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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...

Rural communities ready for grouse season with socially distanced shoots

8 Aug 2020
Press Release

Rural communities and businesses across Scotland are gearing up for the start of the grouse shooting season, adopting extra safety measures to ensure the season can go ahead on 12 August. The country sports sector has developed a comprehensive framework of COVID-19 guidance approved by the Scottish Government. The start of the season...

Mobile app to transform recording of raptors on grouse moors

3 Aug 2020
General News

Recording bird of prey sightings across Scotland is set to take a major step forward thanks to a new app being developed in conjunction with grouse moors and gamekeepers. The app, which uses the EpiCollect5 platform developed by Imperial College London, is currently being trialled by gamekeepers and landowners. Use of the new technology...

Appeal for information on poisoned sea eagle

27 Jul 2020
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses, today joined a Police Scotland appeal for information over of the case of a sea eagle found poisoned in north-east Scotland. Mark Tennant, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We wholeheartedly support the appeal for information from the police and are utterly appalled to...

Estates Appeal for Information on Satellite-Tagged Golden Eagle

19 Jul 2020
Press Release

A group of Perthshire estates have appealed for help in tracing a golden eagle whose satellite tag stopped transmitting. Farmers, gamekeepers, shepherds and local people have gathered to conduct searches for the bird in the Strathbraan area in addition to a search undertaken by police. The eagle’s tag last transmitted on 18 May. It was...