Support for Members

Support for members

Support for Members

*Information on our support pages is correct as of 15:20 on 21 January 2021*

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Support for Scottish Land & Estates members

SupportOur member support pages exist to allow members to find relevant guidance and updates relating to Coronavirus (Covid-19) for our rural businesses and communities in Scotland.

As we progress through the different phases of the Scottish Government's route map for Scotland, we will continue to update these pages as necessary.

As per government recommendations, our colleagues at SLE are working from home. If you need to contact a specific colleague, you can find email addresses for each colleague on the Our Staff page. We are ready to continue offering our services to members. Whether it’s a question for our policy team or a query for our membership or regional teams, we will continue to offer members a great service.

These have been challenging times for our rural communities, businesses and for wider society. The most important thing we can do right now is continue to heed the advice of health officials. Please follow all governmental and official guidelines to help make sure yourself, your staff and your communities remain safe.



Covid news and updates

Recent updates from the Scottish and UK Governments relating to various aspects of funding and restrictions are collated here, including:

21 January 2021- Support for larger self-catering properties and B&Bs

13 January 2021- Further restrictions announced

11 January 2021- Grant support top-up announced

08 January 2021- Covid funding

05 January 2021 - Outdoor Access during January Lockdown

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Information on Covid-19 in relation to our areas of work

Information on the right of responsible access throughout Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deer Management
Information on current advice on aspects of deer management, including as a purpose of pest control.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have continued to raise awareness around the issue of flytipping blighting the Scottish countryside.

tourismWell managed forestry and woodland deliver multiple objectives for the economy, society and environment. You'll find guidelines for forestry as related to Covid-19 here.

Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled answers to a list of frequently asked questions we have received. This list will be revisited and and amended in the future. If there is a question you would like an answer to which is not covered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch (member log-in required). 

Rural Housing 
Information on current advice for tenants, landlords and property owners.

squirell Rural Business
Our overview of information which we think will be of value to members, as it is released. Additional information for anyone who works for a business or organisation, or who employs staff can also be found here.

Rural Communities
Information on topics that impact communities at large, including messaging from and relating to Local Authorities.

Information from the Scottish Government relating to different areas of the tourism sector as we begin to move through stage 2 and to look ahead to stage 3 of lockdown.

Wildlife Management
Information and contact details for a variety of groups representing different aspects of wildlife management.


Additional topics relevant to members:

Information from HMRC *Last updated 5:00pm, 17 March 2020
An outline of updates from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Updates from the EU *Last updated 5:00pm, 17 March 2020
While we are in the transitional period following Brexit, changes made within the European Union will still apply to the UK. We'll provide any relevant updates here.


Further information

  • UK Government advice in relation to travel can be found here.
  • Test numbers for Covid-19 can be found here and are updated daily.
  • The latest NHS updates on the Coronavirus can be found here.
  • If you are a key worker and believe you need a COVID-19 test, advice on who classifies as a key worker is available here. Appointments for drive-through testing centres can be booked here
  • Are your friends, neighbours & family ok? Are you ok? Make time to talk. Remember, Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution's (RSABI) helpline - 0300 1114166 - is open 365 days a year, 7am to 11pm.
  • Together with the Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers and  Support in Mind Scotland, we have created an information sheet - Looking after our mental health and wellbeing - which will be beneficial to members struggling as we proceed through different regulations related to Covid.
  • Different councils have various definitions of terms such as "key workers". If you have any concerns regarding terminology in your area, contact your Regional Support Officer. If you need help in finding out who your Regional Support Officer is, contact us directly.
  • Advice for those with symptoms or diagnosis of COVID-19 is available here.