The Forum evolved from a local community woodland conference co-ordinated by Borders Forest Trust in May 2003. Eleven community woodland groups of the Borders agreed there was the need to establish a Forum which would: Improve networking and communications between groups and organisations; share existing resources between groups; exchange knowledge and skills; Develop partnership and funding proposals; Provide training; and disseminate information about community woodlands to a wider audience.
Borders Forest Trust was established in 1996 to develop and manage ambitious habitat restoration and community woodland projects and to reverse the decline of our woodlands and wild places. Their work supports community woodlands, habitat restoration, education and arts projects as well as woodland based economic activities.
The Red Squirrels in South Scotland Project was launched in 2000 with the appointment of two Red Squirrel Conservation Officers. Since then the project has been managed by the Southern Uplands Partnership, a charity working to promote an integrated and sustainable approach to rural development and land use in Scotland’s Southern Uplands. These eight years saw the profile of red squirrels raised throughout the region and the development of 24 Red Squirrel Priority Woodlands in southern Scotland.
Comprising mainly members of the public who are interested in conservation and red squirrels we also include representatives of national and local conservation organisations. These include The National Trust for Scotland, The Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Woodlands, Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group Scotland.
Carrifran Wildwood is a bold initiative in ecological restoration, spearheaded by a group of friends in southern Scotland, with over 800 major supporters across the UK and overseas. The project is recreating an extensive tract of wild and largely wooded land, evoking the pristine countryside of six thousand years ago. Once again there will be a haven for a rich array of native Scottish plants and animals excluded for centuries from these denuded hills.
Based on Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) is a not for profit, voluntary community group which recognises and values the amazing marine biodiversity right on our shoreline and the need to protect it for future generations. Established in 1995 by 2 local divers, membership has grown to 1800 in 2009.
The Solway Firth Partnership is a voluntary coastal management partnership which was launched in 1994 in response to formal support for integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) from UK Government and agencies.
Local section of Butterfly Conservation , which was formed by a small group of dedicated naturalists in 1968 following the alarming decline of many beautiful butterflies Most British butterfly species remain in decline. They aim to halt and reverse these declines. Their vision is of a world rich in butterflies for future generations to enjoy. They are also committed to the conservation of moths, which are close relatives of butterflies and are in rapid decline.
The group covers the Scottish Borders; the Lothians, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Perth and Kinross, Fife, Angus, Banffshire and Aberdeenshire. The group seeks to increase our knowledge of the region’s butterflies and moths, to assist in their conservation and to encourage the study of these fascinating insects. They run events and support the events of other organisations too.