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UK’s first Eagle Town flies high with the country’s first Eagle Festival to help protect golden eagles

27 Sep 2021
Press Release

The UK’s first ever Golden Eagle Festival (which took place from 19 to 26 of September 2021) saw a wonderful celebration of one of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife species, culminating in the official naming of the town of Moffat in Dumfries & Galloway as the UK’s first Eagle Town. Organised by the pioneering charity initiative, The South...

Fifteen Scottish landholdings gain prestigious wildlife conservation accreditation

24 Sep 2021
Press Release

Awards presented by HRH The Princess Royal and Dr Mike Cantlay OBE at GWCT Scottish Game Fair Fifteen Scottish farms and estates – accounting for more than 211,000 acres - have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. The award of Wildlife Estates...

Bold new vision places communities at the heart of deer management obligations

24 Sep 2021
Press Release

A new vision that will place communities at the centre of efforts to manage deer on publicly owned land in Scotland will be unveiled today at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair by a partnership of eleven leading deer management stakeholders including SLE. The partnership, which will be launched by BASC, aims to institutionalise what is being...

Join us at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, 24 - 26 September

17 Sep 2021
General News

Join us at our usual spot at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair on the 24-26 September, celebrating, conservation and the countryside! We can’t wait to welcome you to our stand, having missed nearly two years of show season! The SLE team are raring to go and will be in our usual spot at the Game Fair at Scone. Our Chairman’s Reception, sponsored...

Scottish Land & Estates made part of The Queen’s Green Canopy Friends Network

15 Sep 2021
General News

Scottish Land & Estates is part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) Friend's Network. The network comprises of a number of organisations based all over the UK who are supporting the QGC in a variety of ways, from participating in the planting of trees to encouraging others to get involved and raising awareness about the project. The Queen’s...

Finalists announced for national Helping it Happen Awards 2021

9 Sep 2021
Press Release

The finalists for the Helping it Happen Awards 2021 have been announced, with nominations for those who have contributed to Scotland’s rural economy, enhanced the environment or made a success of their business despite the pandemic. Now in its fifth year, the Helping it Happen Awards, sponsored by GLM, have become firmly established in...

Scottish landholdings determined to lead in European Wildlife Accreditation scheme

9 Sep 2021
Press Release

Scotland’s farms and estates are intent on tackling the twin threats of climate change and biodiversity loss, a European-wide congress is to be told today (Thursday). Wildlife Estates, a best practice land management accreditation scheme across 19 European countries, today (Thursday 9 September) held its virtual annual gathering across...

SLE's comment on Programme for Government announcement

7 Sep 2021
Press Release

Commenting on today’s Programme for Government, Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates said: “Scotland’s land-based businesses already play a vital role in combating climate change, so we fully support the Scottish Government’s focus on tackling the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity. We welcome much...

Scottish Land & Estates Welcomes Announcement of Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board

26 Aug 2021
General News

Following the important work of the Farmer-led Groups, Scottish Land and Estates welcomes Wednesday’s announcement by Scottish Government creating the Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB). The ARIOB will be co-chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon, and Martin Kennedy, NFU Scotland...

Short-term lets licensing scheme temporarily delayed due to over 1000 consultation responses

26 Aug 2021
General News

SLE has recently received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Shona Robison, setting out the Scottish Government’s next steps for its short-term licensing scheme proposals. We have included a copy of the letter here. The Cabinet Secretary advised that the Scottish Government plans to delay...