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Black Isle District Annual report 1953
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No: 3729   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1953
Black Isle District Annual report 1953

The document is courtesy of Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District and is the PDF. See button on bottom right of image.

The annual report for year ending September 1953 most likely written by District Officer Mike Long appears to now cover a smaller number of individual forests areas located on the Black Isle peninsular only including Millbuie, Kilcoy Findon and Kessock. Perhaps with growing workloads here particularly in the nurseries new district boundaries had been assigned?
The report is set out in headings and under:
The year’s Work – comments on the year’s weather with just a casual mention of the Jan 31 Gale with winds up to 100mph but more about the warm summer with frequent showers which caused heavy weed growth in the nurseries and having to deploy more workers.
Growth of whins and broom causing concern as costs to weed are high at £5 - £10 per acre and 14500 cu ft of windblow cleared.

Much of the report again focussed on the nursery work and outputs along with results of some trials but most emphasis on use of boxes to store seedlings for up to six weeks after lifting early to clear beds for sowing proved to very successful.
Damage by Capercaillie in the nursery noted as they were just grazing extensively under the laths while the squad were working only 30 yards away! The playful rooks also come in for mention as they had a habit of swooping down on newly lined out plants and after a series of attempts pulled out the young tree and then they moved on to another target tree ‘It seemed they were just having fun’.
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