS

17 May 2019

Rhododendron

Rhododendron This week Tilhill Forestry will be sharing their Toolbox Talks on Invasive Species for Invasive Species Week including the Do's and Dont's when dealing with them. WHAT?Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive non-native woody shrub species. First introduced in the late 18th Century it was planted for its ornamental value and...

NEWS

16 May 2019

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed This week Tilhill Forestry will be sharing their Toolbox Talks on Invasive Species for Invasive Species Week including the Do's and Dont's when dealing with them. What?Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant but has spread extensively in the wild. With its rapid growth of more...

NEWS

15 May 2019

Wildlife: Dormouse

What?Dormice are one of the most rare and endangered animals in the UK. They are fully protected under domestic and European law. Their decrease is due to loss of deciduous woodland and hedgerows and a decline in coppice management. Dormice are strongly associated with Hazel. They live mainly in deciduous woodland, scrub...

NEWS

14 May 2019

Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam This week Tilhill Forestry will be sharing their Toolbox Talks on Invasive Species for Invasive Species Week including the Do's and Dont's when dealing with them. What?The tallest annual plant now growing in the British Isles, Himalayan Balsam was introduced to the UK 150 years ago as an ornamental plant...

NEWS

13 May 2019

Invasive Species Week

Invasive non-native species harm the environment and wildlife, are costly to the economy, and can even pose a risk to our health and way of life. During Invasive Species Week, organisations across the UK, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are working together to raise awareness and ask everyone to...

NEWS

08 May 2019

Wildlife: Amphibians

What?Includes frogs, toads, newts of which there are six species in the UK. Amphibians can live for much of their adult life out of water but all British species return to water to breed. In Britain amphibians are in decline. Whilst all the reasons for this are not known, habitat...

NEWS

01 May 2019

Legal Protection for Beavers

In Scotland there is a large and expanding population of beavers in the Tay catchment since an unlicenced release in 2001. Sixteen beavers were then reintroduced into Knapdale under licence as part of a five year trial in 2009. Following a review of findings from this trial by Scottish Natural...

NEWS

17 April 2019

Guidance on Responsibilities for Environmental Protection in Forestry

Collaboration: Nicola Abbatt, Quality & Environment Manager Nicola Abbatt is Tilhill Forestry’s Quality & Environmental Manager. She is working in collaboration with members of the Forest Industry Environment Group in order to produce an industry level Guidance on Responsibilities for Environmental Protection in Forestry. The latest draft of this can be...

NEWS

09 April 2019

Sitka Spruced

Sitka Spruced is a collaboration of the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh (Roslin Institute) and Forest Research (an Agency of the Forestry Commission). It is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and a group of forest and wood processing industries. Tilhill Forestry’s parent company,...

NEWS

01 April 2019

Public Safety in the Forest Project with Kirsty Adams

Collaboration: We spoke to Kirsty Adams, Head of Safety & Assurance about her involvement in the Tilhill Forestry Public Safety in the Forest Project and the subsequent dedicated FISA working group. Tell us more about this FISA Working Group, when was it set up? The Public Safety project was initiated by Tilhill...

NEWS

27 March 2019

Research & Innovation: Yield Modelling with Martin Craig

Research & Innovation: Yield Modelling, Q & A with Martin Craig, Project Manager, Central Borders What is Yield Modelling? Yield growth models are one of the foundations of forest management providing essential information about the patterns of tree growth and thus potential productivity of trees under differing site conditions and management regimes...

NEWS

20 March 2019

Real Time Forestry Intelligence

Research and Innovation Duncan Mackinnon, Wood Energy Development Manager updates us on Real Time Forestry Intelligence. Tell us in your own words, what is RTFI? The Treemetrics (TM) Forest HQ software system, which incorporates the Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) volume measurement system and the Real Time Forest Intelligence (RTFI) has been around for...

NEWS

07 March 2019

Research & Innovation: Q & A with Former Forestry Commission's Chief Research Officer, Julian Evans

Research & Innovation, an interview with author and former Forestry Commission's Chief Research Officer, Julian Evans Julian Evans was formerly the Forestry Commission’s Chief Research Officer(S). For more than 30 years he has owned a 30-acre wood in Hampshire. He is a member of the Small Woods Association, Royal Forestry Society, The Woodland Trust, is...

NEWS

28 February 2019

Community: A Passion to Help the Younger Generation

The great outdoors is something that all Tilhill Forestry staff appreciate in a variety of guises. For the majority of our staff it is their place of work and, thanks to technology, their office, and a source of social interaction. For others, it is a place to relax, enjoy family...

NEWS

26 February 2019

Contributing to our Community with Forest Manager Bryan Pearce

Community: Upgrading Loch Lomond and Cowal Way Path Tilhill Forestry staff are encouraged and supported with their efforts in volunteering with their local community. We spoke to  Forest Manager Bryan Pearce, West Highland about his role as a volunteer and with Tilhill Forestry in the development of the Loch Lomond and...

NEWS

19 February 2019

Harvesting Manager drives from Plymouth to Gambia

COMMUNITY: Tilhill Forestry Harvesting Manager in South West England David Chudleigh embarked on a journey of a lifetime recently and in the process raised £3270.91 (£2520.91 + £750 Tilhill donation) for the charity TREE AID. Tree Aid works with local communities to help them protect and grow trees, for themselves and for...

NEWS

13 February 2019

Forester all at sea

Community Tilhill Forestry staff are encouraged and supported with their efforts in volunteering with their local community. We spoke to Forest Manager Steven Miller about his role as a volunteer as a Coastguard with HMCG. Her Majesty's Coastguard is a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency responsible for the initiation and...

NEWS

31 January 2019

Q & A with Harvesting Contracts Manager Niall Duncan

Growing Our people: An interview with Niall Duncan, Tilhill Forestry Harvesting Contracts Manager in Aberdeenshire. "We are encouraged to perform to a high standard at all times, which has helped to develop my skills and knowledge base" What is your job role within Tilhill Forestry? I am the Harvesting Contracts Manager in Aberdeenshire...

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