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Could you be our new Highland Regional Chair?

25 Aug 2021
General News

We are recruiting for a Chair for the Highland Region. Being a Regional Chair offers you a fantastic opportunity to help shape the Regional Work Plan, broaden your skills and widen your professional network. The role is open to Scottish Land & Estates members based in the Highland Region who are a landowner, a land manager, or a...

Opportunities for all to help Scotland's covid recovery and to tackle climate change

23 Aug 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has responded to a call from Community Land Scotland for new land reform measures to tackle recovery from the pandemic and address climate change. Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "Demands for a further tranche of land reform legislation demonstrate greater concern about ownership...

SLE statement on SNP/Greens Co-operation

20 Aug 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses across Scotland, has issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a new SNP-Scottish Green Party coalition. Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “For some time there has been significant concern amongst rural communities and...

Response to raptor fatalities should not depend on location or land use

20 Aug 2021
General News

Reports of five eagles being found dead on the Western Isles are very serious. Police Scotland has said that officers are investigating and it is to be hoped that the facts of these potentially shocking incidents are established as quickly as possible. The birds – four golden eagles and a white-tailed sea eagle – were found at separate...

Land for Housing Report published by Scottish Land Commission

18 Aug 2021
General News

The Scottish Land Commission (SLC) has published its Land for Housing Report, which sets out their proposals on how increased affordable housing can be delivered across Scotland. The report details five proposals, each of which are designed to reform the existing approach to land promotion. These are as follows: The creation of a network...

SLE calls for Scottish Government rethink on one size fits all approach to short-term lets

13 Aug 2021
Press Release

New licensing laws being proposed for short-term let housing could have a devastating impact on Scotland’s rural communities, at a time when people are reeling from the wide-scale impacts of Covid-19, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation representing rural businesses and landowners. In response to the Scottish Government...

Call to support benefits of moorland management as grouse shooting season gets underway

12 Aug 2021
Press Release

The annual grouse shooting season got under way today with rural communities urging: “Support Moorland Life.” Newly published research* shows that moorland management is sustainable and delivers a host of environmental, social and economic benefits and that alternative land uses would not produce better results. Rural businesses across...

Publicly funded beaver management key to resolving tension between conservation and land management

10 Aug 2021
Press Release

Establishing an effective and well-resourced management framework for beavers in Scotland should be the shared goal for government, conservation and land management interests, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The rural business organisation made the comments following publication of the latest beaver survey by NatureScot, which...

Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study

7 Aug 2021
General News

The Daily Telegraph reports on a forthcoming academic study on sustainability and grouse shooting Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study Sport supports tourism, employment and biodiversity, experts argue. Plus, Prof James Crabbe on why Glorious 12th is vital for conservation By Hayley Dixon...

Two Scottish landholdings gain prestigious wildlife conservation accreditation

4 Aug 2021
Press Release

Two Scottish landholdings have retained their prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation has been awarded to Glenmuick Estate and to Rottal Estate, both of which are nestled in the Cairngorms National Park. WES is a national...