Royal Scottish Forestry Society

The Society delivers practical education, learning and knowledge sharing on forestry matters.  We achieve this through a range of activities, awards and support open to members and non-members alike, with members benefiting from early-bird booking and discounts for some events.

9 Aug
Beinn Eighe Reserve
Date 09.08.2024 10:00
20 Sep
Crofthead Forest
20.09.2024 10:00
22 Oct
22.10.2024 10:00

Free events

 Lothian & Borders
 North East
 South West

Please click on the event that you wish to book and enter your details where asked.  If you would like to make a donation to the Society you may make a donation of £3 or £10 whilst booking.

Paid events

 CPD Training days
 Annual Study Tour

Corporate members

Only use this method if you are booking and paying for staff centrally.  Please email our administrator with the event you wish to book, the number of places you require and the names of the individuals to be booked on.  Please note that we will validate the names against the list of those you have declared as being your staff engaged on forestry work; only they are eligible for any member discount.  We will invoice you and invoices are due immediately.

Individual members and non-members

Please click on the event that you wish to book and enter all details requested.  Members, if a discount is available, you can select the member rate and provided you enter your membership number where required.  Membership numbers will be validated and if your membership has lapsed or you are not a member you will be asked to reimburse the discount before attending the course.

We hold a busy programme of Regional field visits (RFD) across Scotland and occasionally into England and Northern Ireland.  They provide an opportunity to visit a wide variety of interesting woods as well as forest nurseries, wood processing industries and wood users.  This is a chance to visit new places and to benefit from having them described by the owners and managers.

Three ways to book an RFD:

  1. Click on the globe icon below; or
  2. Click on an event in the Upcoming events on the home page or this page; or
  3. Go to the events list by clicking All Events in the menu above or on the home page.  
Regional field day programme for current year

Prior to 2020, the Society published the "Green Card" each year setting out the programme for the year.  To read the prior year Green Cards, click on the red icon to see that year's programme.

PDF greyed out icon No 2020 programme
PDF icon 2019 Programme
PDF icon 2018 Programme
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PDF icon 2016 Programme
PDF icon 2015 Programme
PDF icon 2014 Programme


The Annual Study Tour is a whole Society 3-day gathering organised by and based in one of our regions each year. There is a formal dinner with a guest speaker on one of the evenings and other social events.  Usually the RSFS Annual General Meeting is part of the programme.

The Tour visits a wide range of sites 6 to 8 sites across the three days.  It showcases the forest sector in that area covering a range of forest types and woodland industries. Places are limited so early booking is recommended.  Priority is given to members although their guests and non-members are also welcome. 

It provides a great opportunity to learn about a very wide spectrum of forest practice in a few days.  Most important, the atmosphere is open and friendly and there is a lively exchange of views and sharing of expertise.

This historic image is from the 1905 Annual Excursion, as it was then called, on a visit to Benmore.

Places can be booked on the Annual Study Tour from around the middle of February each year.

Most professional foresters are obliged to maintain their levels of knowledge and understanding through Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Whilst RSFS has no such requirement for members, we do offer a series of practical training days, on a range of topics, to provide practical experience for CPD purposes for anyone who wishes to attend.  Pricing is competitive and we offer members, on provision of their membership number whilst booking, a discount.  We also offer an Early Bird discount for those who book well in advance of the training day.