Latest Caledonian Forest Stories

2010-09-09 08:41:09

By studying similarities in the genes of Scots Pine trees, scientists have shown that the iconic pine forests of Highland Scotland still carry the traces of the ancestors that colonized Britain after the end of the last Ice Age, harboring genetic variation that could help regenerate future populations, according to new results published in the journal Heredity. The research was carried out by an international team from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Polish Academy of Sciences,...

2008-09-16 06:00:16

By Peter Ranscombe A LEADING wildlife expert has called for Scotland to accelerate plans to re-introduce extinct species. Speaking ahead of a major conference today, Roy Dennis said he thinks the Highlands could support the reintroduction of the lynx and the wolf. But Mr Dennis, who was instrumental in bringing the white-tailed sea eagle back to Scotland, said he worries Scotland is too "conservative" when it comes to reintroductions. Mr Dennis, honorary president of the Highland...

2008-06-03 15:40:00

The efforts of one British businessman to re-introduce wolves and bears into his estate in the Scottish Highlands is raising concerns from some farmers and neighboring landowners.Paul Lister, 49, the son of the founder of UK furniture retailer MFI, spent $31,630 buying a pair of moose in Sweden and flying them to Scotland. The moose, named Hulda and Hercules, currently roam Lister's 450-acre enclosure in the Alladale wilderness reserve alongside wild boar.Lister hopes to restore the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.