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Bird of prey persecution at an all-time low

25 Sep 2018
Press Release

Following publication today of the RSPB ‘Birdcrime’ report, Scottish Land & Estates – whose membership includes sporting estates across Scotland – issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “There has been a tremendous amount of progress made in tackling raptor persecution, which is totally...

Sporting estates salute work to help Hen Harriers

14 Sep 2018
Press Release

Following publication today (Friday September 14) of updated data on Heads Up For Harriers, a Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW) Scotland project, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Land & Estates - which represents some of the participating estates - issued the following statement: “As project...

Implications of Agriculture Bill on Scotland need to be understood

12 Sep 2018
Press Release

The publication of the Agriculture Bill provides a degree of clarity on the direction of travel for UK farming – but more discussions will be required to understand the implications for Scotland. That was the message from Scottish Land & Estates today, with the rural business organisation again reiterating the need for progress to be made...

Scottish Land & Estates appoints new Head of Business

10 Sep 2018
Press Release

A new Head of Business has been appointed by rural business organisation, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). Tony Stevenson has joined the organisation following an association with SLE stretching back to 2010. Previously working on a consultancy basis to oversee logistics and infrastructure for the SLE’s events calendar, since 2014 Tony has...

New agriculture adviser appointed by Scottish Land & Estates

7 Sep 2018
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has enhanced its policy team with the appointment of a new adviser on agriculture. Eleanor Kay joins the organisation from Rothamsted Research, the world leading research centre for agricultural science and innovation, where she worked as the Knowledge Exchange Manager. Prior to her current role, Eleanor held...

Helping it Happen announces finalists for the 2018 Iver Salvesen Green Business Award

6 Sep 2018
Press Release

The finalists for the Iver Salvesen Green Business Award have been announced! Now in its second year, Scottish Land & Estates’ Helping It Happen Awards highlight the wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits provided by rural business, and the vital role they play in the success and survival of communities throughout rural...

Long-term vision required for Scottish agriculture

17 Aug 2018
Press Release

Scotland must seize the opportunity to carry out a comprehensive review of how the nation’s agricultural sector is to move forward in the long-term, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has said today. The organisation made the comments as part of its response to the Scottish Government’s Stability and Simplicity consultation - examining the...

Shooting estates at heart of efforts to increase Hen Harrier numbers

13 Aug 2018
Press Release

Shooting estates are at the heart of efforts to improve hen harrier numbers in Scotland. An estimated 330,000 acres of sporting estates – including many driven grouse moors - are now involved in the Heads Up for Harriers Project that aims to increase awareness of the species and examine ways to increase the population. Scotland has more...

Scottish Moorland Group statement on mountain hares

13 Aug 2018
Press Release

The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following response to an RSPB Scotland release on mountain hares. A spokesman for the Scottish Moorland Group said: “This research is very much out of kilter with other respected research on mountain hares. As recently as October 2017 Scottish Natural Heritage reported to the Scottish Parliament...

The moor the merrier as grouse shooting season gets under way

13 Aug 2018
Press Release

Country sports enthusiasts took to Scotland's moors today to mark the official start of the grouse shooting season - despite predictions that weather conditions are set to ruin prospects for this year. Forneth Moor in Perthshire echoed to the sound of shotguns this morning as a shooting party organised by the Scottish Country Sports...