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SLE supports moves to protect farm animals from dog attacks

27 Aug 2020
Press Release

Scotland needs a clear and consistent approach to tackling livestock worrying, including increased penalties, robust enforcement and more supportive education for dog owners, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses. In their written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural...

Scottish Parliament provides short-term stability for farming

27 Aug 2020
Press Release

New legislation will provide short-term clarity for those working in the rural sector as we approach an uncertain future out of the EU, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses. Following the passing of the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill in the...

New protocol on land management welcomed

26 Aug 2020
Press Release

A new protocol which aims to promote good stewardship and high standards of land management across Scotland has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates today. The best practice guide has been published by the Scottish Land Commission (SLC). Scottish Land & Estates is part of the SLC Good Practice Advisory Group, which provides...

SLE gives evidence on strengthening Scotland’s environmental governance

25 Aug 2020
Press Release

Scotland’s proposed new environmental watchdog must be fully independent of government and be given the proper resources and budget it requires if we want to ensure Scotland’s world-renowned environment remains protected after Brexit says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses...

Open letter to the Scottish Government on the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill

18 Aug 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates has written a joint letter to Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, calling on the Scottish Government to add a purpose clause to the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill to provide a clear indication to the sector that any secondary legislation will be written with...

SLE statement on LACS trap report

13 Aug 2020
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates today described a report by the League Against Cruel Sports on the use of traps and snares as a ‘fundamentally flawed’ attempt to undermine grouse moor management. Tim Baynes, Moorland Director of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The traditional start of the grouse shooting season yesterday was a clear reminder of...

SLE supports tough action and penalties on wildlife crime

13 Aug 2020
Press Release

Estates and land managers share the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling all forms of wildlife crime. Scottish Land & Estates made the comments following publication of a blog by Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP outlining the Scottish Government’s action on wildlife offences. Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish...

New protocols build on positive work

13 Aug 2020
Press Release

New protocols for diversification of ownership & tenure of land and negotiating transfer of land to communities help build on the positive work already taking place Scottish Land & Estates said today. Gavin Mowat, Policy Adviser (Rural Communities) at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Land in Scotland is owned by many different entities...

Call to care for Scotland's countryside

12 Aug 2020
Press Release

NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) are jointly reminding the public and businesses of their responsibility to safeguard and care for Scotland’s countryside. The call comes following a spate of incidents in the past few months. Many land-based businesses have reported increased instances of rubbish being left by access-takers...

Grouse season proves a boost for rural businesses

12 Aug 2020
Press Release

Rural businesses have heralded the start of the grouse season as a ‘lifeline’ in overcoming the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As parties gathered in the Angus Glens for the first day of the season, local businesses are hoping that visitors for grouse shooting will provide an injection of income to sustain employment after an...