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SLE responds to 'incorrect muirburn comment'

1 Oct 2021
Press Release

Responding to comments made by RSPB Scotland today (1 October 2021) in The Herald article Climate targets ‘at risk of going up in smoke’ over moor burns, a spokesperson for Scottish Land & Estates said: “It is totally incorrect to associate out of control wildfires with muirburn carried out by land managers. The huge summer wildfires we...

Land use rather than ownership should be at the fore in drive to halt climate change

30 Sep 2021
Press Release

Debate around the existence of ‘green lairds’ oversimplifies the significant financial and regulatory challenges faced by land managers when tackling climate change. Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, spoke ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the issue. The organisation said it was never more vital that...

Tools rather than targets can help rural Scotland deliver more on climate change

29 Sep 2021
Press Release

Tools to tackle climate change – not simply setting new targets – must be delivered quickly if rural Scotland is to fulfil its role in helping the planet avoid environmental catastrophe. Mark Tennant, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), which represents rural businesses, made the comments at the organisation’s annual conference...

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...