A final version of the National Access Forum's guidance on managing access with dogs to safeguard breeding birds in protected areas is now available at: http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/responsible-access/land-managers/managing-access/ (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
This guidance is very much aimed at conservation areas and protected sites which are activity managed for that purpose. The National Access Forum also intend to develop guidance (though probably more concise) relating to similar situations, such as game rearing sites, in the wider countryside.
An online consultation has been launched to allow people to have their say on the European Commission’s proposals for the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said this was a valuable opportunity for people to ensure their views were heard on CAP reform which would have far-reaching consequences for the whole of Scotland.
The consultation covers a wide range of issues relating to the European proposals for the future CAP. People can complete as much of the consultation as is relevant to them and paper copies of the consultation are also available for anyone without internet access.