Scottish Land & Estates attended and responded to Scottish Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) launch this week of its Living Landscapes in the Scottish Uplands Policy. Summing up our response, we said “much we agree, some things not, let’s work together for greater understanding”.
Some members may be surprised that Scottish Land & Estates is as supportive as we are of SWT’s policy. We are not fully sign-up. There are aspects of the policy that it is more than a little difficult to see us ever supporting, such as licencing of grouse moors or mandatory systems of deer management. But at the same time we cannot deny the overarching belief that in every aspect of land management in the future nature should be accounted for, and that where appropriate land managers should be rewarded for delivering environmental benefits. We believe SWT has made a genuine effort to set out a long term vision for Scotland’s uplands and we want to use the areas of common ground as a starting point for a long term dialogue.
More on this next week when we publish our “A vision for the uplands” blog which picks up on SWT’s policy and Scottish Government efforts to create a shared vision for the uplands. In the meantime, SWT’s press statement and full policy can be found here - http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/scottish-wildlife-trust-sets-out-a-vision-for-scotlandrsquos-uplands/