Opinion and story pieces

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

A visit to the Tree Top Trials at Craufurdland Castle

6 Oct 2020

In this short blog, find out about our Clydeside Regional Support Officer Liza Moran's visit to Craufurdland Castle's Tree Top Trials. This weekend past, I took the family out to visit SLE member Craufurdland Castle. The estate itself has a large variety of

Gene Conservation Units

1 Oct 2020

Melissa Minter is a PhD researcher at the University of York with partners Natural England and NatureScot. Her research looks into the conservation genetics of the mountain ringlet butterfly, the UK’s only montane butterfly which has shown declines under

Spotting Squirrels this Red Squirrel Week

21 Sep 2020

Keilidh Ewan is a Communications & Engagement Officer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. In this blog she discusses the work being done by the organisation, and how you can participate in the 2020 Great Scottish Squirrel Survey. The red squirrel is one of

Forestry and Land Scotland out of season culling

11 Sep 2020

Following Forestry and Land Scotland’s decision to undertake out of season deer control on Scotland’s national forests and land, Scottish Land & Estates has made the following comment: The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 allows NatureScot to issue approvals and

Woodland restoration at Annandale Estates

10 Sep 2020

In this blog, our Dumfries and Galloway Regional Support Officer Tracey Roan covers her recent visit to Annandale Estates and looks at the work being undertaken there. If your staycation ventures have taken you into Dumfries and Galloway, you might have

My Drummuir Project

2 Sep 2020

Bothanna Cabins are designers and makers of ethical off grid cabins and urban workspaces, offering both full bespoke design and build service as well as a range of pre designed, modular, mobile and moveable cabins. In this blog, James Hunt discusses his work

The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

1 Sep 2020

Gavin Mowat, our Policy Adviser, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee today on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill. Here he updates us on the key issues. The Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill aims to encourage greater

Wildlife Management in Scotland

27 Aug 2020

Wildlife management refers to a range of actions which include protecting wildlife; protecting species health and welfare, culling to limit spread and management of numbers to reduce impact on habitats. Scotland is renowned for its rich and diverse wildlife –