Tags - Country Sports

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


12 Aug 2021

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...

Shooting and rural organisations take responsibility of move away from lead ammunition


24 Feb 2020

Leading shooting and rural organisations have today announced they want an end to the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting within five years.


SLE welcome improved ratings system for sporting rights and deer forests


29 Jan 2020

Important technical changes to the calculation of non-domestic rates on shooting rights and deer forests have been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates.

The rates, reintroduced as part of the Land...

A morning on the moor

Blog Post

16 Aug 2019

For Emma Dickinson, SLE Digital Communications Officer, the Glorious Twelfth was the first time out on a Scottish moor, experiencing a grouse shoot. She discusses what she learnt and how there is more...

Fake news must not shape future of grouse moors


9 Aug 2019

Following the recent story falsely claiming that shooters were travelling from the UK to hunt puffins in Iceland, Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group, discusses the...

A receding hare line? Not on our moorlands

Blog Post

27 Jun 2019

Managing land in Scotland is a subject that often triggers passionate debate, none more so when it comes to the care of our native mountain hare.

Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone this week launched...

Benefits of moorland management


26 Apr 2019

With moorland management under ever more scrutiny, Tim Baynes Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group Director, has reiterated the immense value of existing moorland management practices in an open...

SLE responds following John Finnie MSP's comments on sporting rates


8 Mar 2019

Scottish Land & Estates has responded to comments made by John Finnie, Green MSP for Highlands & Islands, in an article published by The National on 23rd February 2019.

Letter to John Finnie MSP:


Statement on RSPB call for grouse moor licensing regime


14 Dec 2018

In response to publication today (December 14) of a report by RSPB calling for the introduction of licensing of grouse moors, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.

David Johnstone...

Countryside organisations support official review of grouse moor management


5 Nov 2018

Countryside and wildlife organisations today appealed for the Scottish Government-led review into grouse moor management to be allowed to take its course in the interests of rural Scotland.


Bird of prey persecution at an all-time low


25 Sep 2018

Following publication today of the RSPB ‘Birdcrime’ report, Scottish Land & Estates – whose membership includes sporting estates across Scotland – issued the following statement.

David Johnstone...

Shooting estates at heart of efforts to increase Hen Harrier numbers


13 Aug 2018

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...