Opinion and story pieces

Get outside this National Walking Month

25 May 2021

In this blog, our Digital Communications Officer Calum Henderson discusses the benefits of getting outside. As well as highlighting some of the issues with careless access being taken in the countryside, the blog covers some of our latest opportunities for


30 Apr 2021

In this blog our Digital Communications Officer Calum Henderson provides an overview of our recent Instagram campaign which aimed to highlight one of the benefits of good land management throughout Scotland. Many people are not aware of the important role that

Five key benefits of a Scottish Land & Estates Landowner or Manager membership

9 Apr 2021

In this blog, our Membership Coordinator Nadia Flaherty highlights five of the advantages and perks available to land managers as part of an SLE membership. Whether you are an existing member or are considering signing up, this blog covers different ways in

Sustainability in Practical Terms

10 Feb 2021

In this introductory blog, Erik Odendaal of AGREN poses questions around rural businesses adapting and keeping pace with a changing global and political climate. With the concept of ‘green recovery’ gaining global momentum and a monumental policy shift towards

Perthshire charity is the new maker of what3words signs

14 Jan 2021

In this blog, Rosie Baxendine, who works in Business Development for The Workshop Aberfeldy, gives a brief overview of the Perthshire charity which helps those with additional support needs gain skills and confidence in a positive workplace environment. The

Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme Claim Period Extension

18 Dec 2020

Many members were disappointed last week to hear that although they had been successful in their application, it appeared impossible for many to buy the kit they needed and have it on farm by the end of March 2021 due to extended lead times in the supply chain

Kames Castle Cottages – Confidence and positivity key to recovery

10 Dec 2020

Mike and Nicole Nicholson have owned, invested in and operated Kames Castle Cottages on the Isle of Bute as a successful holiday-let business since 2015. As with all hospitality providers, the couple has faced uncertainty and a period of introspection during

Growing trees - so many benefits

3 Dec 2020

Lyn White is Scottish Forestry’s forestry and farming development officer. In this guest blog, she explains why if you were ever considering creating more woodlands on your land – now is a great time to do it. So why trees? There are multiple benefits of

The introduction of Red Squirrels at Attadale

19 Nov 2020

Attadale estate has become the latest addition to the Wildlife Estates Scotland family. They showed exemplary consideration for nature and demonstrated a range of projects to support wildlife and improve biodiversity. Their love of nature is seen throughout

NatureScot Report: Badger impacts on biodiversity and agriculture in Scotland - a literature review.

16 Oct 2020

Our Policy Adviser Karen Ramoo discusses a literature review commissioned by NatureScot on the subject of badger conservation. In addition, she poses a number of questions to SLE members who wish to submit information to help guide future work in this area. In