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22/02/2017
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Let’s keep the wild in Scottish wildcat

Cat owners across Scotland are being asked to help protect the highly endangered Scottish wildcat. Experts estimate there are fewer than 300 wildcats left in the wild, but Scottish Wildcat Action (SWA) hopes pet and farm cats will play a key part in helping save the day. So what is involved and, crucially, what can
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14/02/2017
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This Valentine’s Day, love your bog…

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Seen for years as being bleak, unproductive waste-ground, the image of Scotland’s peatlands, whether upland or lowland, has not always been favourable. Indeed, it is only since society has come to understand the natural environment as a dynamic life-support system, rather than a store of natural resources to be exploited for human advancement, that we
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07/02/2017
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Planning: power to the people?

Planning is a thorny issue which more than one elected member of Holyrood has been warned against getting involved in, and for good reason. Red tape, costly, time consuming and controversial developments. Unfortunately, these are just some of the frustrations that people too often cite whenever the subject of planning broached. But, having made it
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19/01/2017
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2016 in review and a look ahead to 2017

Looking back… On behalf of everyone at Scottish Land & Estates I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! The past year has seen a number of significant events and changes which will impact on landownership and land management in Scotland, and looking at our calendar for the year ahead, I’m sure
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06/12/2016
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Yee-haa for YeHHA!

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One example is the Flodden Eco museum, a cross border project which links together over 40 sites and other aspects of heritage nationwide which have a connection to the Battle of Flodden, through history, folklore, or legend. The sites are all existing attractions in the care of their communities, such as castles, bridges, churches, museums,
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01/12/2016
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Business as usual?

Far from it. This weekend is Small Business Saturday and the alert readers amongst you will have also noticed that this is my first blog since joining Scottish Land & Estates. As you will no doubt be aware, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are hugely important to the rural economy – both in terms of
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16/11/2016
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Hear the buzz from the Scottish Bee Company

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This week’s blog has been written by Iain & Suzie Millar of The Scottish Bee Company. It’s well known that bees are one of the world’s most important pollinating insects and play an integral role in food production and maintaining biodiversity. However, the dramatic decline in numbers has become a cause of national, if not
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08/11/2016
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National Landlord Day…the policy perspective

It always seems to be a national month, week or day. We are in the grizzly part of Movember, last week we had National Sandwich Day, and Sunday was apparently National Nachos Day! Many awareness days are shameless self-promotion or just for comedic purposes. Some raise huge sums of money for worthy charities, and others
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20/10/2016
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We need to think about the future

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Brexit is making my head hurt. There are so many permutations for where we might end up that it is easy to just give up trying to think about it and wait until there is a little more clarity. But Brexit is potentially so important to rural Scotland that we simply can’t wait until all
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13/10/2016
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Brexit: Five key areas for rural Scotland….

Today’s guest blog has been written by Fiona Cameron, Partner and Lois Newton, Associate at Gillespie Macandrew, on Brexit and looking at the possible impact on the rural sector. The dust may be settling following the Brexit Referendum, however there remains a great deal of uncertainty for the rural sector. Leaving the EU is likely
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