ForestHarvest: non-timber forest products in Scotland
GATHERING - Harvesting Guidelines
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The Scottish Bulb Collection Code
This guidance was created by a group representing the interests of conservation organisations, land managers and bulb harvesters and buyers. The creation of the guidance was funded by Scottish Enterprise, the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Forestry Trust.
General harvesting guidelines
The key guidelines are available as an A5 leaflet (see opposite). Or you can read the guidelines text here.
More bulb facts:
The species most threatened by overharvesting of bulbs in the UK just now is the wild hyacinth, or bluebell.
Flora Locale's guidance note on "Types of native planting stock" includes information about problems associated with wild harvesting of bulbs in continental Europe.
Click here to download Plantlife's "Bluebells of Britain" leaflet (PDF file, 457KB). As well information about bluebell identification, this leaflet provides an introduction to native bluebells and how you can help protect them. It deals with illegal harvesting, the threat from Spanish bluebells, and advice for gardeners.
Legalities of bulb harvesting
ForestHarvest's Legal and access issues section provides information about the legal situation concerning both domestic and commercial harvesting of wild products in Scotland, including bulbs.
It is illegal to harvest bluebell bulbs for sale, because they are listed in Section 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. There are just a handful of exceptions to this, where licences have been issued to allow harvesting in specified locations, in conditions which meet strict sustainability criteria.
Sourcing native bulbs
Flora Locale have produced an advisory note which gives general advice on "Buying native flora" (PDF file 664KB).
The ForestHarvest business directory includes suppliers who harvest bulbs on a long-term basis from specified areas of Scotland.
This code was created by a group representing the interests of conservation organisations, land managers and bulb harvesters and buyers.