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  • 24/04/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates: Senior management announcement
    Scottish Land & Estates announced today that Douglas McAdam is stepping down as chief executive of the organisation to pursue other interests. Douglas McAdam served as CEO and a director of Scottish Land & Estates and its predecessor organisation, the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, for 10 years. He
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  • 20/04/2017 - Scottish Parliament takes evidence on gamebird licences
    Our Chairman David Johnstone was one of a panel giving evidence to the ECCLR Committee on a wide range of issues around a licensing Petition for of all types of gamebird shooting.   Petition PE 1615 was brought by Logan Steele of the Scottish Raptor Study Group in 2015 and supported by RSPB.  It calls for state regu
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  • 20/04/2017 - Consultation on Supplementary Guidance – Developer Obligations
    Aberdeenshire Council is consulting on whether to include the potential impact of the cumulative effect of contributions on delivery as a matter that could appropriately be addressed in more detail through the Supplementary Guidance as recommended by reporters. As such, Aberdeenshire Council propose to amend the section title
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  • 20/04/2017 - Research highlights mental ill health issues in rural Scotland
    Support in Mind Scotland (SiMS) joined forces with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) last year to produce survey on mental ill health in rural Scotland. The findings have now been published and have already been used to help inform the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy. Scottish Land & Estates has been working cl
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  • 20/04/2017 - Consultation response - District Heating
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating which can be found here. The consultation proposes to make local authorities responsible for creating Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) and regulation of
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  • 20/04/2017 - Scottish Borders castle secures future
    Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders has secured £150,000 of funding to help secure its future. The 16th century home was forced to close in 2012 following an outbreak of dry rot, which spread through the building. Since then, the owners have been working on a sustainable business plan to reopen it to visitors
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  • 20/04/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18th April 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18th April 2017.
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  • 20/04/2017 - Feral Pig Meeting Alyth
    Earlier this week, a meeting was held in Alyth to raise awareness amongst locals on the presence of feral pigs in the area and to share information about number and distribution of animals in order to better coordinate control efforts being undertaken by local land managers.   The meeting was organised by Scottish Na
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  • 20/04/2017 - New Research Highlights Mental Ill Health Issues In Rural Scotland
    Last year, little was known about how people with mental ill health accross rural Scotland experience their day to day lives. In August and September 2016, Support in Mind Scotland joined forces with Scotland's Rural College to carry out a survey which asked people who experience mental ill health to tell us what it is like l
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  • 13/04/2017 - Commencement of Tay Catchment Beaver Surveys
    At the request of Scottish Government to establish up to date beaver numbers, and to support forthcoming work on beavers, SNH is to carry out a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland and Knapdale.  The Tay Catchment beaver surveys are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th April on the River Tummel.
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  • 13/04/2017 - Big Houses in the Scottish Borders Map
    Big Houses in the Scottish Borders is a non-profit organisation made up of the big houses of the Scottish borders. It was set up in 2012 to combine some of the main attractions in the borders to work together to share advertisement and marketing opportunities. They have now produced a new map, launched this week, giving infor
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  • 12/04/2017 - Avian Influenza update
    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has published an updated Outbreak Assessment (available on this webpage) regarding the ongoing Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 strain affecting the UK and Europe. Based on the latest evidence the UK risk assessment for a new incursion of AI virus via migratory wild b
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  • 12/04/2017 - Support for island wind
    Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and the UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark will co-chair the fifth meeting of the Scottish Islands Renewables Delivery Forum on Stornoway on 10 April. Speaking ahead of the talks with his UK counterpart Mr Wheelhouse said the UK Government must recognise the vital importance of i
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  • 12/04/2017 - Scotland’s food and drink exports secure £8.3m US contracts
    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed news that Scottish food and drink companies have secured £8m of export sales to North America. Companies including Associated Seafoods, Eden Mill Distillery and Mara Seaweed have all secured contracts to sell their products in supermarkets and restaurants across the USA. The ne
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  • 12/04/2017 - Tourism deal ‘could provide £150m boost’
    A European-first collaboration between VisitScotland and TripAdvisor will see Scotland’s world-class tourism offering promoted to almost 70 million new potential visitors, generating a potential additional spend of £150 million. The multi-year deal between VisitScotland and TripAdvisor – the world’s largest travel
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  • 12/04/2017 - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Lunch Forum – 10 May 2017
    A Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park lunch forum is proposed for 12.30pm on 10th May with the venue to be confirmed. As the Partnership Plan is currently out for consultation this seems the ideal opportunity for members to discuss the draft with each other and with Park staff. The intention of the lunch forum format is a
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  • 12/04/2017 - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Partnership Plan Consultation
    The draft Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan is open for consultation until 3rd July. The Plan sets out how the Park Authority and other organisations and interests can work together over the next five years. Scottish Land & Estates and the National Park will be holding a lunch forum on 10th May for memb
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  • 12/04/2017 - Private tenancies consultation - energy efficiency and condition standards
    Scottish Government has published a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing. https://news.gov.scot/news/improving-scotlands-private-rented-sector-properties The first part proposes introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC E from April 2019 where there is a cha
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  • 11/04/2017 - Flexible planning system required for rural Scotland
    Scotland’s planning system needs to take better account of the needs of land-based businesses and communities, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses across Scotland, has published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of the
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  • 10/04/2017 - Current consultations - 10 April 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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