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SLE secure fantastic keynote speakers for conference

6 May 2021
General News

We are delighted to confirm we have secured two fantastic keynote speakers for our virtual flagship Annual Conference: "The Business of Climate Change" on 29 September. Book now and save 20% with our early bird offer. Returning by popular acclaim after a barnstorming performance last year is Sir Dieter Helm CBE. Dieter is the Professor of...

Appeal for information following golden eagle discovery

4 May 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates today appealed for information following the discovery of a dead golden eagle on an estate. The eagle was found in March and Police Scotland carried out further searches on the estate today (Tuesday). Last month, Scottish Land & Estates appealed for information about the eagle when it was revealed that a carcass...

SLE & NFUS call for PDR extension

26 Apr 2021
Press Release

By extending permitted development rights (PDR), rural Scotland can benefit from staycations and curb dirty camping. This was the message from landowners, land managers and farmers as Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) and The National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) wrote to John McNairney, The Chief Planner at the Scottish Government. Planning...

Land managers plea for those visiting the Scottish countryside

23 Apr 2021
Press Release

Please come and visit, but respect nature while you are here. That was the message from land managers, farmers and rural businesses as pandemic restrictions are loosened across Scotland, said Scottish Land & Estates. The rural based business organisation said their members looked forward to welcoming tourists and visitors from across...

Statement from deer and countryside groups in Scotland on the Scottish Government’s response to the Deer Working Group Report

23 Apr 2021
General News

We, the undersigned, firmly believe any changes to legislation must respect the welfare of deer, the positive benefit of deer to the Scottish economy, and support the rural workforce and the volunteers who manage deer. We advocate for a management approach which treats deer as an asset to be managed in the public interest and that...

Appeal for information on bird of prey

20 Apr 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates today appealed for information following the discovery of a dead bird of prey in the North-East of Scotland. Sarah Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Following confirmation from Police Scotland that a bird of prey had been found dead in Aberdeenshire last month, we would appeal for...

SLE launches manifesto with a call to tackle fly-tipping in rural Scotland

14 Apr 2021
Press Release

Fly-tipping is more than an eyesore and protecting our rural communities from it must be a priority for the next Scottish Government, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) said as they launched their manifesto “People, Jobs and Nature” ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections. The rural business organisation called on candidates to prioritise...

Countryside deserves our care over Easter period

31 Mar 2021
Press Release

Enjoying Spring sunshine at Easter in Scotland’s countryside is an appealing prospect – but care needs to be taken to treat the rural landscape with respect in the weeks and months ahead. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), which represents farmers, land managers and rural businesses, has said visitors and access-takers should enjoy rural...

Time to recognise rural Scotland’s achievements

30 Mar 2021
Press Release

People across rural Scotland who have helped their business and surrounding communities flourish, are being urged to enter the 2021 Helping It Happen Awards. Organised by Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, the annual Helping it Happen Awards, which are free to enter, will showcase the work done in 2020/21 by...

Land use key to helping achieve Scotland’s climate change targets

26 Mar 2021
General News

Building the best future for Scotland’s environment and tackling climate change is achieved through ambitious land use - rather than ownership being the deciding factor. Following publication of a new report by Community Land Scotland on the role played by community landowners in tackling the climate emergency, Scottish Land & Estates...