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    • 30/11/2017 - Chance to comment on plans for Perth & Kinross
      The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) for Perth and Kinross will be published on 1 December 2017.  Read more...  
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    • 15/06/2017 - Fife Access Forum
      Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended an access meeting held by the Fife Access Forum in Glenrothes. The evening provided the opportunity for all members of the public, community councils and other community groups with an interest in the outdoors to come along and hear from the Forum and to discuss / share any i
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    • 04/02/2016 - Clackmannanshire Area Members Invited to Access Meeting
      The Clackmannanshire Access Forum will be holding its Annual General Meeting from 19:00 to 20:30 on Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 at the Dumyat Centre, Menstrie.  Local landowners, farmers other land managers and members of the public with an interest are invited to attend.   Contact Martin Dean at Clackmannanshire Counci
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    • 20/01/2016 - Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum seeks new chair
      Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is seeking to recruit a new chair for its Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum. The Forum advises on the development and implementation of the Scottish Forestry Strategy, liaising both with the Commission’s Conservancy staff, who oversee the promotion and regulation of forestry in gene
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    • 10/12/2015 - Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum seeks new members
      Perth and Argyll Regional Forestry Forum is looking for six new members to help guide the work of Forestry Commission Scotland’s local Conservancy team. The Conservancy’s work aims to increase the contribution of forestry to rural development, increase the provision of public benefits from forestry and increase publ
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    • 30/09/2015 - Abercairny Doors Open Days 2015
        After the success of its popular Open Afternoon in April, Abercairny Estate near Crieff was delighted to contribute to the Perthshire Doors Open Days activities last Sunday with an historical tour of the magnificent gothic stables, recently converted into an events venue (see www.abercairny.com).   The hi
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    • 11/08/2015 - Fife Sporting Rates
      Members in Fife may have received a Return of Rental Information form regarding sporting rights from the Assessors at Fife Council. We understand this has been sent to all landlords, tenants and occupiers based on historical data. Members are advised that this form should not have been sent and should be ignored. A form s
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    • 29/01/2015 - Fergus Ewing MSP reveals Edwardian Hydro Electric Scheme at Blair Castle
      Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism, Fergus Ewing, today officially revealed a 100-year-old re-commissioned Edwardian hydro-electric scheme at Blair Castle in Highland Perthshire. The hydro scheme, which was originally commissioned in 1908, will generate enough energy to power the castle, offering both financial and
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    • 05/09/2014 - Free flood risk surveys proposed in Perth and Kinross
      Perth and Kinross Council is considering a scheme to help fund protection products for properties at risk of flooding in the area. The Council has worked with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Flood Forum to develop the pilot Property Level Protection Scheme in Aberfeldy, Comrie, Crieff and Pitlochry. These ar
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    • 22/08/2014 - New Woodlot Licence available near Dunblane
      The Scottish Woodlot Association has announced that another Scotish Woodlot Licence is available! This one, which will be SWL no3, is a 23ha Woodlot close to Dunblane in Central Scotland.   This is primarily a hardwood woodland, with an Allowable Annual Cut of 0.2ha with an Allowable thin of 2.14ha.   If you
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    • 23/07/2014 - EarthFire Energy - Straw and Timber Biomass Boilers Beat Emissions Standard
      Angus-based renewable energy company Earthfire Energy has become the first supplier of straw-fuelled biomass burners to attain emissions standards required for RHI compliance. Earthfire Energy Ltd – owned by Robin and Olga Leslie Melville with Campbell Baxter – has had to address increasingly stringent air quality mea
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    • 17/07/2014 - Landowner Backs Community Renewables Project
      Luss Estates, which owns some 45,000 acres to the west of Loch Lomond, is supporting plans by three local development trusts to create renewable energy projects which will generate significant sums for local communities. Last year it was announced that the Estate was working with Helensburgh Renewables, an offshoot of Hel
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    • 24/06/2014 - Cairngorms National Park - Rural Skills Training Opportunities
        The Cairngorms National Park Authority is fully committed to supporting training for land-based businesses in the National Park.  For this year (2014/15) some changes will be made to the support offered through the Land Management Training Project for short courses (under 5 days duration) in key rural skills.  Under
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    • 20/06/2014 - Energy Efficiency of Hard to Heat Houses
        Over 40 members and guests gathered at Cambusmore Estate on 17 June to view first-hand the energy efficiency measures which have been deployed in Cambusmore House and learn of the proposed works to be undertaken in a number of estate properties.    Hosted by Mike and Paula Baillie-Hamilton, attendees wer
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    • 21/05/2014 - Angus Countryside Initiative Estate Days Giving More Local Kids A Taste Of Estate Life!
      The 8th year of Kinnordy Estate Days got underway today (21 May 2014) with 119 children from the Carnoustie cluster schools making their way to Kinnordy Estate near Kirriemuir for a fun but educational day learning all about the work of a Scottish Estate.  The pupils, from Burnside, Monikie, Newbigging and Woodlands Prim
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    • 20/05/2014 - Constituency MSP visits Callendar Estate
      Margaret Mitchell, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland, paid a visit to Callendar Estate on Monday, 19 May 2014. Organised by Scottish Land & Estates Regional Manager Scott Petrie, Mrs Mitchell met with Guy Wedderburn, the Estate Manger and learned of the many ways in which the Estate engages with
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    • 14/05/2014 - 'Continuous investment' key for Atholl Estates
      Good piece on Atholl Estates in Courier on Saturday 10 May 2014
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    • 29/04/2014 - Starter farm opportunity planned for Tayside
      Forestry Commission Scotland is to create a new starter farm in Tayside - giving a new entrant a valuable first step into running their own farming business. This new opportunity will be created at Gourdie farm, near Dundee, which the Commission acquired in 2009. The acquisition was part of the Commission's 'repositio
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    • 22/04/2014 - TAYplan Strategic Development Plan, Main Issues Report Consultation 2014
      TAYplan is a statutory planning partnership of Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Fife Councils. Its key role is to prepare and maintain an up-to-date Strategic Development Plan for the area. This process involves engagement and consultation with a number of key stakeholder organisations and the wider community. A ne
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    • 31/03/2014 - Tayside Landowners and Farmers Asked for their views on Beavers
      A call has been made for Tayside landowners and farmers who know of beaver activity on their land to contribute their experiences to monitoring work being undertaken by the Tayside Beaver Study Group. An event organised last week by Scottish Land & Estates, attended by representatives from the Scottish Government, Sc
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    • 27/03/2014 - Is Your Property Protected Against Thieves?
      Police in rural Stirlingshire are asking farmers, landowners and other rural property owners to check their security to protect against thefts in Trossachs, Teith, Forth and Endrick areas. Large and small plant, diesel fuel, trailers, quads, and scrap metal are all the type of items that, if not secured can be attractive
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    • 27/03/2014 - Police Appeal for Assistance from the Farming and Rural Communities
      The Community Policing Teams in the Trossachs, Teith, Forth and Endrick areas are looking to the farming community and local people to help them track down thieves who are currently operating in their areas. Since the start of the year there have been a number of break-ins to farms and other rural properties and local pol
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    • 24/03/2014 - Beaver Information Session
      Over 30 landowners and managers attended the Scottish Land & Estates organised beaver information session in Perthshire on 18 March. Representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and Tayside Beaver Study Group (the body in place to monitor beaver activity) attended the event to answer questions and d
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    • 20/02/2014 - POLICE NOTICE – Theft of High Value Tractor and Trailer, South West Fife
      At about 2315 hours on Monday, 17 February 2014 a green John Deere 6830 tractor and a Red Rock Trailer were stolen from a farm in South West Fife. The keys for the tractor had been left in the ignition and the farmer was alerted by the sound of the tractor starting up and then moving off. Fortunately both tractor and trai
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    • 14/02/2014 - POLICE MESSAGE: Rural Thefts in Fife
      Over the last few days, there has been an increase in thefts from rural properties in South West Fife and North East Fife.  In particular, remote properties have been targeted and items stolen include jewellery, laptops and other smaller items. Quad bikes and trailers have also been stolen from a farm in South West Fife.
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    • 13/02/2014 - 5 stars for Highland Safaris
      Congratulations to Highland Safaris who, WildScotland reported earlier this week, were recently awarded a 5 star award by VisitScotland... the highest possible grade for a visitor attraction! Based in Highland Perthshire, the family run enterprise offers Land Rover Safaris high into the mountains, plus a range of other ex
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    • 12/02/2014 - Illegal dumping of oil drums - Appeal for information
        SEPA is appealing for information on the illegal dumping of oil drums between the A9 and Tibbermore on the outskirts of Perth. SEPA officers attended the site on 31 January 2014 following a report of fly tipping. They discovered approximately 90 drums of what appears to be cooking oil, dumped in a verge along the side
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    • 12/02/2014 - Assistant Groundsman Blackruthven Estate
      A vacancy has arisen for a full-time Assistant Groundsman at Blackruthven Estate. The main duties are assisting in the day-to-day running and upkeep of the estate. Other duties include the maintenance of hard standing areas and the servicing of grounds equipment.   This role requires the applicant to be physi
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    • 07/02/2014 - Local MSP visits Kinnordy Estate
        L-R – Graeme Dey MSP, Deirdre Stewart (Factor), Lord Lyell, Scott Petrie.     MSP for Angus South and Deputy Convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Graeme Dey, today (7 February) visited Kinnordy Estate to learn of the extensive range of traditional activities that
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    • 06/02/2014 - RiverWatch to combat River Crime
      A new initiative aimed at tackling poaching and other wildlife crime on local rivers was launched on the River Teith on 1 February.   Coinciding with the start of the salmon and sea trout fishing season, Stirling’s Provost Mike Robbins launched RiverWatch saying, "We are working with our partners to increase public
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    • 28/01/2014 - Vacancy: General Manager, Comrie Croft
      An exciting opportunity to join the Comrie Croft team on a 1 year contract, with the possibility of the job evolving into a permanent role.   Comrie Croft is a growing rural eco-tourism and leisure business including simple group and family accommodation, camping, nordic katas, mountain biking (shop, hire, trails, gu
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    • 23/01/2014 - Vacancy: Trainee Land Worker, The Falkland Estate Trust
      Trainee Land Worker 16-19 Only   Job Title: Trainee Land Worker 16-19 Only   Company: Falkland Estate Trust   Location: Falkland   Wage Details: £5.03 per hour   Shifts: 30 hrs per week including 7 days holiday Monday–Thursday   Duration: Temporary for 13 weeks  
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    • 10/01/2014 - Opening of the 2014 Salmon Fising Season, Dunkeld
      THE OPENING OF THE 2014 SALMON FISHING SEASON THE RIVER TAY AT DUNKELD THE DUNKELD OPENING DAY GATHERING COMMITTEE have pleasure in inviting you to attend the opening of the river at Dunkeld by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP On Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 9.30am At the Hilton Dunkel
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    • 09/01/2014 - Letter to the Courier: Dangerous assumptions over Angus Glens eagle death
      Sir, The article by Rob McLaren “Gamekeepers urged to report unscrupulous owners” (January 8) repeats some very dangerous assumptions. The death of the golden eagle “Fearnan” has been subject to police investigation for over a month and there has been no indication that it resulted from the actions of a gamekeeper
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    • 13/11/2013 - Police Plan 'Poacher Watch' Scheme
      Landowners, gamekeepers, farmers and others who reside in the countryside, in Angus are being invited to come along to a meeting at 7pm on Monday 18 November at Forfar Police Station to discuss a proposed Poacher Watch Scheme. The intended scheme, which aims to help combat the number of people illegally poaching in the ar
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    • 23/10/2013 - Tayside Beavers – Landowner Questionnaire
      The Tayside Beaver Study Group (TBSG) was formed in 2012 following a decision by the Scottish Government to allow the unlicensed Tayside population of beavers to remain in place for the duration of the official beaver reintroduction trial currently taking place in Knapdale in Argyll. At the end of the trial period in 201
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    • 19/09/2013 - Knock Knock... Wood's There!
      On 18 September, circa 50 landmanagers and farmers gathered at Bamff Estate just outside Alyth, to learn of the economic benefits of managing small-scale woodlands. Woodland on estates and farms can often be overlooked as sources of income and their benefit underestimated. However, when managed properly, woodland can prov
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    • 19/09/2013 - ECO Estates Project
      Having recently joined Scottish Land & Estates as a trade member, Direct Savings is in the final stages of the first phase of its ECO Estates project. Working with Atholl, Strathmore and Mansfield Estates, the project aims to implement energy efficient upgrades to several properties within the estates under the ECO (Energ
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    • 18/09/2013 - Glen Hydro completes Joint Venture with Hydropol Project & Management AS
      Glen Hydro is pleased to announce the completion of a joint venture with a well-established European hydro consultant and developer. Hydropol Project & Management AS has its head office in Prague, Czech Republic, as well as branches in several other European countries. Bringing together Glen Hydro’s local knowledge and expe
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    • 15/08/2013 - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park - Built Heritage Repair Grant
      Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has launched a pilot scheme to help repair and restore traditional buildings across the National Park. The Built Heritage Repair Grant focuses on buildings pre-dating 1914 and located along main routes through the National Park and its towns and villages. It is hoped that it will enco
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    • 18/07/2013 - World Awaits After 40 Years Shepherding
      Forty years of shepherding in the hills of Luss were marked last week as one of Luss Estates’ longest serving employees retired. Now, George Paterson (65), who has been shepherd at Blairnairn Farm since 1973, is set to travel the world after bidding farewell to friends and colleagues at a celebratory gathering in Luss.
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    • 12/07/2013 - River South Esk Catchment Partnership’s newsletter
      Please find below a link to the 6th edition of the River South Esk Catchment Partnership’s newsletter.  http://theriversouthesk.org/assets/Newsletters/south-esk-news-6.pdf 
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    • 10/07/2013 - Tayside Beavers – Landowner Questionnaire
      The Tayside Beaver Study Group (TBSG) was established in May 2012 in response to a decision by the Environment Minister at the time, Stewart Stevenson MSP, to study beavers which had become established across the Tay Catchment. It was decided that the Tayside beavers should be allowed to remain in place for the duration
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    • 10/07/2013 - Luss Estates respond to SNH’s capercaillie decision
      Luss Estates Company, who own four of Loch Lomond’s islands, is urging authorities to look again at extending wild camping restrictions following the news that the loch’s capercaillie population is no longer viable. Despite intensive efforts by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park A
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    • 09/07/2013 - Victor from the Garrogie Estate wins first Working Stalking Pony competition at GWCT Scottish Game Fair
      Winner of the first running of the Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Stalking Ponies held at the 25th GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace on 7 July was Victor of Alltnacailleach (6 years old), from the Garrogie Estate, Inverness-shire, with ghillie Christina Ellis. 10 ponies took part, all immaculately turned ou
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    • 08/07/2013 - Skills and Training in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
      Building on the success of the National Park Apprenticeship Scheme for the construction industry, the Community Partnership of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is taking forward an exciting new project to focus on employment, enterprise and skills opportunities in the key land-based; tourism and hospitality; and lo
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    • 13/06/2013 - Farm Woodland Management and Woodfuel Demonstration Event
      Brucefield Estate in Clackmannanshire was the venue for this demonstration event on farm and estate woodland management and woodfuel. Farm and estate woodlands are often left to look after themselves.   Being typically small and isolated, they are frequently seen as difficult and uneconomic to manage. However, mana
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    • 22/05/2013 - Seven is our lucky number – 7th Year of RHET Angus Countryside Initiative Estate Days Gets Good Weather!
      As final plans were being put in place last week for the 7th year of Kinnordy Estate Days, the outlook did not look good for the RHET Angus Countryside Initiative (ACI) event.  However, there was a sigh of relief when the first day arrived and along with the 172 children from the Montrose cluster schools came some sunshine!
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    • 22/03/2013 - 10 Years of the Cairngorms National Park and New Visitor Facility To Celebrate
      The Cairngorms National Park celebrates its 10th anniversary today (Friday 22 March) with the official opening of a new visitor facility at Blair Atholl. Visitors to Atholl and the Cairngorms National Park can now get all the information and inspiration they need in the new centre, which involved the refurbishment of the
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    • 05/02/2013 - U-Turn on Salmon Netting
      Date: Tuesday 5 February 2013.  Author: Victoria Weldon.  Published in:HeraldScotland.com.  ANGLERS and conservation bodies have forced ministers into a U-turn over controversial plans to extend the coastal salmon netting season in the country's east coast. The groups achieved their victory after condemning the Gove
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    • 31/01/2013 - Angus MacDonald MSP Visits Callendar Estate
      Angus MacDonald MSP, member of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee recently visited Callendar Estate, parts of which are within his Falkirk East constituency. After a short introduction, Mr MacDonald met with Alistair Reid from Glen Farm who together with his family will open a new farm shop and ice-cr
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    • 23/01/2013 - Carse of Stirling Project Update
      A Local Stakeholder Panel has been established comprising 39 representatives from different areas and interests across the study area.  The project is intended to help demonstrate the value and benefits of taking a holistic approach to land use planning. The Stakeholder Panel met in November and December, and is due to meet ag
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    • 03/01/2013 - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park: Local Development Plan Update
      The National Park Authority is required to ensure that its Adopted Local Plan is kept under review and updated every 5 years.  As part of the process the National Park Authority is required to keep an up to date timetable (called a Development Plan Scheme) of the programme of work required over the five year cycle. Development
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    • 19/12/2012 - Perth Firm Hosts Biomass Boiler Visit
      A Perth-based land management firm has displayed the green credentials of its headquarters on a recent visit from Scottish landowners, farmers and rural businesses. Bell Ingram, who recently installed a biomass boiler to reduce its carbon emissions and heating costs hosted members of The Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) or
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    • 06/12/2012 - Draft Cairngorms Nature Action Plan for comment
      Cairngorms Nature is a new partnership where people and organisations come together, regardless of sector or background, with one thing in common - a desire to safeguard and enhance the outstanding nature in the Cairngorms National Park. Anyone can become a member of Cairngorms Nature – for further information please click her
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    • 06/12/2012 - Rafters and fishermen reach deal in River Tay dispute
       Rafters have agreed to stay off a stretch of river in Perthshire for part of the week after reaching an agreement with anglers. To read the full story please click here.
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    • 28/11/2012 - Carse of Stirling Project
      The Carse of Stirling Project, led by SNH and SEPA, is now underway.  The project is intended to help demonstrate the value and benefits of taking a holistic approach to land use planning. A Stakeholder Panel of 36 local people has been set up, representing farmers, landowners, communities and interest groups. The Panel met fo
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    • 28/11/2012 - Theft of Hunting Chair
      Sometime between Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th November 2012 a 12ft high steel construction hunting chair was stolen from ground near to Killearn in Stirlingshire.  The chair was from Bushware and was secured to a tree by way of a steel chain and padlock which was also taken.  It seems the thief has gone prepared and cut and
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    • 16/11/2012 - Recreation Manager Vacancy
      37.5 hours per week.  Monday to Friday.  Band E £33,772 - £40,145 per annum.  Location: National Park Headquarters, Balloch, Carrochan, Balloch, G83 8EG.  Ref: LLTNP/01/11/SC10.  Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority is looking to recruit a Recreation Manager. This post will manage the access, recreation
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    • 16/11/2012 - Farmer Takes Up Land Management Advisor Post for CNPA
      The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has appointed a new land management advisor to develop and co-ordinate a new programme of advice and support for farmers and land managers across the area. Bruce McConachie, who currently lives in Huntly, has helped run the family farm on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey sinc
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    • 16/11/2012 - Stirling Agricultural Centre plans expansion
      Date:16 November 2012.  Published in: The Stirling Observer.  By: Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Stirling Agricultural Centre could be expanded to make room for a veterinary surgery and a farming machinery dealership. United Auctions have recently submitted an application to Stirling Council planners for mixed use development on 0.6
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    • 16/11/2012 - Transformation Plan for National Park
      Date: 16 November 2012.  Published in: The Stirling Observer.  By: Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority has launched plans to transform some of the most popular sites in the Park into world class visitor destinations. The Five Lochs Visitor Management Plan identifies current issues that
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    • 14/11/2012 - Deer Related Road Accidents
      The UK's leading expert on deer related road traffic accidents was at the recent Cairngorms Deer Advisory Group's meeting at Mar Lodge, Deeside. Dr Jochen Langbein of the National Deer-Vehicle Collisions Project spoke to members about the data that has been collected and the types of measures that can be taken to help reduce the
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    • 08/11/2012 - Loch Lomond Byelaw Review 2012
      Following the public consultation, and approval of the proposed amendments by the National Park Board, the Draft Byelaws are now with Scottish Government for the final stage of the process. There is one final month of consultation, ending 30 November 2012, after which Scottish Government will make their decision on approving th
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    • 08/11/2012 - Angus Local Development Plan Main Issues Report & Draft Environmental Report
      Angus Council has published for consultation purposes the Angus Local Development Plan Main Issues Report and accompanying Draft Environmental Report. The Main Issues Report (MIR) is a key stage in determining the planning policy and guidance that will be included in the Local Development Plan which will guide future developmen
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    • 02/11/2012 - Claire Baker MSP visits Atholl Estates
      On Friday 2 November, Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Claire Baker visited Atholl Estates to learn of the positive work that is taking place there. The visit was the latest in a programme of visits by prominent politicians to Atholl Estates in order to inform and showcase examples of land management, community engagement and tourism
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    • 25/10/2012 - Holyrood motion condemns 'brutal' killing of golden eagle
      Published in: The Courier.  Date: 25 October 2012.  The killing of a golden eagle linked to the Angus glens has been condemned in Holyrood. SNP MSP Nigel Don lodged a parliamentary motion over the ''brutal'' death in the wake of the RSPB's revelation that the satellite tagged bird was found dumped in a Deeside forest in May.
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    • 23/10/2012 - Stirling Local Development Plan: Publication of Proposed Plan
      Stirling Council has approved the Proposed Local Development Plan at its meeting on 26 September 2012.  The Plan was published on 15 October 2012 and is available to view online at http://www.stirling.gov.uk/localdevplan. This next stage in the Plan process signals a more formal period of consultation.  The period for making
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    • 22/10/2012 - 'Interesting' Birks of Aberfeldy hydro scheme could net Perthshire community £6m
      By: Richard Burdge.  Published in: The Courier.  Date: 22 October 2012.  A hydro scheme that could net a Highland Perthshire community a multimillion-pound windfall is an ''interesting proposition'', according to the local councillor. It emerged at the weekend that Donald Ogilvy Watson is offering the people of Aberfeldy 50
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    • 19/10/2012 - Willie Rennie MSP visits Atholl Estates
      Willie Rennie, MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats visited Atholl Estates today (19 October 2012) to learn of the various enterprises which take place on a large estate and how each activity contributes to the overall financial viability of the estate. After a presentation from General M
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    • 19/10/2012 - Members Event – Hydro Power at Atholl Estates
      Around 30 members and guests gathered at Atholl Estates on Wednesday (17 October 2012) to view firsthand and learn of the recently opened river hydro schemes at Dowally and Loch Broom in Perthshire. Jamie Troughton and Andrew Bruce Wootton hosted the event and informed those present on the design and development and how the
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    • 08/10/2012 - Council planners warn Methil turbine would be seen by Open crowds
      By: Claire Warrender.  Date: 8 October 2012.  Published in: The Courier. A massive 582ft wind turbine off the Fife coastline could affect next year's Open golf championship at Muirfield, it has been claimed. Keith Winter, head of planning with Fife Council, said there were worries the turbine could have a ''significant negat
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    • 08/10/2012 - Pollution probe after dead salmon found in Tay tributary
      Published in: The Courier.  Date: 8 October 2012.  Investigations have begun into the death of salmon on a tributary of the River Tay. Officers from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) were notified of the possible contamination of St Martin's Burn, between Collace Quarry and Waulkmill, on Friday evening. To r
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    • 05/10/2012 - £600,000 for broadband in rural areas
      By George White.  Published In: Stirling Observer.  Date: 5 October 2012.  Stirling Council has pledged £600,000 to upgrade broadband coverage in Stirling’s rural communities. The Scottish Government has said it would fund next generation broadband connection to 75 per cent of premises across Scotland by 2015, as part of
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    • 05/10/2012 - Safari Park crime roadshow
      By Johnathon Menzies.  Published In: Stirling Observer.  Date: 5 October 2012.  Central Scotland Police and Blair Drummond Safari Park have teamed up in a bid to clamp-down on wildlife crime. A roadshow will take place at the rural tourist attraction over three days later this month, aimed at educating park-goers on variou
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    • 04/10/2012 - Gavin Yates in warning over civilian job cuts with formation of single police force
      By: Claire Warrender.  Date: 4 October 2012.  Published in: The Courier. The loss of hundreds of civilian police jobs with the formation of Scotland's single force will see bobbies pulled off the beat and put behind desks. That was the stark warning by the chairman of Fife's police transition committee, Councillor Gavin Yate
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    • 03/10/2012 - Politicians See First-Hand Business Investment in Rural Perthshire Estate
      Andrew Bruce Wootton of Atholl Estates talks to Murdo Fraser MSP A programme of visits by prominent MSPs to the Perthshire estate of Atholl has begun with Murdo Fraser being shown how managers use the limited assets of the extensive rural landholding to generate income and create jobs, in turn helping support a
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    • 03/10/2012 - Volunteers help unearth Dollar history on dig
      By Gregor White.  Published In: Stirling ObserverDate: 3 October 2012 Around 40 volunteers helped excavate a site on the slopes behind Dollar’s Castle Campbell last week, unearthing some interesting finds along the way. Seventy people also enjoyed tours of the site as part of the event hosted by Ochils Landscape Partnership
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    • 02/10/2012 - Tibbermore 'wind park' objectors in last push
      Published in: The Courier.  By: Mark Mackay.  Date: 2 October 2012.  A community is gearing up for a final push as it bids to defeat plans for the creation of a controversial new windfarm in its midst. Residents have until Friday October 19 to register objections to plans for a pilot ''met mast'' and then ''wind park'' at N
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    • 28/09/2012 - Murdo Fraser MSP visits Atholl Estates
      Murdo Fraser MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, visited Atholl Estates on 28 September 2012 to see firsthand the challenges and opportunities faced by those running a large estate. During his visit Mr Fraser also learned of the various ways in which Atholl Estates works with the local community for the benefit of the local populatio
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    • 28/09/2012 - Narrow approval for Local Development Plan
      By Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Published In: Stirling Observer.  Date: 28 September 2012.  Stirling Council has narrowly approved its Local Development Plan, including removing a controversial allocation for housing at Airthrey Kerse near Bridge of Allan. However, the special meeting saw anger that plans for more than 5000 houses
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    • 26/09/2012 - Local Development Plan changes proposed
      By Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Published In: Stirling Observer.  Date: 26 September 2012.  Heated debate is guaranteed at a special meeting of Stirling Council tonight (Wednesday) when the plan which could shape Stirling over the next 20 years is considered. To read the full story, please click here.
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    • 26/09/2012 - Government selects first A9 dualling project consultants
      Published in: The Courier.  By: Alan Richardson.  Date: 26 September 2012.  Work to dual the entire A9 between Perth and Inverness has been driven further forward. The Scottish Government has announced the consultants who will study how best to complete the £3 billion upgrade of the notorious route. To read the full story
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    • 21/09/2012 - Vacant buildings advice
      By Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Published In: Stirling Observer.  Date: 21 September 2012.  Owners of empty or run-down premises in rural areas will be shown how to reinvigorate their assets and turn them into thriving businesses at a special event in Stirling next month. The event, being held by Scottish Land & Estates on Wednesda
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    • 19/09/2012 - Angus farmer's wind turbine application wins approval
      By: Graham Brown.  Date: 19 September 2012.  Published in: The Courier. A farmer has assured an Angus community that a single 246ft turbine is not the first step towards a rural windfarm. On Tuesday, the area's development standards committee unanimously approved Alan Joiner's application for the turbine on land west of Duns
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    • 17/08/2012 - Eurowind aiming to bring long term economic benefit to Angus
      Published In: Brechin Advertiser.  Date: 17 August 2012.  Eurowind, the company behind the proposed Nathro Hill Wind Farm, is taking forward key discussions around how the development could improve the local economy. The company is interested in not just benefitting the area during the immediate construction phase, but
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    • 16/08/2012 - Members Event at Kippendavie Estate
      On 15 August, Members gathered at Kippendavie Estate near Dunblane to learn of a number of developments planned for the estate as well as some that have already taken place. Richard Stirling-Aird welcomed everyone and gave a brief summary of the estate before passing over to Mark Richardson and Niall Macalister Hall from Ri
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    • 13/08/2012 - Nathro Hill windfarm objectors walk to mark 'beauty and tranquillity' of land in question
      Published In: Brechin Advertiser.  By: Richard Watt.  Date: 13 August 2012.  Critics of the largest windfarm yet proposed for Angus have undertaken a protest walk across the landscape in which it could be set. To read the full story, please click here.
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    • 09/08/2012 - Angus residents promised quarry traffic will not be bridge too far
      Published in: The Courier.  By: Graham Brown.  Date: 9 August 2012.  Angus residents have been promised a historic bridge can cope with lorry traffic from a newly approved rural quarry. To read the full story, click here.
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    • 09/08/2012 - Wind drops for developers as Angus proposals rejected
      Published in: The Courier.  Date: 9 August 2012.  The developers of two Angus windfarms are pondering their next moves, after both were refused permission by councillors. To read the full story, click here.
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    • 06/08/2012 - Mountain goes back to nature as ‘hideous’ visitor centre torn down
      By: Nick Drainey.  Published in: news.scotsman.com.  Date: 6 August 2012.  A FACELIFT of one of Scotland’s highest and most popular mountains has been completed after years of controversy. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve will officially re-open tomorrow with a 1970s visitor centre described as a “hideous beast” rem
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    • 06/08/2012 - End of an era as Perth bull sales officially move to Stirling
      Published in: The Scotsman.  By:  Andrew Arbuckle.  Date: 6 August 2012.  THE world famous Perth bull sales are no more. They are now to be officially known as the Stirling version. To read the full story, click here.
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    • 06/08/2012 - Hopes that breeding project at Fife falconry centre will be a soaring success
      Published in: The Courier.  By: Aileen Robertson.  Date: 6 August 2012.  A Fife falconry centre is set to take part in an ambitious breeding programme aimed at protecting endangered birds of prey. To read the full story, click here.
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    • 06/08/2012 - Community up in arms over proposal to create biomass plant at Blairingone
      Published in: The Courier.  By: Alan Richardson.  Date: 6 August 2012.  A Kinross-shire community is braced for yet another fight against a perceived industrial interloper, after plans for a biomass plant were submitted. To read the full story, click here.
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    • 03/08/2012 - Loch Lomond & The Trossochs National Park Apprentice Support Project - Survey
      Within the Loch Lomond & The Trossochs National Park, the LLTNP Community Partnership is developing proposals to support businesses and skills development for young people, creating opportunities for businesses to grow and for young people from National Park communities to live and work in the area in the future. The Community P
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    • 31/07/2012 - Couple Hope to Set Up Sanctuaries for Veterans After Success of Falkland Estate Pilot
      Published in The Courier: 31 July 2012.  Published online: 31 July 2012. By Michael Alexander.  The organisers of a pilot project that ran in a Fife woodland last month to rehabilitate war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are hoping that permanent base camps can be set up across Scotland. Former Austra
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    • 31/07/2012 - Tay Landscape Partnership - Landscape Character Assessment
      A Landscape Charter Assessment is currently being produced for the Tay Landscape Partnership area.  Once finalised, it will describe the elements and patterns of features that make this area different and distinctive to any other.  It will assess the condition of the landscape and the opportunities for restoring and strengthen
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    • 27/07/2012 - Cortachy Highland Games organisers determined not to add to list of Angus event call-offs
      A historic Highland games and flower show will continue to fly the flag for Angus events, bucking the trend of cancellations elsewhere. Cortachy Highland Games and Flower Show is scheduled for August 12 from 1pm, and organisers are confident the event will not go the way of those planned for Montrose, Stonehaven, Stirling and N
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    • 27/07/2012 - National reform won’t affect local policing, claims top cop
      20 July 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer UPHEAVAL caused by the creation of a single Scottish police force will not impact on falling crime levels in the Stirling area. To read this story, please click here.
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    • 27/07/2012 - TV star Caroline Quentin films documentary at Loch Lomond National Park
      EAGLE-EYED rural residents may have spotted TV star Caroline Quentin out and about in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park this week. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 27/07/2012 - Hydro scheme opens in national park
      Published in: Stirling Observer.  Date: 27 July 2012.  By: Kaiya Marjoribanks.  POWER is going with the flow in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The two megawatt £6.1 million Allt Fionn Hydroelectric Scheme has been opened by Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. The estimated annual output of t
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    • 27/07/2012 - Traditional skills agreement signed
      Published in: Stirling Observer.  Date: 27 July 2012.  By: Donald Morton.  AN AGREEMENT to ensure that Scotland has world-class training to protect its unique historic landscape has been signed by two of the leading providers of traditional building skills. Historic Scotland, the national heritage agency, and CITB-Construct
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    • 27/07/2012 - MSP Keith hails support for veterans
      Published in: Stirling Observer.  By: Johnathon Menzies.  Date: 27 July 2012.  MSP Keith Brown has launched a new service designed to help ex-servicemen and women deal with health issues thrown up by military life. The Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, who also serves as the Scottish Government’s veterans’ minister, wa
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    • 26/07/2012 - £1.1M boost for Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park visitors
      Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment today (26 July) visited Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to hear how an additional capital spend of £1.1M will be invested in key projects to improve the visitor experience in the National Park. The funding will be used to develop sites and facilitie
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    • 25/07/2012 - Lottery funding boost for Inner Forth
      Published in: Stirling Observer.  By: Kaiya Marjoribanks.  Date: 25 July 2012.  HERITAGE Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced first-round passes for funding of almost £2million to conserve the landscape of the Inner Forth through its Landscape Partnership Scheme. The Landscape Partnership is an innovative programme which helps
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    • 23/07/2012 - The countdown to Bannockburn begins
      The National Turst for Scotland has launched a new website for the Battle of Bannockburn project launched on Monday 23rd July in true Hollywood style - starting the 700 day countdown towards the 700th anniversary of the battle, when the new state-of-the art visitor attraction will open to the public. The website features a movi
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    • 18/07/2012 - Protecting Our Islands: Luss Estates Backs Camping Bye Laws
      The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park proposals to introduce new Bye Laws restricting wild camping on Loch Lomond’s highly protected islands have been welcomed by Luss Estates. As owner and custodian of four of the loch’s principal islands – Inchconnachan, Inchtavannach, Inchmoan and Inchlonaig – as well as a numb
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    • 27/06/2012 - Tay Landscape Partnership
      The Tay Landscape Partnership aims to celebrate the natural and historic environments of the upper Tay estuary and lower Strathearn. Through a range of projects the Partnership aims to conserve and enhance some of the natural and built features that make the landscape unique. It is hoped that these projects will also improve und
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    • 26/06/2012 - Lowland Deer Network Scotland
      If of interest for your next bulletin the Angus Lowland Deer Initiative was launched under the auspices of LDNS at a meeting in Forfar on the evening of 19th June.   It was attended by over 40 people including farmers, foresters, vocational stalkers and game keepers along with representatives of Angus Council, Scottish Natural
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    • 15/06/2012 - Fife Wildlife Crime Seminar - 31 May 2012
      The wildlife crime seminar was the first of its kind in Scotland. Organised by Fife Partnership for action Against Wildlife crime (FPAW), it was set up to pull together different organisations and individuals who have an interest in reducing wildlife crime. More than 100 people attended the event spearheaded by Fife constabul
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    • 11/06/2012 - First Conviction in Scotland Under New Regulations for Taking Eels Without a Licence
      Two men from Stirling recently appeared at the city's Sheriff Court to answer a charge of taking eels without a licence.  Eels are a European protected species and are listed as a critically endangered species.  They are also protected by the Fish Conservation (Prohibition on Fishing for Eels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 and
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    • 23/05/2012 - New long distance route from Helensburgh to Dunbar – are you on the John Muir Trail?
      A new long distance route, the John Muir Trail, is being developed by Scottish Natural Heritage working with local authorities.  The route will be promoted as part of Scotland’s Great Trails an initiative which Scottish Land & Estates highlighted to members in the Spring edition of LandBusiness. The aim is to use, as far as
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    • 18/05/2012 - Fish Poachers Arrested
      Three men from Bishopbriggs were arrested and taken into police custody after they were caught fish poaching on the river Forth near to the village of Dykehead, between Arnprior and Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. The Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board Water Bailiff's were carrying out patrols and stop checks on the river b
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    • 18/05/2012 - John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, dies in South African hospital
      John Murray, the 11th Duke of Atholl and commander of Britain's only private army, has died in a hospital in South Africa.The 83-year-old former land surveyor, who inherited the title in 1996, visited Blair Atholl, Perthshire, from his home in South Africa every year for the Atholl Highlanders' parade and gathering held at the e
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    • 11/05/2012 - Call to build on success of Scotland’s forestry sector
      Published by: business.scotsman.com.  Date: Friday 11 May 2012.  The forestry sector in Scotland is already vibrant, with a huge amount of money ready to buy land with trees on it as investors increasingly look at some tangible asset. It also has a modern and efficient processing sector with a large throughput of timber curre
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    • 11/05/2012 - Illegal Trader in Endangered Species had 517 Shark Jaws in his House
      Published By: The Scotsman.comDate: Friday 11 May 2012 A MAN who ran an online business from his home selling teeth, bones and pelts from rare animals has been spared jail.Steven Paterson, 48, became the first person in Scotland to be convicted of trading parts of endangered species.He admitted he bought a pilot whale skull, th
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    • 10/05/2012 - Stop helping baby birds to fly, public urged
      By SAMANTHA TAYLOR.  Published by: Scotsman.com.  Date: Thursday 10 May 2012.  ANIMAL welfare experts have urged well-meaning members of the public to stop trying to help young birds who are trying to fly this spring.The Scottish SPCA has revealed that in April to May last year, calls to the animal helpline about baby birds
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    • 10/05/2012 - Terrier attacks lambs
      By: Alison Mann.  Published By: The Scottish Farmer.  Date: 10 May 2012.  A GLENSHEE farmer has suffered the "devastating" loss of 20 lambs after a Patterdale terrier ran riot in one of his fields.David Stewart of Mains of Dalrulzion Farm had been in the process of lambing his 1000 ewes inside when the terrier struck on a fie
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    • 04/05/2012 - Control of Himalayan Balsam in the Lunan Burn catchment, Perthshire
      Scottish Natural Heritage has started a 3 year project to control Himalayan balsam in the catchment of the Lunan Burn, a tributary of the River Tay in Perthshire. The plant is attractive but highly invasive along river banks, loch shores and in wetlands. It can swamp native vegetation but then when it dies back in winter it leav
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    • 01/05/2012 - RSPB 'behaving like Donald Trump' in battle over loch path
      Published in: The HeraldDate: 1 May 2012 Residents and the recreation group, Ramblers Scotland, are angry that RSPB Scotland wants the 200,000 walkers, runners and cyclists who each year use the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, near Kinross, to take a detour around its nature reserve. But, in a fierce counter-attack, the RSPB has ins
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    • 27/04/2012 - RSPB pays £1.1m for conservation site
      Published: Scotsman.com  Date: Friday 27 April 2012  RSPB Scotland has bought one of the UK’s most important conservation sites for more than £1 million.The wildlife charity paid £1.1m for land at the Wards Estate, near Gartocharn on the south-east shore of Loch Lomond. The area is home to a rich variety of wildlife that
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    • 16/04/2012 - Warning to Dog Walkers After Sheep Killed
      Issued by: Central Scotland PoliceDate: 16 April 2012 Central Scotland Police is urging dog owners to keep their pets on leads when walking near livestock. Over a six-week period there have been nine reported incidents where fourteen sheep have been killed, ten injured and several chased. Seven of the incidents have taken pla
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    • 13/04/2012 - HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons
      You may have heard of the plan to light beacons throughout the United Kingdom in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the evening of Monday 4th June.   Throughout Perth & Kinross, towns, villages, churches and other organisations will be building and lighting beacons. It is also hoped that as many private individua
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    • 12/04/2012 - Happy tenant Michael Blanche on Dupplin Estate
      By Alison Mann. Date 12 Apr 2012.Published in: The Scottish Farmer. ONE NEW entrant has spoken of the positive relationship he has developed with his landlord and how it has helped him grow his business. Michael Blanche is new to Dupplin Estate on a 10-year Limited Duration Tenancy for the holding, which comprises Culteuchar H
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    • 10/04/2012 - West Dunbartonshire Council, Local Development Plan, Newsletter March 2012
      This is the second edition of a newsletter keeping you up to date on the preparation of West Dunbartonshire’s Local Development Plan. The Local Development Plan sets out proposals for the future use of land in the area. This includes where the use of land is likely to change through development and where change is less likely
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    • 09/04/2012 - Glenshee Ski Centre reflects on 'half a season'
      By: Mark Mackay Published in: The Courier Date: 09 April 2012 Bosses at one of Scotland's top ski centres say they have enjoyed a reasonable season despite festive sunshine and a March heatwave.Warmer weather ravaged snowfall at the Glenshee Ski Centre time and time again but it remained strong enough at other times to attract t
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    • 06/04/2012 - Concern at route for windfarm cable
      A huge swathe of South Angus from Arbroath to Tealing looks set to be affected by the installation of one of the highest capacity underground cables ever to be installed in Scotland. By Ewan Pate In The Courier Date 6 April 2012 Landowners, farmers and householders along the route will be affected as works progress over the
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    • 06/04/2012 - Lambing season warning for dog owners
      Published in: The Courier Date: 6 April 2012 Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets under control in the countryside as the lambing season gets under way. The Perth and Kinross Outdoor Access Forum says walkers must be ''particularly careful'' to guard against dogs upsetting pregnant sheep at this time of year. The fo
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    • 05/04/2012 - Farmers distressed by savage sea eagle attack on newborn lamb
      The unseasonable snowfall was enough to make conditions more difficult than they should have been for Kenny and Rhona Duncan, but they faced an unexpected challenge when they reached their lambing field at Cockerstone, Little Glenshee, near Bankfoot, on Tuesday. By: Ewan PatePublished in: The CourierDate: 5 April 2012 They fou
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    • 30/03/2012 - Funding announced for Black Grouse
      Black grouse in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are set to benefit from a major funding package from the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). On behalf of six private farms and estates, the National Park Authority has successfully secured over £720K for the Callander Black Grouse Project which covers an 8000 h
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    • 30/03/2012 - Loch Lomond Water Bus Service Sets Sail Again
      Posted by Jamie MacDougall 30 Mar 2012  Following the introduction of the hugely popular water bus service on Loch Lomond last year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park have announced the launch of their 2012 schedule for the service, starting this weekend. Improvements to the service this year include a morning sailin
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    • 29/03/2012 - Ann Gloag wins battle to extend stagecoach empire
      By MARTYN McLAUGHLIN Published on Thursday 29 March 2012 12:21 SHE is Scotland’s wealthiest woman, whose plans for a bespoke residence near her sprawling country estate incurred the wrath of conservationists and neighbours. But Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag, 69, has secured victory in her attempt to build a six-bedroom propert
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    • 27/03/2012 - 'It is really sickening' — fly-tippers dump tyres at sign warning against fly-tipping
      By Ewan Pate, farming editor Published in The Courier: 27.03.12 Fly-tippers who dumped dozens of tyres on farmland in Angus have been slammed by environmental bodies. The pile of tyres dumped in blatant disregard for the warning sign. Around 100 tyres were found dumped right next to a sign warning of the heavy financial penal
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    • 06/03/2012 - Kilbo Bothy in Cairngorms National Park to be rebuilt
      A bothy, thought to be last used as a shepherd’s shelter, is to be rebuilt in a remote area of the Cairngorms National Park after planning permission was granted by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) Planning Committee. Meeting in Ballater today (Friday 2 March), Members agreed that the ruined structure situate
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    • 27/02/2012 - High Demand for Forestry Commission Starter Farms
      New entrants to farming appear eager to take up Forestry Commission Scotland’s opportunity to lease part-time ‘starter farm’ units on the National Forest Estate. The Commission launched its pilot ‘starter farm’ initiative at the end of January (2012).  The scheme provides new entrants with an opportunity to lease par
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    • 09/02/2012 - Mike Weir MP meets group to discuss rural leadership
      Published by the Kirriemuir Herald Angus MP Mike Weir met a group taking part in the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme at Westminster this week. The group have visited the Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament as well as Westminster to see how politicians interact with rural issues. Amongst the gr
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    • 07/02/2012 - River Isla Catchment Initiative
      Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and SEPA are currently running a pilot project to provide practical support for farmers and landowners who want to manage or create areas of woodland or open ground habitats within the catchment of the River Isla on Tayside. Part of the rationale is to look at ways of reducing diffuse pollutio
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    • 07/02/2012 - Ledingham Chalmers LLP Opens New Office
      Ledingham Chalmers LLP has opened its doors at United Auctions' Stirling Agricultural Centre mirroring its presence at the north-east of Scotland's largest mart, Thainstone. With long-established offices in Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh, and significant interest in the rural sector, the move to Stirling Agricultural Centre
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    • 03/02/2012 - Planners urged to stop 'industrialisation' of the hills
      By Alan Richardson Published in: The Courier Date: 3 February 2012 A call has been made for an immediate moratorium on windfarms in the Ochil hills due to the ''cavalier, duplicitous and philistine'' approach of major power firms towards the area. With the prospect of another 18 turbines before Perth and Kinross Council planne
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    • 13/12/2011 - A9/A96 Landowners Told To Prepare for CPOS
      Landowners with property close to the existing A9 from Perth to Inverness and A96 linking Aberdeen with the Highland capital should start planning for the impact of a series of Compulsory Purchase Orders, says property firm Bidwells. Last week the Scottish Government announced plans to dual the A9 by 2025 and begin dualling the
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    • 15/11/2011 - School pupils go ‘Beyond the Farm Gate’
      PUPILS from three primary schools in Perthshire and Fife learnt all about game management and work on a sporting estate when they took part in a new initiative by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) this month. Two classes from St Columba’s and Ceres primary schools in F
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    • 11/11/2011 - Plans for 18 Extra Turbines in Ochils
      by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer. THE first of three applications which could create a total of 18 wind turbines in the Ochils has been submitted by developers. A planning application for the proposed Rhodders Wind Farm was submitted to Clackmannanshire Council this week.The proposal consists of nine 2MW wind turbines,
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    • 09/11/2011 - Angus Fears for Representation of Rural Areas Under New National Police Force
      by Graham Brown, The Courier. Tayside's police convener has claimed the success of Scotland's new single force could ''rise or fall'' on the strength of the body which will oversee its operation. Angus councillor Ian Mackintosh said the national police authority would require ''101% commitment'' and he has echoed fears raised
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    • 09/11/2011 - Scottish Natural Heritage objects to Fife Wind Turbines, saying They Pose Risk to Bird Life
      by Dave Lord, The Courier. An environmental watchdog may have cooked the goose of developers looking to capitalise on Fife's wind-related credentials. Scottish Natural Heritage has objected to no fewer than five applications for wind turbines, after warning they could place thousands of pink-footed geese at risk. Objectors we
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    • 08/11/2011 - Tay Fishing Beat Owners Take Rafting Row To Court
      by Brian Donnelly, The Herald. IT is viewed by anglers as a key Scottish salmon location, while to rafters it is the ideal place for white-water thrills. But now fishing beat owners are planning to take court action after a clash between the two groups on the River Tay. Several owners have joined forces after claiming years o
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    • 07/11/2011 - State of the Environment Report for Angus 2011
      Welcome to the third State of the Environment Report for Angus. This document provides an update on the previous State of the Environment Report for Angus that was published in 2006 and expands on the indicators provided in the previous document to include new sections such as a population profile of Angus and climatic factors.
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    • 07/11/2011 - Management Buy-out Saves Majority of Threatened Icon Energy Jobs
      Around 30 jobs at a failed Perthshire wind turbine installer have been saved after a management-led buy-out and the formation of a new company. Icon Energy of Milnathort hit the buffers last month after the Health and Safety Executive stepped in to stop sales of the faulty P35-2 turbine unit manufactured by the firm's major sup
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    • 05/11/2011 - Fishing Rights Along a Stretch of the River Tay in Perthshire has Gone on Sale for £1m.
      Newtyle Fishings, which extends one and a quarter miles along the Tay, has been billed as an attractive salmon fishing area by estate agents. The area originally formed part of Murthly and Atholl estates in the area. Estate agents CKD Galbraith said the beat produces an annual average catch of 135 fish over its 14 named pools.
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    • 04/11/2011 - Crackdown on deer cruelty
      People are being asked to be extra vigilant following a spate of deer poaching and deer coursing in Fife and Tayside.In one incident, deer were seen running between vehicles on all four lanes of the A92 in Fife in a bid to escape their pursuers, endangering not only the deer but the public as well.Environment Minister and Chair
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    • 04/11/2011 - Killin Power Plant Looks Set to get Go Ahead
      by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer PLANS for a wood-fired power plant near Killin are being recommended for conditional approval by national park planners. The park’s planning committee is set to consider the application for a site at Acharn Farm at a meeting on Monday. The combined heat and power (CHP) plant would b
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    • 04/11/2011 - Controversial Carse Turbines Rejected
      by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer CONTROVERSIAL wind turbine proposals near Thornhill have been rejected by councillors. Stirling Council planners had warned that wind turbines could become the dominant feature of Stirling’s scenic Carse if even one was given the go-ahead. But the council’s planning panel rejected
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    • 04/11/2011 - Calling all Land Based Businesses in the Cairngorms National Park Area
      If you run a land-based enterprise in the Cairngorms National Park area, the CNPA is looking to put together a programme of training and events for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012. The main focus will be on delivering the Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 (DSC1) course within the Park. Fiona Morris from the CNPA writes:I wo
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    • 03/11/2011 - Poachers Targeted After Deer Were Chased Across Busy Carriageway
      A crackdown on poachers has been launched after deer ran across a busy carriageway as they were being chased by illegal hunters. The animals were seen running between vehicles on the A92 in Fife recently as they tried to evade their pursuers. The incident is one of several that has prompted a crackdown on deer poaching and cou
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    • 03/11/2011 - Scrap Metal Thieves Needed Asbestos Decontamination After Trying To Steal Farmer's Barn
      A gang of scrap metal thieves caused £80,000 of damage and needed decontaminated for asbestos poisoning after trying to steal a farmer's barn. The gang were caught dismantling steel beams from the dilapidated barn unaware that they were breathing in potentially deadly asbestos from the roof. Sheriff Kenneth McGowan told r
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    • 02/11/2011 - Mink Cull is 'Helping to Return Wildlife to Scotland's Rivers'
      A mink trapping project in Perthshire and Angus is helping wildlife return to rivers, according to those behind the cull. Monitoring and trapping rafts have been set up in waterways from south Perthshire to north Angus. Mink, which are native to America, eat creatures like water voles and ground nesting birds. Since the proje
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    • 25/10/2011 - Loch Lomond National Park Approves Cononish Gold Mine
      Plans to develop Scotland's first commercial gold mine in Loch Lomond National Park have been approved. Members of the park authority's board said the opportunities for new jobs and economic growth outweighed concerns about the environment. But the board insisted Scotgold Resources, who will develop the mine at Cononish, shoul
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    • 24/10/2011 - Perthshire Inspiring Scotland's Rural Tourism Trade
      Over 40 representatives from Scottish land-based businesses came together on Wednesday (19 October) to explore fresh approaches to rural tourism and gain valuable insight into Perthshire’s existing and successful presence in this growing market. Held at Comrie Croft – one of Scotland's award-winning hostel, eco camping, and
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    • 28/09/2011 - Solid Wall Insulation Pilot in Fife
      A pilot scheme offering interest free loans for solid wall insulation will take place in Orkney and Fife later this year. Many homes, particularly those off the gas grid which tend to have higher heating costs, are the so-called 'hard to treat' properties. The pilot will increase the uptake of solid wall insulation while cuttin
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    • 13/09/2011 - Luss Estates Plays Host to Over 250 Schoolchildren
      OVER 250 PUPILS from local schools are taking the classroom to the countryside this week to learn about Food and Farming.  This two-day educational visit has been organised by The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), in co-operation with Luss Estates near Loch Lomond and members of the local agricultural community. Sponsored
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    • 12/09/2011 - MSP in Fact-Finding Visit to Newton of Arbirlot Farm
      MSP for Angus South, Graeme Dey, visited Scottish Land & Estates members William and Gill Lawrie at Newton of Arbirlot Farm by Arbroath to discuss the challenges facing rural stakeholders in the current economic climate, and to find out more about the daily work carried out on large-scale farms. Commenting afterwards, Mr Dey sa
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    • 08/09/2011 - REMONY ESTATE BOOSTS GOLDEN EAGLE POPULATION
      Two golden eagle chicks which hatched on Remony Estate in Perthshire earlier this year have made a significant contribution to Scotland and Ireland’s conservation efforts to support this iconic bird of prey. Remony Estate, which is situated on the southern shore of Loch Tay in Perthshire, worked with Ireland’s Golden Eagle
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    • 15/07/2011 - Scottish Enterprise Rural Property Support Programme
      Scottish Enterprise grant programme aimed at priority sectors (including food, tourism) in a specific geography which includes much of your patch. It should be noted that agriculture is not eligible but members may have qualifying businesses, which do meet the requirements. The essentials are that there may be 20% grant availabl
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    • 11/07/2011 - Rafting row over River Tay salmon fishing
      Salmon fisherman in Perthshire have said that "relentless" commercial rafting is destroying once lucrative fishing beats. Rafting companies using the Upper Tay are making the river a "highway", many fisherman claim.  To read more click here.  
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    • 27/06/2011 - Central Scotland Green Network Forum Presentations
      CSGN Forum 2011 The first CSGN Forum was held on 14 June at the Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort. This free event was well attended by those from a diverse range of organisations and sectors, working in the fields of climate change, sustainable development, health, transport and access, landscape and biodiversity and academia.
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    • 12/06/2011 - Tay anglers may take council to court over 'incessant' rafting
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