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    • 24/03/2017 - Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee - Brexit
      This week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee held a roundtable session on the implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland in relation to agriculture and forestry. Scottish Land & Estates was represented by Andrew Midgley. The papers for the meeting can be found here... The Official Report w
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    • 24/03/2017 - Woodland Expansion discussions
      On Wednesday, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), Anne Gray joined other organisations at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, to consider various scenarios for how woodland expansion in Scotland might be achieved.  The various different interests in woodland expansion were considered, from those with
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    • 23/03/2017 - Community Engagement Guidance Consultation
      The Scottish Government has today published for consultation its draft Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land.  The consultation, to which Scottish Land & Estates will be responding, runs until 16 June 2017. The document can be found here... 
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    • 23/03/2017 - Current consultations - 23 March 2017
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 23/03/2017 - Wages
      The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on 1 April 2017.  View NMW and NLW changes
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    • 23/03/2017 - Scottish Tourism Week finale
      The end of Scottish Tourism Week was marked with a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening. The successful growth, diversity and achievements of the industry were celebrated but speakers encouraged people to optimise opportunity and not become complacent. Challenges to the industry were also noted including the business
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    • 23/03/2017 - Savills and Scottish Woodlands say Forestry “Primed for Growth”
      Highighting the vital importance of Scotland to UK Forestry, Savills and Scottish Woodlands held a well attended launch event in Edinburgh this week for their UK Forestry Market Spotlight document. The launched included four very informative presentations from Savills and Scottish Woodlands experts, including one covering
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    • 23/03/2017 - Rural services and infrastructure – call for views
      Scottish Rural Action represents the views of rural Scotland at a European level through the European Rural Parliament (ERP) and is calling for evidence on rural services and infrastructure to feed into the European-wide view. Members can take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be accessed here and choose ‘S
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    • 23/03/2017 - Record year for food and drink exports
      Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. The figures show that: Food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion. The fish a
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    • 23/03/2017 - Digital strategy launched
      Plans to boost the number of digital jobs to 150,000 by 2021 have been outlined in the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy. Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World sets out how the Scottish Government intends to place digital at the heart of everything it does from reforming public services to delive
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    • 23/03/2017 - Support for low carbon rural energy innovations
      A multi-million pound fund is being made available to assist innovative local energy projects in rural parts of Scotland. Projects that have the potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and boost local economies will be able to apply for up to £100,000 from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Pro
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    • 23/03/2017 - Cairngorms Community Development Network
      Scottish Land & Estates attended this event aimed at giving community development practitioners an opportunity to meet and discuss areas of common interest. The key focus of the meeting was on the empowerment agenda and specifically the provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, including Community Asset Tra
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    • 23/03/2017 - Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC)
      A meeting of the AoCC was held at the Lecht Ski Centre this week, at which Scottish Water were there to answer queries regarding recent taste and smell issues with the water supply. Scottish Water detailed the measures that have been taken to rectify the issue, including, cleaning tanks and pipes and more regular testing of t
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    • 22/03/2017 - Annual Joint Meeting NAF-LAF
      On Friday 17th March the National Access Forum and Local Access Forum held a joint annual meeting at the SNH offices in Battleby. The event focused on various aspects of promoting the benefits of access and making responsible access happen. A series of presentations looking at various initiatives around exercising dogs as par
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    • 22/03/2017 - Tay Catchment - Beaver Survey 2017
      At the request of Scottish Government to establish up to date beaver numbers, and to support forthcoming work on beavers, SNH is to carry out a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland and Knapdale in the spring of 2017.  The survey will be founded on a repeat of the 2012 Tayside Beaver Study Group s
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    • 22/03/2017 - Superfast Broadband Extended
      £15.6 million of is being reinvested in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project which is going to be used to target areas with the lowest speeds. The Digital Scotland contract uses public investment and investment from BT includes a clawback that requires BT to return part of the public investment when uptake su
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    • 22/03/2017 - Monitor Estate Project – are you interested?
      The Scottish Enterprise Rural Team is keen to gauge the level of interest in establishing a “Monitor Estate Project” using the agriculture monitor farm model.  This model has been used successfully in the farming and agritourism sectors, and Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Land & Estates want to hear from you if you wou
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    • 22/03/2017 - Digital Strategy Published
      Scotland’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world was published on Wednesday. Digital skills, cyber security, digital diversity are all included in the document. The Strategy includes recognition of the disadvantage rural Scotland is facing due to a lack of digital connectivity. Regard
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    • 20/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 March 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 March 2017.
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    • 20/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 17/03/2017 - Landowners identify new direction for supporting Scotland’s rural businesses
      A debate about the future of rural policy and support for Scottish agriculture and forestry needs to commence regardless of constitutional uncertainty, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. At the heart of this debate will be the structure of support for farms and rural businesses. Scottish Land & Estates supports a lon
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    • 16/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Statement on Snaring Review
      “A five year review conducted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has found that snaring related incidents have reduced following changes in the law." Scottish Land & Estates are delighted that the 2011 regulations and the resulting regime of training and best practice are working satisfactorily, and we look forward to w
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    • 16/03/2017 - 2017 Rates Revaluation
      There is a new SPICe briefing available on non-domestic rates and the 2017 revaluation which members may find of interest. Regarding sporting rates, the assessors have acknowledged valuations will not be prepared for the 1st April. The methodology is still being consideration and valuations will take place thereafter. We
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    • 16/03/2017 - Peatland ACTION
      An £8 million investment will restore peatlands and help reduce carbon emissions, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has revealed as she opened the funding for applications on Wednesday. Read more... Applications will be accepted from 1st April and the window for applications will remain open until the end
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    • 16/03/2017 - Free rural campaign training
      A free two day training workshop run by Scottish Rural Action, the organisation behind the Scottish Rural Parliament, seeks to train and support new and existing rural campaigners. The training is supported by the Voluntary Action Fund and led by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK), which has 12 years’ experience of train
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    • 16/03/2017 - Aspiring Communities Fund – application deadline approaches
      The first funding round for the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund closes on 7 April 2017. The new fund is intended to enable community bodies and third sector organisations in Scotland’s most deprived communities to develop and deliver long-term local solutions that address local priorities and needs and bui
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    • 16/03/2017 - Funding for new roads and land
      A £15 million investment in the development of infrastructure is expected to unlock significant levels of private sector funding, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed. Applications by Fife and North Ayrshire Councils through the Tax Incremental Financing scheme (TIF), have been approved with the councils now set to w
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    • 16/03/2017 - Tourism programme extended until 2022
      The Themed Years’ tourism programme will continue beyond 2018, it was confirmed this week. The Year of Scotland’s Coast and Waters will be celebrated in 2020 while the focus in 2022 will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories, both led by VisitScotland. The 2020 theme will support Scotland’s marine and coastal tourism
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    • 16/03/2017 - Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP)
      The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) is a myriad of organisations that have come together around the aim of re-connecting people with the living legacy of the Lomond and Benarty Hills through a range of community based activities, volunteering opportunities and projects. Scottish Land & Estates heard from innovativ
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    • 16/03/2017 - Floating offshore windfarm approved
      Planning consent for an eight turbine 6MW offshore windfarm around 15km south-east of Aberdeen has been granted by Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. The floating development by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited will: ·         Support the creation of around 110 jobs during asse
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    • 13/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 March 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 March 2017.
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    • 13/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 13 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 10/03/2017 - Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee Responds to Draft Climate Change Plan
      The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee considered the agriculture, transport and forestry aspects of the Draft Climate Change Plan. The committee has now published its response which includes criticising the lack of financial information provided and the timescales for scrutiny. The response also calls for greater r
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    • 10/03/2017 - Rural Economy And Connectivity Committee recommend modern Crofting Bill
      Following evidence gathering at the end of 2016, Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has recommended the Scottish Government introduce new crofting legislation which suits modern practices and addresses the current problems. The report also calls for an overarching crofting policy to be developed.
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    • 10/03/2017 - New Shared Apprenticeship Scheme for the Forestry Sector
      A new initiative has been launched in response to the growing demand for a more flexible approach to apprenticeships in the forestry sector. The Fife Forestry Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a pilot and has been established in response to concerns from the forestry industry about an ageing workforce and shortage of new en
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    • 10/03/2017 - Scottish Parliament Debate on Biodiversity
      On Thursday a debate took place in Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s’ biodiversity and the progress made towards the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy a Route Map to 2020  The debate highlighted Scotland’s many success stories including progress made in protecting the marine environment and peatlands which has recentl
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    • 09/03/2017 - National Access Forum Site Visit – Glentress
      At the start of the year Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) presented a joint paper to the National Access Forum (NAF) on the emergent construction of unauthorised mountain bike trails and the impact these can have on land management practices and the environment. Following the presentation of
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    • 09/03/2017 - Cairngorms Waders Adaptive Management – Initial Scoping Meeting
      A national decline in wading birds over the last few decades is well recognised, as is the localised distribution of remaining populations. However, there is a need for more and better data on existing wader numbers, distribution, productivity, and the reasons for their decline in some areas and persistence in others. Improve
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    • 09/03/2017 - £25 million for local regeneration
      A total of 29 projects will be awarded £25 million funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities. The joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment will inject new life and opportunity into disadvantaged and
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    • 09/03/2017 - Agriculture trainees win at Lantra Scotland’s Learner of the Year Awards
      Jakob Eunson, a talented young farming apprentice from East Voe in Shetland, has won the Agriculture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The runner-up spotwent to Matthew Douglas from Hawick. Matthew and Katie Dubarry were also joint winners of the prestigious CARAS (C
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    • 09/03/2017 - Scottish Property Federation (SPF) annual conference
      SPF delegates including Scottish Land & Estates heard from Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Jobs and Fair Work, and leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Ruth Davidson MSP on the theme of ‘Global Capital; Local Growth’.  Concerns over Brexit and the prospect of a second independence referendum were
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    • 09/03/2017 - Recruiting Modern Apprentices in rural areas
      Companies in eleven rural areas will be eligible for additional support to help them employ Modern Apprentices. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed eligible areas for the Rural Supplement ahead of visiting I A & C Maciver in Stornoway, who employ two Modern Apprentices, on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
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    • 09/03/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
      Mental ill health is a problem that affects many in our rural communities – often compounded by physical isolation. The second National Rural Mental Health Forum was held this week where it was announced that Fergus Ewing MSP has agreed to support the forum for six months through £25,000 funding. The SRUC has also committe
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    • 09/03/2017 - Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises Consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises consultation. The guide will consolidate and supersede a number of individual Scottish Government guides and introduces a substantial number of editorial changes aimed at improving the dutyholders understanding. O
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    • 09/03/2017 - Wildlife Trust launches its blueprint for land stewardship in Scotland
      On Tuesday the Scottish Wildlife Trust launched a consultation draft of its blueprint for rural policy in Scotland in the years to come.   The Wildlife Trust advocate that public funds for land-based business, which it wants retained at current levels, should be used to deliver environmental public goods rather than to s
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    • 09/03/2017 - European Commission signals 'birth' of new EU27 with White Paper on future unity
      The European Commission has outlined the challenges the EU faces and scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on the choices it makes in the years ahead. The White Paper released last Wednesday is effectively the opening round of a process that will determine the future direction of the EU as a 27 member blo
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    • 09/03/2017 - Public asked for sightings of rare hen harriers
      After a successful call for hen harrier sightings last year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Heads Up for Harriers project are once more asking people to report sightings of this special bird.  Land managers are also asked to help retain nesting habitat when muirburning.  Read more...  
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    • 09/03/2017 - Police Scotland Warn of Fake Pesticides
      Police Scotland is taking part in a Europe wide campaign to warn farmers against using fake pesticides. This is a growing problem in mainland Europe (with an estimated 10% of all pesticides being illicit) and Police Scotland is keen to ensure the integrity of Scottish farm land, which is currently free from illegal pesticides
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    • 09/03/2017 - Welcome Response to Fuel Poverty Reports
      The Scottish Government has responded to the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group Report and the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force Report which were published in October. Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance has announced a pilot Home Care scheme which will see Homes Energy Scotland advisors visit 220 rural homes in two lo
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    • 09/03/2017 - Making Tax Digital
      Further to concerns raised during the consultation, the UK Government has decided to provide 3.1 million small businesses with more time to prepare for Making Tax Digital.  Businesses (including the self-employed and landlords) that have annual turnover below the VAT registration threshold  will have an extra year before th
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    • 09/03/2017 - UK Government Budget
      Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the final Spring Budget statement in the House of Commons this afternoon and the Spring Budget 2017 is now available. He stated his plans were intended to give the UK economy strong foundations and a global outlook as the country prepared to leave the EU. Noting the Brit
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    • 07/03/2017 - Nominations open for new ‘Helping it Happen’ rural awards
      Communities, businesses and individuals across Scotland are being asked for nominations for new rural awards celebrating estates and landowners that help their local region to flourish. Scottish Land & Estates has today launched the inaugural ‘Helping it Happen’ awards, which will recognise landowners and rural b
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    • 06/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 March 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 March 2017.
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    • 06/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 February - 03 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 February - 03 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 03/03/2017 - Outstanding talent celebrated at Lantra Scotland's Awards
      The hard work and dedication of some of the country’s most talented trainees and modern apprentices have been recognised at Lantra Scotland’s 15th Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday 2nd March in Dunblane. The awards were presented to trainees at the glittering ceremony
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    • 03/03/2017 - A bright future for Peatland Restoration
      The National Peatland Action Plan Delivery Group met yesterday.  The Group, which includes organisations representing Government, ourselves representing land ownership and rural business, and environmental NGOs, agreed a range of activity and actions for 2017 aimed at meeting this year’s target of restoration of around 10,
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    • 03/03/2017 - Cabinet Secretary highlights our collaborative efforts at Biodiversity event
      Scottish Land & Estates presented at this week’s Natural Capital and Biodiversity event in Edinburgh, highlighting our thoughts on future rural support and how it might be shaped to deliver for both food, farming and the environment.  Roseanna Cunningham MSP gave the keynote speech at the event.   Ms Cunningham hi
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    • 03/03/2017 - Loch Lomond & Trossachs - Introduction of Camping Byelaws
      This week Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park introduced new camping byelaws. Camping is welcome throughout the National Park but in order to protect some its most cherished lochshores, byelaws creating Camping Management Zones (which cover less than 4% of the Park’s 720 sq mile area) will be in effect between March and S
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    • 02/03/2017 - Non-domestic water industry update
      Scottish Land & Estates was present for the latest non-domestic water industry update at which Consumer Futures Unit revealed a draft work plan for the year ahead. There was also a reminder that owners of unoccupied commercial property will be liable for water charges from 1 April 2017, and that as of April 2018, unmeasured c
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    • 02/03/2017 - Multi-million A9 dualling contract
      The Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the construction contract for the 9.5km section between Luncarty to Birnam has been published with work to deliver this £100 million scheme expected to start by the end of this year. A Contract Notice is expected to follow in the coming weeks. Design work also continues apace across
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    • 02/03/2017 - Hosts sought for Open Farm Sunday
      The organisers of the popular Open Farm Sunday are seeking hosts for this year’s event on Sunday 11 June 2017. Last year 21 farms in Scotland welcomed a collective attendance of 20,758, and Open Farm Sunday are on a mission to see this increase in 2017. They particularly want to focus on increasing the number of host farmer
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    • 02/03/2017 - GrowBiz provides support in rural Perthshire
      Until recently, GrowBiz has been providing community-based enterprise support mainly in the Eastern and Highland areas. Now, in partnership with Business Gateway, Perthshire Chamber and PKAVS, and with funding support from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER, the service is available across Perthshire. Services are free and conf
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    • 02/03/2017 - Consultation on Raising Planning Fees
      Scottish Land & Estates has submitted its response to the consultation on raising planning fees, which seeks to make planning authorities able to fully recover costs for processing applications. Scottish Land & Estates agrees in principle with raising the fees to cover the full cost of delivery but we insist that delivery mus
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    • 02/03/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Action – SGP Event
      Scottish wildcats are a European Protected Species. A sharing Good Practice event, hosted in the SNH offices at Battleby took place on Friday 24 February. This was a specialist event for all those whose activities in developments and land management may impact on wildcat habitat; for example, local authority planners, forest
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    • 02/03/2017 - Sporting Rates Rumours
      Members are advised to be aware that there are a number of rumours circulating regarding sporting rates. The methodology has not yet been confirmed and therefore the rateable values cannot be estimated. Sporting Rates will be considered as any other rateable property is when applying for Small Business Bonus Relief. The valua
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    • 02/03/2017 - UK Supreme Court
      The UK Supreme Court will sit in the City Chambers in Edinburgh in June.  This is the first time that the UK’s highest court has sat outside of London.  Several appeals will be heard during the week commencing 12 June, with at least five of the Supreme Court Justices sitting over the course of the visit. The list of cas
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    • 02/03/2017 - Letting Agent Regulation Guidance
      The Scottish Government has published guidance on the new Letting Agent Regulations. This includes who needs to register, what the training requirements are, and what is required to comply with the Code of Practice. The regulations come into force on 31 January 2018. https://www.mygov.scot/letting-agent-registration/befor
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    • 02/03/2017 - FarrPoint to advise on 100% broadband rollout
      The Scottish Government has appointed telecoms and information technology firm FarrPoint to provide advice on the planning and rollout of Scotland’s digital infrastructure action plan. The action plan includes the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100), which has a deadline of March 2021. The project wi
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    • 02/03/2017 - Windows
      Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is inviting views on its new revised non-statutory guidance note on Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Windows.  This is one in a series of guidance notes offering best practice advice on specific topics relating to the historic environment.  The draft note is here and the on-l
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    • 02/03/2017 - Scottish Business Hub in London
      A new Innovation and Investment Hub has opened in London for use by Scottish businesses. Scotland House, located at 58 Victoria Embankment, will provide meeting and event space and will be used by various organisations such as Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and HIE as well as any other Scottish business members. Sco
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    • 01/03/2017 - Award for Douglas & Angus Estates for its effort to establish The Scrib Tree cafe
      A South Lanarkshire estate has been recognised for its outstanding work in boosting the local community and its economy. Douglas & Angus Estates, Lanark, has received Scottish Land & Estates’ South West region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award in recognition of their impressive efforts in helping to establish and s
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    • 01/03/2017 - Award for Bowhill Estate recognising its farming partnership
      Bowhill Estate has won an award recognising its work in creating sustainable farming units and partnerships. The estate, at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, has received Scottish Land & Estates’ South East region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award after establishing a new farm partnership enabling a tenant to succee
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    • 01/03/2017 - Award for Luss Estates recognising its housing partnership
      Luss Estates Company has won an award recognising its role in establishing an innovative housing development partnership. The estate, based within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, has received Scottish Land & Estates’ Central region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award after it strived to help create new fami
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    • 01/03/2017 - Aberdeenshire estates recognised for their Aboyne Academy partnership
      A trio of Aberdeenshire estates have been recognised for their involvement in an innovative partnership that engages school pupils with rural business. Ballogie, Glen Tanar and Dinnet Estateshave received Scottish Land & Estates’ North East region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award after creating an forestry awarene
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    • 28/02/2017 - Rural Housing Conference Presentations
      The presentations from the Rural Housing Conference which took place last week are now available on the Rural Housing Scotland website. The conference brought together people from all backgrounds who are interested in rural housing issues. Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart, addressed the delegates and encouraged the uptake of t
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    • 27/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 February 2017
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 February 2017.  
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    • 27/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20 - 24 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20 - 24 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 27/02/2017 - LAND AND ESTATE OWNERS URGED TO HIGHLIGHT FINEST WOODS IN SCOTLAND
      Land and estate owners in Scotland have been invited to submit entries to an awards programme which recognises the country's highest-quality forests and woodland. Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2017 is seeking superb examples of woodland creation and management to match some of the 2016 winners - including Sutherland
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    • 25/02/2017 - Landowners reinforce commitment to make tenant improvements amnesty work well and fairly
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land businesses across Scotland, said today its members are wholly committed to make the amnesty on tenant improvements work ‘well and fairly’. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support an amnesty. It was landowners who put forward the suggestio
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    • 25/02/2017 - Review of Game Bird Law and Licensing in Selected European Countries published - Scottish Land & Estates' comment
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided initial comment on the Review of Game Bird Law and Licensing in Selected European Countries, published by SNH on February 24, 2017. The report will be considered by Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Moorland Group in greater detail in the coming weeks. A spokesman for Scott
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    • 24/02/2017 - Fisheries Management Scotland appoints Chairman and Board Members
      The newly elected Board of Fisheries Management Scotland, the representative body for Scotland’s District Salmon Fishery Boards and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts has appointed Alister Jack as Chairman. Alister is the Chairman of the Annan District Salmon Fishery Board and Annan Fisheries Trust. The first meeting of the Fi
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    • 24/02/2017 - National geophysical survey
      The British Geological Survey will be carrying out geophysical surveys in selected areas in England this year, with a complete 3D map of the UK being the long-term aim. Selection of sights to participate in surveys depends on interest (and financial backing) from stakeholders, specifically the industry or owner that decides t
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    • 24/02/2017 - Code of Practice final working group
      The non-domestic water industry has been working to draft a Code of Practice for the industry, this week was the third and final working group to be held on the issue. The final draft will be circulated to Scottish Land & Estates and other members of the group before being approved and implemented by the Water Industry Commis
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    • 24/02/2017 - Mr Jazzy Potato Project launched
      Schoolchildren in Perth and Kinross are taking part in a project encouraging classes to grow and harvest their own potatoes from scratch. The Mr Jazzy Potato Project, organised by the Perth & Kinross Initiative of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and sponsored by WCF Horticulture, aims to show the children the gradua
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    • 24/02/2017 - Investing in fisheries
      Sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing businesses will receive more than £8 million of EU and Scottish Government funding, including £1.6 million for projects in Shetland, to boost growth, protect jobs and develop sustainability. The latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will deliver 41 proj
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    • 24/02/2017 - Rates Support Announced
      This week Finance secretary Derek Mackay announced additional support to mitigate the impacts of non-domestic rates rises. Many in the hospitality sector will be grateful for a 12.5% cap on their rates liability increase. Owners of small hydro schemes (under 1MW) will also benefit from this 12.5% cap. Members should note
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    • 24/02/2017 - Electronic Communications Code Update
      The Lords began their report stage of the Digital Economy Bill on Tuesday. Again, there was good discussion of site providers concerns particularly regarding site valuation. Although the ‘no scheme basis’ remains there has been some clarification. The intention for the Code of Practice which will accompany the new Electro
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    • 23/02/2017 - Rural Support Schemes And Payments Update
      At this week’s Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Stakeholders Group meeting (was previously CAP Stakeholders Group), updates on IT and other rural support payments matters were given.    CAP Payments – IT related delays 2015 Pillar 1 payments There is a very small tail of basic payment scheme payme
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    • 23/02/2017 - Key outcomes from SRDP 2017-13 published
      The Scottish Rural Network has produced a 2-page flyer which summarises the benefits derived from the last round of SRDP (2007-13).  See flyer here...
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    • 23/02/2017 - Last call for entries for The Golden Plover Award 2017
      Run by The Heather Trust and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland (GWCT Scotland) with support from Lindsays solicitors, the Golden Plover Award aims to highlight the very best of progressive, forward-thinking moorland management in Scotland. This award is open to any group, farm, estate or individual with a
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    • 23/02/2017 - Scottish rural funding confirmed
      The Scottish Government has used the passage of the Scottish Budget in the Scottish Parliament as an opportunity to say that rural Scotland will benefit from over £640 million funding in 2017-18, but that future support is under threat from a ‘hard Brexit’. Speaking early in the week, ahead of a meeting with Andrea L
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    • 23/02/2017 - Andrea Leadsom sets out principles of future food and farming policy
      Speaking to the English NFU, Andrea Leadsom, the DEFRA Secretary of State, set out five principles that will guide future food and farming policy. The five principles were trade, competitiveness, environmental sustainability, the promotion of animal and plant health and welfare, and resilience. The speech can be found
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    • 23/02/2017 - Avian Influenza Latest
      From 00:01 on 28 February 2017, a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will come into effect in Scotland meaning that, from that date, keepers may let their birds out provided that they have enhanced biosecurity measures in place.   The risk level from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza remains at ‘high’ for wild birds
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    • 23/02/2017 - Agriculture Champions to take forward Agriculture Strategy for Scotland
      In January, Fergus Ewing MSP announced the appointment of four Agriculture Champions to advise on the development of a strategy for the sector. The Agriculture Champions will help develop an Agriculture Strategy to guide the long-term sustainable future for Scottish agriculture, by increasing profitability and boosting in
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    • 23/02/2017 - Latest SPICe Briefing: Agriculture and Brexit in Ten Charts
      This briefing explores 10 issues related to agriculture and Brexit. These include the importance of the Common Agricultural Policy and its subsidies to Scottish farmers; the relationship between Scotland and the UK in terms of agricultural budgets and policy; WTO rules; the impacts of leaving the EU on imports and exports of
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    • 23/02/2017 - Culutre, Tourism, Europe & External Relations Committee Evidence Session on Brexit
      In the Scottish Parliament, the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee took evidence from the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP Minister of State for Trade and Investment, UK Government and from the Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, UK Government. David Mundell ruled out devolving immigration for
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    • 23/02/2017 - House of Commons, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee 2nd Evidence Session
      In the House of Commons, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee held its second evidence session on feeding the nation: labour constraints. Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President, Country Land and Business Association gave oral evidence. More information can be found here...
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    • 23/02/2017 - EU Energy & Environment Sub-Committee - Brexit Agriculture Inquiry
      In the House of Lords, the EU Energy & Environment sub-committee continued its Brexit agriculture inquiry with an oral evidence session attended by Professor Ian Hodge (University of Cambridge), Tom Lancaster (RSPB) and Richard Hebditch (National Trust). The session looked at implications of Brexit for public goods and agricu
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    • 23/02/2017 - Major boost for Scotland's red squirrels thanks to National Lottery funding
      The Scottish Wildlife Trust has been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Developing Community Action project. Over the next five years the project will enlist volunteers from communities in three key regions to carry out practical work to pro
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    • 23/02/2017 - UK Squirrel Accord Reception – Advancements made in securing fertility control for grey squirrels
      At the start of this week Scottish Land & Estates attended a reception at Clarence House. Hosted by the Red Squirrel Trust (RSST), the reception was held in support of the work of the UK Squirrel Accord and was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales – Patron of RSST. The reception celebrated the announcement made by Lord G
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    • 23/02/2017 - European Squirrel Initiative - Enhancing partnership working
      Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates were invited with FCS, SNH, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels and Confor to attend a meeting with the European Squirrel Initiative to discuss developments made in the control of grey squirrels and discuss ways in which we can better enhance the partnership work we are undertaking to s
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    • 23/02/2017 - Scottish Environment Week - Environmental Futures
      Scottish Environment week is organised by Scottish Environment Link, and featured a series of events designed to highlight efforts to tackle climate change. On Wednesday an Environmental Futures evening reception, sponsored by Graeme Day MSP was hosted at Scottish Parliament. The reception is part of Scottish Environment
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    • 23/02/2017 - CREW report on the impact on soil structure of flooding and water quality
      Water environment research body, CREW, has published a report which provides a broad assessment of the state of soil structure and drainage on commercial farms in four selected catchments during autumn/winter 2015/2016.  The study found severe soil structural degradation in 18% of topsoils and 9% of subsoils for 120 fields i
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    • 23/02/2017 - More cash for strategic timber transport schemes
      Following industry lobbying, the Cabinet Secretary has announced a major boost to the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme for 2017/18 of £7.05m.  See http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/news-releases/1711-5m-boost-for-timber-transport-funding Welcoming this, Stuart Goodall of ConFor says: “This additional funding is fantast
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    • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on business rates announcement
      The announcement of new support for businesses in light of non-domestic rate revaluations has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. Katy Dickson, Senior Policy Officer, said: “Scottish Land and Estates has been alarmed at the significant rates increases and the impact the revaluations will have on rural businesses,
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    • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 February 2017
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 February 2017.  
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    • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 20/02/2017 - LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps (UK / Europe)
      The European Commission has issued a joint call for proposals under its Environmental Programme (LIFE) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). A total of €3.3 million is available to support the deployment of European Solidarity Corps that contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide
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    • 20/02/2017 - The Community Trees Fund 2017 (UK)
      The Tree Council has funds available to assist community groups proposing to undertake tree planting projects during National Tree Week (25th November - 3rd December 2017) or as soon as possible afterwards. The Community Trees Fund is open to projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700. The Tr
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    • 20/02/2017 - National Marine Aquarium – Grants Programme (UK)
      The next closing date for the National Marine Aquarium Grants Programme is the 21st April 2017. The National Marine Aquarium awards grants for projects that seek to drive marine conservation through engagement. These projects may be science-based but could equally be based around arts or drama - indeed, the more innovativ
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    • 20/02/2017 - British Ecological Society Outreach Grants (UK)
      The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme re-opened for applications on the 16th January 2017 with a deadline to apply on the 22nd March 2017. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants
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    • 20/02/2017 - Aspiring Communities Fund Opens for Applications (Scotland)
      The Aspiring Communities Fund has re-opened for applications. The fund is part of the £29 million of funding available under the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and will support projects that promote innovative community-led initiatives. A total of £18.9 million is available. The Fund will help community groups and third se
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    • 20/02/2017 - Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK)
      Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants program
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    • 20/02/2017 - Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme (UK)
      Registered charities that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000. The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer
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    • 20/02/2017 - Micro business needs
      Scottish Rural Action is seeking responses to the question “what are the needs of rural micro businesses in Scotland?”. If you have any good or bad experiences of business support they would like to hear from you. You can respond by emailing emma@scottishruralparliament.org.uk to inform the Scottish Government’s Ent
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    • 20/02/2017 - CNPA Developer Forum & Delivery Group
      Scottish Land & Estates was present for the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) Developer Forum and Delivery Group meetings this week. At the Developer Forum discussions centred around the delivery of housing within the park and the need to recognise demand for mid-market housing rather than just affordable housing. The
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    • 20/02/2017 - Support for biomass CHP consultation
      In August 2016 the UK government amended the terms of support for biomass-CHP under the RHI to introduce a power efficiency requirement of 20%. From then on, new plant with a power efficiency of less than 20% would receive a scaled back level of support. A proportion of eligible heat use would be supported under the biomass-C
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    • 20/02/2017 - STA survey on non-domestic rates
      The Scottish Tourism Alliance issued a call for evidence, asking people within the tourism sector to respond to share their stories about the non-domestic rates revaluation. The organisation is concerned that some 2,500 organisations will be significantly affected by the rates revaluation and  asked those with concerns to co
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    • 17/02/2017 - European Landowners’ meet to discuss future farm support
      Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), Anne Gray has been in Brussels this week discussing, with other European Landowners’ representatives, the future of agricultural funding support.  It is not just in the UK that support for farmers and the countryside in being rethought.  The CAP is likely to see change c
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    • 16/02/2017 - Assessing impacts on Wild Land Areas Technical Guidance – Consultation
      Scottish Natural Heritage is seeking views on draft guidance for the protection of Wild Lands Areas (WLAs), the consultation can be viewed here. The new draft guidance sets out a methodology and general principles for assessing the impact of development proposals on WLAs as identified on the 2014 SNH WLA map. A descriptio
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    • 14/02/2017 - Thousands Of Prime Lambs Needed To Meet M&S Scotch Lamb Commitment
      Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd is actively seeking to source thousands of additional prime lambs between now and June, thanks to the commitment of Marks & Spencer to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year. The demand has created a new market outlet for 10-12,000 prime animals, to be sourced exclusively from M&S S
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    • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 February 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 February 2017.
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    • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Latest Press & Journal Column Article
      When Brexit, subsidy payments and dairy prices are dominating the headlines, the effect of planning policy on farming businesses is unlikely to grab widespread attention. Yet, with businesses having to cope with frequent changes to farming regulation – not to mention diversification opportunities to enhance the business
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    • 10/02/2017 - This Farming Life Series II
      The BBC is currently working on casting for the second series of the BBC2 documentary series, This Farming Life http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b073h497. Following the success of the last series (over 1m viewers), they are looking to find farmers living in beautiful and remote parts of Scotland willing to share their ever
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    • 10/02/2017 - Renewable schemes affected by rates revaluation
      Scottish Land & Estates is aware that some small-scale renewable schemes are facing a large increase in their non-domestic rates revaluation. Scottish Renewables and others have written to Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution calling for the Scottish Government to extend its renewable energy rates
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    • 09/02/2017 - EAS & SEEP engagement seminar
      Scottish Land and Estates was present at this seminar and contributed to topics surrounding the implementation of SEEP.  The Scottish Government was also at the seminar in order to gather views. Topics covered included; an integrated approach to delivery of energy efficiency, innovation and incentives for buildings to enable
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    • 08/02/2017 - Amnesty on Tenant’s Improvements
      Ahead of commencement of the amnesty on tenant’s improvements, the Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin, has released guidance on preparing for the amnesty.  The guidance is available here - http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00513800.pdf
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    • 08/02/2017 - Star in Cbeebies!
      The BBC is looking for locations to film Cbeebies programme ‘Down on the Farm’. They are open to ideas but are keen to have a good story such as renewable energy production. If anyone is interested please contact Megan MacLellan at megan.maclellan@bbc.co.uk.
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    • 08/02/2017 - Local Environmental Quality Awards 2017
      Keep Scotland Beautiful are looking for entries for their Local Environmental Quality Awards.    Entries close on Friday, 17 February and the awards will be made at a lunch on 15 March. The annual awards celebrate success across Keep Scotland Beautiful’s LEQ Network which aims to improve the cleanliness and quality of
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    • 08/02/2017 - Argyll and Bute Council - Local Housing Strategy 2016/17 to 2021/22
      The purpose of the Argyll & But Local Housing Stratetgy 2016/17-2021/22 (LHS) is to set out the key housing issues and priorities in Argyll & Bute across all areas and tenures, and to identify how the Council and its partners will address these issues over the next five years. The LHS is a key strategic document for the Counc
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    • 08/02/2017 - Crofting Workshop
      Scottish Land & Estate members, including two former Chairs of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group, headed to the beautiful village of Kishorn in Wester Ross on Friday 3 February to attend a workshop on the development of a new Crofting Bill for Scotland. Crofting Estate Landowner Mark Pattinson and his wife Gillian ru
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    • 08/02/2017 - Partnership can help government meet peatland restoration targets
      Peatland restoration targets to tackle climate change can be met through partnership with estates and business, Scottish Land & Estates has said. Speaking following evidence provided to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the Draft Climate Change Plan, Anne Gray from the or
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    • 08/02/2017 - Public contracts for food and drink sector
      More Scottish food and drink could be served in schools, hospitals and other public buildings, under plans to boost the economy by making public-sector catering contracts more accessible to businesses in Scotland. Scottish companies in the food and drink sector currently service around 48% of public contracts, which are w
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    • 06/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 February 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 February 2017
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    • 06/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 January - 03 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 January - 03 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 03/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates react to Wild Fisheries announcement
      The modernisation of wild fisheries management will still require substantial effort and collaboration from a range of stakeholders, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation has said that whilst it welcomed clarification on a number of issues, including the decision not to overhaul the structure and remit of Dis
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    • 03/02/2017 - Keeper Induced Registration
      In the initial phase of Keeper Induced Registration (KIR) (which allows Registers of Scotland (RoS) to move titles from the General Register of Sasines onto the Land Register without an application from the owner), RoS limited its use of KIR to selected private properties within some research areas in the registration countie
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    • 03/02/2017 - Lantra Scotland reveals short-list for Learner of the Year Awards 2017
      19 talented trainees and apprentices  have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which take place on Thursday 2rd March at theDoubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and en
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    • 03/02/2017 - Funding for rural businesses
      Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing launched the latest round of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) today and revealed that rural businesses will have until March 31 to apply for the funding.    The funding will help to: Protect vulnerable and iconic species and habitats Reduce greenhouse gas
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    • 03/02/2017 - Farming Scotland Conference
      Thursday saw this year's Farming Scotland conference take place at Carnoustie.  Entitled a "World of Opportunities", the event looked at future markets, using the example of potatoes, agriculture post-Brexit, diversification with Arbikie Farm Distillery, and education.    The well attended event boasted four excellent
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    • 03/02/2017 - Livestock Worrying Campaign Support
      Police Scotland and members of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, including Scottish Land & Estates, is running a livestock worrying campaign beginning next week (Monday 13th). We will be releasing a joint press release as well as publicising relevant Helping it Happen Stories and using Twitter and Facebook to rais
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    • 03/02/2017 - Tourism Cross Party
      The tourism cross party group met on Wednesday evening and welcomed Ian Milton to present an update on the 2017 non-domestic rates revaluation in relation to the tourism industry. The evening resulted in heated debate about the impact the revaluation would have on tourism businesses such as accommodation providers and licence
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    • 03/02/2017 - ECAF Scheme Temporarily Withdrawn
      A decision has been taken to temporarily suspend the Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) following robust audit checks that highlighted the scheme as currently designed could present a significant audit risk.  Scottish Ministers have been advised of the issues and have now taken the decision that the current r
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    • 03/02/2017 - Tree Health action discussed on Mull
      An outbreak of phytophthora ramorum on Mull prompted a meeting between landowners and Forestry Commission Scotland on the island on Tuesday.  Senior Policy Officer, Land Use and Environment, Anne Gray attended the meeting along with five Scottish Land & Estates' members based on the island.  The meeting helped clarify
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    • 03/02/2017 - Wild Fisheries – Protecting the Rights of Anglers
      A news release relating to Wild Fisheries Reform has just been issued by Scottish Government. Proposals to introduce rod licences and a new wild fisheries levy will no longer be taken forward. In addition proposals to overhaul the restructure and remit of District Salmon Fishery Boards will not go-ahead, instead Scottish
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    • 02/02/2017 - Brexit White Paper
      The UK Government has published a White Paper on ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ This White Paper sets out the Prime Minister’s vision of an independent, global UK and the future relationship with the EU. It builds on the 12 principles set out in a speech on January 201
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    • 02/02/2017 - ECCLR Committee - Considers petition on European beavers in Scotland
      On the 31st January the ECCLR committee briefly discussed a petition which had previously been lodged urging Scottish Government to make a decision on the legal status of the European beavers in Scotland. Following the decision made towards the end of last year to allow beavers to remain in Scotland, the committee took the de
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    • 02/02/2017 - Making Tax Digital
      A summary of feedback received from the consultation on “Making Tax Digital”, the government’s decisions and HMRC’s next steps have been published in six response documents on GOV.UK.  There is also a short overview which draws out the key conclusions from each of the consultations.  Some concessions so far, inc
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    • 02/02/2017 - Consultation on unconventional oil and gas launched
      The Scottish Government is inviting views from the public on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. This includes hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and coal bed methane extraction. The consultation Talking “fracking” will run until 31 May 2017 and can be viewed on the Scottish Government’s consul
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    • 02/02/2017 - History & heritage sparks tourism rise
      Scotland is capitalising on the booming demand from international tourists who wish to explore the country’s history and heritage, Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has revealed. Edinburgh-based Mercat Tours reported record turnover and footfall in 2016 with a 35% increase in history walking tours of the capital in December, c
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    • 02/02/2017 - Non-domestic rates
      The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has requested an “urgent meeting” with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet Secretaries to discuss “crippling” non-domestic rates increases. Mark Crothall, Chief Executive of STA has written to Ms Sturgeon voicing the organisations concerns over what he cites as up to and
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    • 02/02/2017 - FSB report highlights importance of ‘greatest possible’ access to single market
      After six months of in-depth research on the business impact of leaving the EU, FSB has released a preview report looking at what small firms want from Brexit. The snapshot underlines the importance of Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to secure the greatest possible access to the EU single market. It also provides insigh
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    • 02/02/2017 - CLA gives Brexit evidence to House of Lords
      On Wednesday this the week the CLA gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on the impacts of Brexit on agriculture. Mr Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President of Country Land and Business Association gave evidence alongside representatives from the Soil Association and the Tenant Farmers Associati
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    • 02/02/2017 - Extra Funding for Aberdeenshire Flooding Impacts
      The Scottish Government has allocated an additional £2.06M to Aberdeenshire Council to assist with the financial burden caused by Storm Frank flood damage last winter. The emergency funding through the Bellwin Scheme, will go towards meeting costs incurred through Storm Frank which caused devastation in the area in Decem
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    • 02/02/2017 - Deadline approaches for Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grants
      A Scottish Government scheme to provide support grant to suppliers and producers to contribute to the government’s overall vision for food and drink in Scotland is open to applications until 5 March 2017. Through the scheme, you can apply for: start-up grants for a new business; or development grants for an existing busines
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    • 02/02/2017 - NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates react to minimum agricultural wage increase
      NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates have issued a joint statement on the minimum agricultural wages and employment terms set by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. A single minimum hourly rate of £7.50 for all agricultural workers will apply from April 1st, irrespective of age and duties. This is in line with the N
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    • 02/02/2017 - NFU SCOTLAND & SCOTTISH LAND & ESTATES REACT TO MINIMUM AGRICULTURAL WAGE INCREASE
      NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates have issued a joint statement on the minimum agricultural wages and employment terms set by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. A single minimum hourly rate of £7.50 for all agricultural workers will apply from April 1st, irrespective of age and duties. This is in line with the N
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    • 01/02/2017 - Fox hunting laws
        The operation and enforcement of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 is to be strengthened, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.    In response to a review by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy, the Scottish Government will invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of p
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    • 30/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 January 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 January 2017.
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    • 30/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23 - 27 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23 - 27 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 26/01/2017 - Planning debate
      The Scottish Government, today, held a debate on ‘Improving Scotland’s Planning: Improving Scotland’s Places” in relation the ongoing consultation.  The motion and the debate recognised the need for change within the planning system to ensure that unnecessary procedures and practices should be removed. Some MSPs voic
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    • 26/01/2017 - Brexit Supreme Court ruling
      The Supreme Court has ruled by majority that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, rather than the government using prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This means that legislation must be passed prior to triggering Article 50. At present, Labour has signall
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    • 26/01/2017 - Historic Environment Scotland seeks views on Asset Transfer
      Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has recently published an interim policy on how it will facilitate Asset Transfer under The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and would like to hear your views. HES will be seeking views on the interim policy and guidance over an eight-week long public consultation, which opens on M
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    • 26/01/2017 - Assurance sought from UK Government on renewables
      Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, has called on the UK Government to ensure the renewable energy investment is a key priority in their forthcoming Industrial Strategy. Renewable energy resources have grown to become a major industrial sector in Scotland, with 14,000 people, among a total of 43,500
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    • 26/01/2017 - Fergus Ewing MSP on CAP funds
      This week Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, gave evidence to the Rural Economy Committee on 25 January on the CAP Futures Project (IT system and 2015, 2016 CAP payments).  Mr Ewing reiterated delivery of payments and a fit for purpose IT system remained a key priority for him.  In delivering on that
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    • 26/01/2017 - Energy consultations
      The following consultations relating to energy have also been released this week: Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating consultation – comments should be directed to Gavin no later than due 11 April 2017. National Infrastructure Priority for Energy Efficiency – SEEP consultation
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    • 26/01/2017 - Scotland’s Draft Energy Strategy
      The Scottish Government, has this week, published its Draft Energy Strategy for consultation. A new target to deliver the equivalent of 50% of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 is part of Scotland’s first energy strategy. The consultation explores c
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    • 26/01/2017 - Tourism and Brexit latest
      Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said Scotland’s ability to establish creative partnerships, access EU funding and attract EU nationals to work in our tourism industry would be curtailed if membership of the EU Single Market and free movement of people is threatened. Ms Hyslop’s comments ca
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    • 26/01/2017 - Assurance sought from UK Government on renewables
      Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, has called on the UK Government to ensure the renewable energy investment is a key priority in their forthcoming Industrial Strategy. Renewable energy resources have grown to become a major industrial sector in Scotland, with 14,000 people, among a total of 43,500
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    • 26/01/2017 - Application deadline approaches for Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund
      The deadline for applications to the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) is Thursday 2 February 2017. KTIF is designed to support projects that increase farmers’ skills and knowledge by delivering training, coaching, courses and farm visits, and by supporting on-the-ground improvements in competitiveness, efficien
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    • 26/01/2017 - Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Request for Grey Squirrel Control Records
      Estates involved with the control of grey squirrels for the SSRS project under the SRDP scheme are being asked to submit all 2016 trapping records to their local Forestry Commission office by the end of January in order to ensure payment under the scheme is made on time.  In addition the project is asking for a copy of t
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    • 26/01/2017 - IUCN UK Peatland Programme – UK Peatland Strategy consultation
      The IUCN UK Peatland Programme has produced a draft UK wide Strategy document which it has been seeking feedback on.    The document - here... is not a government endorsed strategy but nevertheless if it is balanced and properly reflects the latest science and research, it has the potential to support resources and ca
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    • 26/01/2017 - Phytophthora outbreak on Mull
      The Forestry Commission Scotland is to hold a special meeting on Mull on 31 January to discuss and find a way forward in relation to an outbreak of phytophthora ramorum in the south east of the island.  This outbreak is proving particularly challenging as the fungal infection is affecting rhododendron as well as larch, r
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    • 26/01/2017 - Parliamentary debate on Future Forestry arrangements
      As previously reported, the Scottish Government consulted on its plans to complete the devolution of Forestry administration and regulation in Scotland in the Autumn of last year.  This week the issue was debated in Parliament. The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, spoke to a Scottish Chamber de
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    • 26/01/2017 - National Access Forum
      The National Access Forum (NAF) met on the 25th January. At the meeting Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland presented a joint paper on the subject of Enduro mountain biking and the construction of wild trails without land managers permission or consent. Full papers and minutes of the meeting can be fo
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    • 26/01/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Deer Management in Scotland
      On Tuesday the ECCLR committee held a further public evidence session with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). In attendance were Andrew Bachell, Director of Policy and Advice, Donald Fraser, Operations Manager (Deer and Wildlife), Claudia Rowse, Head of Rural Resources Unit, and Des Thompson, Principal Advisor for Biodiversity,
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    • 24/01/2017 - Land” named as one of rural Scotland’s top issues
      The theme of ‘Land’ was voted one of the top issues facing rural Scotland at the Scottish Rural Parliament last year. The Manifesto for rural Scotland, finalisedat the Rural Parliament following contributions from over 1,500 people, calls for “rural communities, our government and other interested and decision making p
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    • 23/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 January 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 January 2017.
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    • 23/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16 - 20 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16 - 20 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 20/01/2017 - Scottish Parliament debate on the future of Rural Funding
      Yesterday afternoon saw the Scottish Parliament debate the future of rural funding in a post-EU Scotland.  Many contributors reiterated our own thinking that there is an inevitability around future funding being focused on delivery of environmental objectives.  The debate though to a large extent focussed on devolution and
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    • 19/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on climate change plan
      Land-based businesses in Scotland have welcomed new government plans to tackle climate change. Following publication of the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan, Scottish Land & Estates said its members were ready to play their part reducing carbon emissions whilst facilitating peatland restoration and the cr
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    • 19/01/2017 - Agritourism / food tourism sector in Scotland
      Following on from the publication of the report into a Strategy for Agritourism in Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates attended an initial meeting to identify an action plan for promoting agritourism within the Food Tourism strategy.  The definition of agritourism that the group is working to is – A tourism or leisure offeri
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    • 19/01/2017 - VisitScotland parliamentary reception
      VisitScotland held a parliamentary reception at Holyrood this week at which the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP addressed guests on the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017. The well-attended event also included stalls from the National Trust for Scotland, Dig It! 2017,
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    • 19/01/2017 - Parliament wants to retain the HIE board
      MSPs have voted to demand the Scottish Government allow Highlands and Islands Enterprise to retain its own board. The government wants a new management body to oversee all of Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies. Opposition members say this move would be a “death knell for HIE as we know it”, and backed Conservativ
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    • 19/01/2017 - Tourist spend soars
      Spending by North American visitors leapt to £633 million in the twelve months to the end of September 2016, a 28% increase on the previous year, according to figures published today. This represents the highest 12-month rolling period expenditure figure on record. Visitor numbers from the region also rose sharply, with a 14
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    • 19/01/2017 - Wild Fisheries – Changes to the Representation of Fisheries Management in Scotland
      Following the Annual General Meetings of the Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB) and Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) in November, the below key changes were agreed and adopted. A single organisation will represent the interests of the network of district salmon fishery boards (DSFBs) and fisher
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    • 19/01/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Deer Management in Scotland
      On Tuesday the ECCLR committee held a public evidence session with a panel of academics to discuss the recently published Deer Management in Scotland – SNH Report to Scottish Government.  In attendance were Professor Steve Albon, Emeritus Fellow, James Hutton Institute; Dr Duncan Halley, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for
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    • 19/01/2017 - Ratepayers Forum
      At the beginning of the week Scottish Land & Estates attended the Scottish Ratepayer’s Forum – a forum led by the Scottish Assessor’s Association aimed at representatives of ratepayers. The assessor’s complimented Scottish Land and Estates on their exemplary work to ensure those liable for the new sporting rates were
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    • 19/01/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Action – Cat Owner Survey
      In Partnership with the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Wildcat Action launched a Cat Owner Survey. If you own a pet or farm cat, you could help Scottish Wildcat Action protect our native species of cat, the Scottish wildcat, by answering a few questions. The questionnaire is open to any cat owner in Scotland. All compl
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    • 19/01/2017 - Unfinished Business – More National Parks for Scotland
      On Wednesday a reception arranged by the Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) was held at Scottish Parliament. The reception was aimed at raising the profile of the campaign with MSPs, NGOS and others. Speakers from Scotland and Europe celebrated the achievements of Scotland’s two National Parks and an ambition by SC
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    • 17/01/2017 - Prime Ministerial Brexit Statement
      This week saw Theresa May set out more detail of what the UK government will be seeking in Brexit negotiations. In her speech she set out 12 principles or objectives, which are: 1. Certainty; 2. Control of our own laws; 3. Strengthen the Union; 4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland; 5. Control of immigration
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    • 16/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 January 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 January 2017.
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    • 16/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 09 - 13 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 09 - 13 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 13/01/2017 - Farming and Planning Discussions Held
      On Wednesday, our Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs and a number of members attended a Cabinet summit looking at agriculture and planning. The event was jointly hosted by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, and Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing. Issues includin
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    • 12/01/2017 - Wildlife Crime in Scotland - Annual Report 2015
      On Tuesday this week the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee held a public evidence session with Police Scotland and representatives from RSPB, Scottish Badgers, Bat Conservation Trust and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association on the recently published fourth annual wildlife crime report. Scottish Land & Esta
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    • 12/01/2017 - Consultation on First Tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber
      The Scottish Government has published a consultation regarding the procedures of the new housing first tier tribunal. The Private Rented Housing Panel and Homeowner Housing Panel have already transferred to the tribunal and housing cases currently heard in the Sheriff Court will transfer in December 2017. Scottish Land & Esta
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    • 12/01/2017 - Increase in tourism employment
      Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that, between 2014 and 20015, the number of people employed in Scottish tourism sector grew by 11 per cent. The 217,000 employees of the Scottish tourism industry represent 9 per cent of the country’s total employment and is the highest tourism level since Business
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    • 12/01/2017 - Consultation on the future of the Scottish planning system
      The Scottish Government has published its consultation on the future of the planning system, which you can find here. Scottish Land & Estates will be responding to this consultation and we would be grateful if you could direct any comments you would like us to include by emailing Gavin on gavin.mowat@scottishlandandestates.co
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    • 12/01/2017 - Scottish Renewables Reception
      In advance of this years' launch of the Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy, Scottish Land & Estates attended a parliamentary reception held by Scottish Renewables.  2016 was another record year for renewable energy in Scotland, with renewables now generating the equivalent of well over half of Scot
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    • 12/01/2017 - FSB reports lack of confidence in small businesses
          Federation of Small Businesses Small Business Confidence Index shows that contrary to the UK picture, a significant majority of Scottish smaller businesses expect conditions to worsen. 55% of the Scottish respondents felt the state of the domestic economy was the biggest barrier to economic growth. Problems recr
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    • 09/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 09 January 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 09 January 2017.
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    • 05/01/2017 - Consultation for shaping the Crown Estate in Scotland
      A 12-week consultation on the long-term framework for the devolved management of the Crown Estate in Scotland was announced this week. The Crown Estate in Scotland includes a diverse portfolio of property, rights and interests that influence many aspects of rural and coastal life in Scotland. The devolution of the management
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    • 05/01/2017 - Scotland exceeds renewable energy target
      Renewable sources delivered the equivalent of 59.4 per cent of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2015 – up from 49.9 per cent in 2014. This means that the 2015 50 per cent renewable electricity target has been met and exceeded. Renewable sources of electricity generation in 2015 were up 14 per cent on 2014 a
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    • 05/01/2017 - Community planning legislation comes into force
      A new law which requires local public services to involve communities in their work has come into force. Part two of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 places new expectations on public services to work together with local communities to make a positive difference on the issues that matter most in local areas.
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    • 04/01/2017 - Professional Standards and the Conduct of Agents - A Brief Guide for Landlords and Tenants
        The Scottish Government’s Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming has published a new document entitled “Professional Standards and the Conduct of Agents – A Brief Guide for Landlords and Tenants”.   The purpose of this brief guide is to help landlords and tenants to understand what standards of conduct
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    • 04/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 04 January 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 04 January 2017.
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    • 04/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 19 - 23 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 19 - 23 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 04/01/2017 - Current consultations - 04 January 2017
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 22/12/2016 - Wildlife Estates Scotland – looking forward to 2017
      Accreditation grows steadily as the scheme looks forward to the New Year. As 2016 draws to a close, the number of properties accredited under the Wildlife Estates Scotland scheme is approaching 50. We have several farms and estates currently under assessment at present and therefore expect to add more to the total in the
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    • 22/12/2016 - Tenant Farming Commissioner – Transitional Arrangements to 1st April 2017
      The Scottish Land Commission has published a new briefing note to clarify the transitional arrangements that will apply up to 1st April 2017 to maintain effective support for good landlord/tenant relations through this period.
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    • 22/12/2016 - Media Coverage of country sports tourism
      Public interest in country sports was shown in the press and radio coverage of the announcement of plans to increase country sports tourism by £30 million in the next three years with the support of Visit Scotland.  This included a half hour phone-in on BBC Radio Scotland about female participation in country sports.
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    • 21/12/2016 - Agricultural Holdings
      The first tranche of provisions under Part 10 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 are in force this month, including the widened categories of persons eligible for assignation and succession under 1991 Act tenancies which apply from 23rd December 2016.  Please see our briefing note for further details about the Act.
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    • 21/12/2016 - Some Draft Non-Domestic Revaluations Now Available
      Draft Revaluation 2017 rateable values are now available to view here on the Assessors’ Portal along with Practice Notes which set out how the subjects are valued. Shootings and Deer Forests are to be entered in the Valuation Roll with effect from the 1st April 2017 but the draft Valuation Roll does not list entries for the
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    • 21/12/2016 - Cairngorms National Park – Call for Sites and Ideas
      The Cairngorms National Park Authority is reviewing the National Park Local Development Plan with a view to having a new plan in place for 2020. The plan will set of the Authority’s policies and proposals to guide development between 2020 and 2015. As part of the initial stage of this process the CNP Authority has lau
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    • 21/12/2016 - Consultation open for UK Peatland Strategy and other updates from the IUCN UK Peatland Programme
      The International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme has been working with Government, NGOs and academia to develop a UK Peatland Strategy. Now in draft form, this strategy has been split into two parts: a) background, which summarises the current situation and b) the strategy, which provides a collect
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    • 21/12/2016 - Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2017-2022 – Consultation Report published
      Following the recent Big 9 consultation for the Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan 2017-2022, the Cairngorms National Park Authority has published a Consultation Report summarising all of the comments received. These comments will be used to inform the final version of the Partnership Plan, which is expected to be subm
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    • 21/12/2016 - Air weapons licence deadline
      New legislation to make it a criminal offence to own an unlicensed air weapon comes into force from 31 December 2016.  Failure to license a weapon could lead to fine or up to two years' imprisonment. Air weapons being held by people who have other firearms licences do not need to be declared until those licences are up f
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    • 21/12/2016 - Hutting Event
      In partnership with Scottish Land & Estates, Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Huts campaign will be looking to hold an event in the Spring to brief landowners interested in hosting a hut/several huts on their land. The Event will coincide with the launch of Reforesting Scotland’s Voluntary Code of Practice which will set o
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    • 21/12/2016 - GAME FOR GROWTH – PARLIAMENTARY RECEPTION
      The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and the Gift of Grouse campaign highlighted the tourist contribution of Scotland’s country sports at a reception hosted by Edward Mountain, MSP, at the Scottish Parliament last night (Tuesday 20 Dec). The audience included MSPs - including Maurice Golden, Peter Chap
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    • 19/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 December 2016.
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    • 19/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 12 - 16 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 12 - 16 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 19/12/2016 - Free offer to help landowners identify opportunities for farm woodland
      The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) are offering a limited number of free Farm Woodland Assessments to landowners to help farms and estates identify opportunities for new and existing woodland to support their farm businesses.  On participating farms, this assessment will consider options for managing existing wood
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    • 16/12/2016 - Members’ Debate on renewable energy’s contribution to climate change targets
      On Wednesday a members’ debate, secured by Maree Todd MSP, took place in the Scottish Parliament on “The Energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030”.  It highlighted the need for Scotland to maximise the economic benefits from renewable energy generation as well as highlighting the bene
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    • 16/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates meet with Minister for Brexit
      Chairman, David Johnstone, accompanied by Anne Gray and Andrew Midgley from Headquarters met with Mike Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, on Thursday to discuss the implications of Brexit on members’ businesses.  The Minister outlined the process by which Scottish Government was
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    • 16/12/2016 - Brexit Update
      David Barnes updated the Group on the processes being put in place within Scottish Government and between Scottish Government and Westminster, and Brussels.   The main points to note are:- Scottish Government had Director of External Affairs already but that area now boosted since EU ref result. There is now a Cabin
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    • 16/12/2016 - Update on loans, payments and Brexit at CAP Stakeholders meeting
      At this week’s CAP Stakeholders meeting a range of topics were covered including updates on current BPS and SRDP payments, the loan scheme, the Scottish Government’s Brexit hub, Climate Change work and SRUC’s Rural Scotland in Focus report.   We have provided below a summary of the main points from the Payments and
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    • 16/12/2016 - Draft Budget 2017-18
      The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution Derek Mackay has set out his first draft budget for 2017/18. The budget includes a cut in the Business Rates Poundage by 3.7% and expanding the Small Business Bonus Scheme by raising the threshold for 100% relief to a rateable value of £15,000. ht
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    • 16/12/2016 - Consultation on the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement
      The Scottish Government has launched a consultation to gather views on the draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement. Scottish Land & Estates will be responding to this consultation. http://news.gov.scot/news/scotlands-land-1
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    • 16/12/2016 - Scottish Accommodation Occupancy Performance
      VisitScotland has published its annual occupancy performance report for 2015. The Scottish Accommodation Occupancy Survey is one of the most up-to-date and detailed sources of information for monitoring the performance of the tourism industry in Scotland. Highlights from the report show occupancy levels by sector:
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    • 15/12/2016 - Planning decision times published
      Latest quarterly statistics on planning applications decided in July to September 2016 show that the average decision time for local developments was faster than the equivalent quarter in the previous year, but that the average decision time for major development was slower. In quarter two (July to September) of 2016/17 t
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    • 15/12/2016 - BEIS response to RHI consultation
      The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published their response to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) consultation. Through its response BEIS intends to deliver a set of RHIs that focus on long-term decarbonisation, offers better value for money and protection to customers, and supports supply ch
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    • 15/12/2016 - Extreme weather and resilience of Scotland's rural industries
      Scottish Land & Estates was invited to attend a workshop on ‘Extreme weather and resilience of Scotland’s rural industries’ – a piece of research being undertaken by The James Hutton Institute on behalf of the Scottish Government. The research, being undertaken over the course of the next two years, will seek to infor
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    • 15/12/2016 - Scottish Rural Action elects board members
      On Friday 9 December, Scottish Rural Action held its Annual General Meeting at which the election of three new board members took place. Lee Haxton of Cairngorm National Park Authority has been elected along with Faith Harding and Dr Stephen Bird. The final version of the Scottish Rural Parliament’s Manifesto was also launc
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    • 15/12/2016 - Scotland’s seabirds showing signs of recovery
      Seabird numbers in Scotland continue to show encouraging signs according to new statistics published in a report today by Scottish Natural Heritage. Seabird numbers in Scotland have been falling since the early 1990s and by 2015 the number of seabirds breeding around our coasts was half of the 1986 level, when the UK Seabird
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    • 14/12/2016 - Mackinnon Forestry report published
      The much anticipated review of Scotland’s forest planting processes, being undertaken by Jim Mackinnon CBE, was published this week. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00511591.pdf The review was to explore how the current arrangements for planting could be improved. The review is part of a broader package of reforms
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    • 14/12/2016 - Current consultations - 14 December 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 14/12/2016 - ECCLR Committee - Deer Evidence Session
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates joined ADMG and others to give evidence to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the recently published report by SNH, reviewing deer management in Scotland.                                    During the evidence session, we reinforced our
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    • 13/12/2016 - Deer management report risks undermining cooperation within the sector
      Flawed analysis contained in a recent report on deer management risks damaging future collaboration in the sector, landowners have said. The comments were made following a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform committee, where Scottish Land & Estates provided evidence to MSPs.
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    • 12/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 December 2016.
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    • 12/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 12/12/2016 - Farming with nature: measuring success
      Are you planning on doing any agri-environmental management in 2017?  This could be part of an AECS scheme, a greening measure, or just a desire to do something different.  Want to know if your management make a difference?  We can help you find out!  We want to identify where agri-environmental management benefits bo
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    • 12/12/2016 - A CAREFUL BALANCE OF RISK AND RETURN’: WHAT DOES 2017 HOLD FOR THE UK REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MARKET?
      The unexpected political events of 2016 will lead to a rise in caution and risk aversion among real estate investors in 2017, making secure income streams more highly prized among core investors globally. This is expected to benefit the UK market, where high levels of transparency and stable legal structures make real estate
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    • 08/12/2016 - Consultation on raising planning fees
      The Scottish Government is consulting on raising planning fees for major applications. Scottish Land & Estates will be contributing to this consultation and would welcome any views from members on the issue. Please submit any thoughts you have that you feel should be included in our submission to Gavin on gavin.mowat@scottish
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    • 08/12/2016 - Outcome of 2016 review of General licences announced
      Scottish Land & Estates have broadly welcomed the conclusions of the Scottish Natural Heritage review of General Licences, in particular to simplify the Licence format, to include Greylag geese (July and August), and to look further at licensing solutions for raven damage. 
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    • 08/12/2016 - Holyrood Public Petitions Committee take evidence of shoot licensing
      Tim Baynes of the Scottish Moorland Group and Dr. Colin Shedden of BASC gave evidence on 8th December against a Petition calling for licensing of all types of game shooting.  Both were commended for putting the other side of the story and  it was agreed to refer  the Petition to the Environment Climate Change and Land Refo
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    • 08/12/2016 - National Species Reintroduction Forum
      This week Scottish Land & Estates attended the National Species Reintroduction Forum (NSRF) in Battleby. Dr Cat Barlow Project Manager for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project (SSGEP) gave a presentation on the project which just last week submitted its final stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. A brief u
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    • 08/12/2016 - Farmers told to get house in order while they have income certainty
      Scottish Land & Estates’ member Andersons Northern launched their Agricultural Outlook 2017 on Wednesday in the Borders. At the well attended event, farmers were warned that Brexit is the biggest challenge of modern times and they need to make sure they are on a firm footing before it happens.  Andersons Northern Direc
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    • 08/12/2016 - Scottish Government’s consultation on Controlling Interests in Land
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Controlling Interests in Land.  We advised that any regulations brought forward require to be clearly understood and proportionate and that any attempts to use these regulations for other purposes are resisted. You can read our full submissi
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    • 08/12/2016 - Update on tagging for Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES)
      Further to the update issued on 18 November the following information provides an update on the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) and the issuing of tissue tags. The genotyping selection has been made and animals selected for tagging are now available on the BES pages of customers’ ScotEID account. Tissue tags will be issued
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    • 07/12/2016 - The future of housing in Scotland
      This week, Scottish Land & Estates attended a Scottish Policy seminar on the future of housing in Scotland. Delivery, demand and the impact of policy were key issues under discussion. There was broad consensus that the Scottish Government’s aim of 50,000 new homes by the end of the Parliament was a welcome increase but that
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    • 07/12/2016 - Birds and Habitats Directive “fit”, but implementation to improve
      The European Commission debated earlier this week the next steps of the Fitness Check on the Birds and Habitats Directives. While agreeing they should not be opened up, they acknowledged that both Directives are central to Europe's nature conservation policy and as such, their implementation needs to be improved.  This d
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    • 07/12/2016 - Avian Influenza protection measures
      Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared in response to spread of H5N8 in Europe. The Scottish Government has declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requiring that all poultry and captive birds must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds. This precautionary step has been t
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    • 05/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 December 2016.
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    • 05/12/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 28 November - 02 December 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 28 November - 02 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 05/12/2016 - LANDOWNERS COMMITTED TO GREATER TRANSPARENCY
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based business across Scotland, today underlined its commitment to greater transparency in landownership. Responding to a Scottish Government consultation on controlling interests in land, Scottish Land & Estates said it ‘appreciates and supports’ the rationale for transp
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    • 02/12/2016 - Westminster seminar on Food and Nutrition in a post-Brexit world
      Anne Gray attended a meeting in London this week which explored issues arising from Brexit for the farming and food industry.  Trade agreements were once again highlighted as the over-riding factor which is needed to bring clarity and certainty to the sector.  The meeting heard from a number of contributors across the f
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    • 02/12/2016 - European Landowners' meeting grapples with rural support
      This week Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Enviornment, Anne Gray, attended the European Landowners’ Organisation General Assembly in Malta just ahead of Malta’s presidency of the Council of the EU.  On the agenda inevitably was the impact of Brexit on all EU countries, but also the evolution of the CAP (and for the UK
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    • 02/12/2016 - Championing Scotland’s food & drink
      A new £3 million scheme has been launched to help Scottish food and drink businesses to build upon the success of the sector by strengthening the local food and drink supply chain. Connect Local, Scotland’s local food and drink marketing advisory service, was launched publicly today [Wednesday 30 November] by Fergus Ewing
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    • 02/12/2016 - Community resilience knowledge exchange
      The James Hutton Institute and SRUC Rural Policy Centre are beginning a five-year research project funded by the Scottish Government to better understand the process of resilience and empowerment in rural communities. The research is one component of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2016 – 2021. Scot
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    • 02/12/2016 - Mental ill health in rural Scotland
      Scottish Land & Estates attended a seminar for the publication of a report by SRUC called, Challenges for those with mental ill health in rural Scotland. The document was published for Support in Mind Scotland, a charity for people affected by mental illness. Key findings include, depression is the most prevalent of the metal
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    • 02/12/2016 - Rural Scotland in Focus 2016 published
      The fourth edition of SRUC’s Rural Scotland in Focus was published this week, focusing on three main themes, namely; Changing Land Management; Scotland’s Rural Economies: looking beyond the land based sector; and Policies for Communities in Scotland: are they delivering national resilience outcomes? The first theme, C
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    • 02/12/2016 - Concerns raised over Brexit impact on tourism
      At a Scottish Government debate on the impact of Brexit to culture, creative industries and tourism concerns were raised about the affect leaving the EU could have on labour supply. Cabinet Secretary for Culture and Tourism, Fiona Hyslop MSP, said 21,000 tourism staff in Scotland were from the EU – equating to 17% of the se
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    • 02/12/2016 - East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan 2
      East Renfrewshire Council is consulting on its Main Issues Report (MIR) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as the first stage in preparing a new Local Development Plan (LDP) for the area. Your views are sought on any of the issues and options presented in the MIR and SEA. What you tell the council will help them
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    • 30/11/2016 - The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications
      A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD $12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants i
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    • 30/11/2016 - The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications
      A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD $12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants i
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    • 28/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 28 November 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 28 November 2016.
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    • 28/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 21 - 25 November 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 21 - 25 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 25/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates’ comment on annual wildlife crime report
      Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement on the annual wildlife crime report published today by the Scottish Government. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates said: “We welcome the publication of the fourth official wildlife crime report covering the year 2014/15, and we are please
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    • 25/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates publishes Q&A on assessment forms for valuation of land for sporting
      Scottish Land & Estates has issued guidance to farms, estates and land-based businesses following concerns raised about the completion of newly issued assessment forms pertaining to sporting rights. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said it had received a number of enquiries from me
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    • 25/11/2016 - Scottish cat owners could win prizes
      If you own a pet or farm cat, you could help Scottish Wildcat Action protect our native species of cat, the Scottish wildcat, by answering a few questions. Scottish Wildcat Action has launched a Cat Owner Survey in partnership with the University of Edinburgh. The questionnaire will be open to any cat owner in Scot
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    • 25/11/2016 - Autumn Statement
      The UK Government Autumn Statement took place on Wednesday.  Much of the Statement will not have direct effect in Scotland, but the National Living Wage is to rise from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 from April 2017.  This is the last Autumn Statement as there will be one Autumn Budget going ahead from 2017 with a Spring Statemen
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    • 25/11/2016 - Rural Economy Committee consider forestry budget
      Hearing evidence from the forest industry in terms of its scrutiny of the draft budget, the REC Committee this week considered the extent to which the forestry budget might meet Scotland’s Forestry ambitions.   It was clear from all those asked to represent the forestry sector at the evidence session, that they do not
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    • 25/11/2016 - PRHP duties transfer to Tribunal
      First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber (Procedure) Regulations come into force on the 1st December transferring the Private Rented Housing Panel’s duties to the new Tribunal system.  As a consequence the Tenant Information Pack has been altered and members are reminded to download the up to date vers
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    • 24/11/2016 - Latest update on SRDP Schemes
      The Scottish Government has provided updates on the 2016 and 2017 SRDP scheme application rounds. 2016 AECS and IPA Application Rounds The decisions on applications which have completed all stages of the 2016 assessment process are close to being finalised. All applicants should be notified of the outcome of their app
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    • 24/11/2016 - Landowners react to Scottish Government announcement on beavers
      Scottish Land & Estates has said the Scottish Government has taken a ‘pragmatic’ approach to the future of beavers on Tayside. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, announced today that beavers could stay on Tayside but only with active management, in line with
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    • 24/11/2016 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 21 November 2016
      Please see below Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing Monday 21st November 2016.
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    • 24/11/2016 - Feral Pigs in Alyth
      A number of feral pigs, which escaped from a nearby Perthshire estate, are living on Alyth Hill. Action is being taken to control and remove these animals.  On the 17th November Scottish Natural Heritage held a meeting at Alyth Town Hall to discuss the emerging issue. The aim of the meeting was to gain a better underst
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    • 24/11/2016 - SNH Review - Deer Management in Scotland
      Earlier this week SNH published their review into the effectiveness of deer management in Scotland in terms of delivering in the public interest. The report looks at the progress made in modernising the deer industry and whether this change will deliver a step change in mitigating environmental impacts associated (or perceive
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    • 24/11/2016 - Biomass District Heating and Heat Network Regulations seminar
      Scottish Land & Estates members have been briefed on the latest developments in Biomass District Heating and the Heat Network Regulations at a series of seminars. Topics covered include; scope and purpose of the Heat Metre Regulations, legal compliance, improving efficiencies and troubleshooting biomass heating schemes, Distr
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    • 24/11/2016 - Land Reform research request
      Scottish Land & Estates has been contacted by Harper Adams University student Theo Bennison, who is conducting his final year Honours Research Project on “What effect the incoming 'Community Right to Buy legislation within the Land Reform (Scotland) 2016 Act will have on the day to day and strategic management of estates?
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    • 24/11/2016 - Notification of occupancy to be implemented
      As of 1 January 2017, business property owners will be required to inform their licenced water or sewage provider of any change in occupancy to that property. Failure to do so will result in the owner becoming jointly and severally liable with the new occupier for relevant charges. The Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013
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    • 24/11/2016 - Agricultural Minimum Wage Views Sought
      The Scottish Government is seeking views on the proposals for the revised agricultural minimum wage and associated elements such as overtime, dog allowance and holidays. http://news.gov.scot/news/agricultural-minimum-wage-1
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    • 24/11/2016 - SGRPID remind farmers they MUST return loan offers
      SGRPID is to set a closing date of 14 December for the this year’s loan scheme to farmers awaiting basic payment scheme funds.  Unlike last year, farmers must return the offer in order to receive the interest-free loan.  The Rural Payments and Inspections Department are this week urging farmers to make sure they retur
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    • 24/11/2016 - Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan 2020: call for sites and ideas
      The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has begun preparing its next Local Development Plan (LDP) which will direct development within the Cairngorms National Park for the period 2020-2025 and into the longer term. CNPA are now looking for sites that can be considered for allocation as new development land within th
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    • 21/11/2016 - Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) - tissue tags
        The Government put out a statement this week to those in the Beef Efficiency Scheme about delays in issuing tissue tags.   Beef producers who have signed up to the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) are required to use tissue tags to enable genetic analysis to be undertaken. There has been a delay in issuing the tags an
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    • 18/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on deer management review
      Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement following the publication of Scottish Natural Heritage’s review of Deer Management in Scotland. Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are surprised and disappointed with many of the conclusions of the r
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    • 18/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates input on Code of Practice draft for non-domestic water industry
      Following on from round table discussions, Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a written contribution to the drafting of a Code of Practice for the non-domestic water industry. The Code aims to set out measures that best protect consumers against poor practice. There are also a series of ongoing working groups on the Code w
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    • 18/11/2016 - Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Cross Party Group
      Scottish Land & Estates attended the latest meeting of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Cross Party Group. The subject of the meeting was ‘Energy Efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority’. It was acknowledged that attractive finance would be necessary for the private sector to achieve universal energy effic
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    • 18/11/2016 - Call for evidence
      The UK Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published a call for evidence on fuelled and geothermal technologies in the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. This will enable the government to better understand how these technologies work in the context of CfD and establish whether any
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    • 18/11/2016 - Scottish Outdoor Access Network (SOAN) celebrates 21 years
      An event was held at Battleby, Perth to celebrate 21 years of SOAN. To mark this coming of age a networking event was organised earlier this week. Attended by over 40 people, the day covered the impact of recent changes to the legislative framework around core paths plan reviews. The event also picked up on earlier SOAN d
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    • 17/11/2016 - Moorland Group statement on mountain hare protest
      Mountain hare numbers are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner by estates, the Scottish Moorland Group has said. The organisation, which represents moorland estates across Scotland, issued the following statement following a protest outside Holyrood over hare culls. Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moor
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    • 17/11/2016 - Media briefing on limited partnership 'eviction' cases
        Scottish Land & Estates has today issued the following statement in view of ongoing publicity and activism referring to the so-called ‘eviction’ of farmers as a consequence of flawed legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament more than a decade ago.   Statements have been made suggesting that tenant far
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    • 16/11/2016 - Farmers' Averaging
      In the 2015 Budget it was announced that from 6 April 2016, the existing two-year averaging provisions for farmers would be extended to five years.  After a consultation period, the new rules came into force with the passing of the Finance Act 2016 on 15 September 2016. Averaging extends only to unincorporated far
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    • 15/11/2016 - Industry bodies launch guidance on selling a company owning tenanted land subject to a pre-emptive right to buy
      Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance to help in situations where a company is to be sold that owns tenanted land subject to a pre-emptive right to buy (PRTB). The move follows the issuing of other joint guidance by the NFUS, SLE and STFA in r
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    • 14/11/2016 - Expertise in forestry must be maintained and strengthened under new governance structures
      Changes to forestry governance in Scotland should not dilute expertise within the sector, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses across Scotland, has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of forestry in Scotland. S
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    • 14/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 November 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 November 2016.  
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    • 14/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07 - 11 November 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07 - 11 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 11/11/2016 - Tweed Valley landowners asked for their views on proposed pine marten reinforcement project
      Landowners and land managers have been asked for their views on proposals to increase pine marten populations around the Tweed Valley in order to address grey squirrel numbers in the area. At a meeting held at Torwoodlee & Buckholm Estates, Galashiels, Professor Xavier Lambin of the University of Aberdeen outlined proposa
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    • 11/11/2016 - Current consultations - 11 November 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 11/11/2016 - Letter from Tim Baynes, Director of Scottish Moorland Group, to the Times regarding Golden Eagle numbers
      Dear Sir,   Landowners across Scotland are celebrating the increase in golden eagles and it is misleading to attribute this rise only to stronger laws against wildlife crime.  (Eagles soar after tougher sanctions, The Times, 10 November).   Upland estates have been quietly looking after their eagles for man
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    • 11/11/2016 - Scottish Wildcat Action Forum Meeting
        The second Wildcat Forum was held on the 9th November and was attended by c. 60 people from partner organisations and those with a keen interest in wildcat conservation. The forum sought to provide an update on progress made.   The day consisted of a number of short presentations, including one by Tony Rivas f
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    • 11/11/2016 - Scottish Biodiversity Conference – 2016
      Earlier this week the 2016 Biodiversity Science Conference took place at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens. Co-organised by the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Science Support Group, the British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group and CIEEM.    The conference theme was centred on exploring the relationships be
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    • 10/11/2016 - Scottish Government statement on Contracts for Difference
      Reacting to the announcement by the Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategy (BEIS) that it would delay access to the next auction round for Contracts for Difference (CfD) for remote islands, the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “I am extremely disappointed, indeed angered
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    • 10/11/2016 - Non-domestic water issues
      On Tuesday 6 December Scottish Water along with Business Stream are due to give evidence at the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee at Holyrood. Scottish Land & Estates is therefore asking members to get in touch if you have any issues regarding non-domestic water that we could feed to the committee. Ple
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    • 10/11/2016 - Advance farm payments made
      It has been reported that payments to the sum of £246 million have begun arriving in Scottish farmers bank accounts under the Scottish Government loan scheme to pre-empt any further delays in this rural support computer system. http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14875481.Advance_farm_payments_made/
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    • 09/11/2016 - Landowners welcome rise in Scotland’s golden eagle population
      The fourth national survey has found a 15% rise in breeding pairs to 508 which is ‘favourable conservation status’ for golden eagles in the UK.  Scottish Land & Estates members are heavily involved in conservation efforts, including the development of the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.
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    • 07/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 November 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 November 2016.
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    • 07/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 31 October - 04 November 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 31 October - 04 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 07/11/2016 - Fuel Poverty Scheme Annual Report
      Part of the wider energy efficiency framework, the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme ‘Warm Homes Scotland’ has undergone its first annual review. Although full data was not available for the review, it concludes that a positive start has been made and sets out 11 recommendations. http://www.go
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    • 04/11/2016 - Sporting Rates Forms
      The Return of Information Forms from the Assessors has begun to be sent to land owners and occupiers. We encourage members to complete these form as accurately as possible. They can be completed in paper format or online. Scottish Land & Estates has been working with the assessors to ensure these forms are as straight forward
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    • 04/11/2016 - Roxburghe Estates supports BBC TV programme highlighting the ‘people of the Tweed’.
      Roxburghe Estates has supported the making of a new BBC documentary series, ‘The River’, which follows the lives of people who live and work around the River Tweed, including one of the estates’ ghillies and the team at Floors Stud. The new six-part series will start at 7.30pm on Monday November 7 on BBC One Scotlan
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    • 04/11/2016 - Cabinet Secretary gives assurances on forestry focus
      At a Scotsman breakfast seminar on Thursday of this week, the Cabinet Secretary responding to a question from Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray, said that he could give assurances that the proposed new agency, Forestry and Land Scotland, would have a central focus on forestry matters.  The question came as a result of con
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    • 03/11/2016 - Tweed Valley Pine Marten Meeting
      A meeting took place earlier this week at Torwoodlee House, Galashiels to discuss the proposed pine marten translocation project in the Tweed Valley. The project looks to assess the feasibility of biological control by pine martens in ecological, economic and practical terms.  The work will capitalise on the fact that th
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    • 03/11/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates responds to EIA consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates, this week, responded to the consultation on the transposition of EU Directive 2014/52 on Environmental Impact Assessment regulations. The consultation makes recommendations seeking to minimise additional regulatory burden whilst protecting the environment. Scottish Land & Estates’ submission bro
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    • 03/11/2016 - Concern over island renewable energy projects
      At least £1.3 billion of investment in shovel ready projects is being put at risk by indecision by the UK Government over major funding decisions, say Scottish Government Ministers. Ministers and leaders of three Scottish Island Councils have written to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Cl
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    • 03/11/2016 - Opportunities for 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
      As part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, members are reminded that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to projects that engage a new range of people with their history through Stories, Stones and Bones. The deadline to apply to Stories, Stones and Bones is Tuesday 31 Janu
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    • 03/11/2016 - EU Funding Guaranteed
      Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced guarantees that all payments of contracts for EU structural funds, CAP Pillar 2/Scottish Rural Development Programme, European Maritime Fisheries Fund and projects funded directly by the EU (e.g. Horizon 2020 and European Territorial Co-operation programmes) that are entered into b
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    • 03/11/2016 - SRDP funds guaranteed
      Following the UK Government’s welcome commitment from several weeks ago that it would honour agri-environment, forestry and rural development projects that are agreed before the UK leaves the EU, the Scottish Government has now announced that it will be passing on that commitment in full.    Previously the UK Gove
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    • 03/11/2016 - ECCLR Committee – Progress made on Scottish Biodiversity
      The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee met earlier this week to take evidence from GWCT, RSPB, MCS, SWT, RBG, Tayside Biodiversity Partnership and the Forest Policy Group on progress made towards Scotland’s progress to 2020. The session considered the findings of a number of recent publications: the SNH R
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    • 03/11/2016 - Police Scotland and partners launch autumn livestock worrying campaign
        A month-long campaign is being launched by Police Scotland today (Tuesday 1st November) to raise awareness among dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying.   It coincides with a rise in livestock attacks by dogs during November, a time when sheep are brought down to low lying pasture, in a
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    • 03/11/2016 - Proposed Communications Code may hinder rather than improve rural broadband provision
      The urgent need to improve broadband in rural Scotland must take account of the interests of farms and land-based businesses, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents rural businesses across Scotland, has submitted written evidence to the committee in Westminster examining the Digital Economy B
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    • 02/11/2016 - Crofting Cross Party Meeting
      The crofting cross party group met in Parliament on Wednesday evening. Fergus Ewing joined the group for part of the meeting and set out the Government’s commitment to crofting. With regard to reforms he urged stakeholders to think strategically ask as what, why and how changes should be made. The Scottish Government pr
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    • 01/11/2016 - Industry bodies launch guidance on late payment of rent
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance to help landlords deal with situations where tenants fall behind with their rent.   The move follows the issuing of other joint guidance by the NFUS, SLE and STFA in relation to limited partner
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    • 31/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 31 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 31 October 2016.
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    • 31/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 24 - 28 October 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 24 - 28 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 31/10/2016 - Voluntary Land Registration
      Registers of Scotland has confirmed that it has reviewed its policy on the mapping of servitudes in respect of voluntary land registration applications.  It will continue to encourage the mapping of servitudes, but does now recognise circumstances in which this may not be possible.  Consequently when a deed describes a
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    • 28/10/2016 - Urgent Action Needed - 2016 Irrigation Data Returns
      The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has sent out letters to all irrigation licence holders this week reminding them that abstraction data for each location on their licence, including nil returns, must be in by 31 December.  For 2016 you can visit: http://www.sepa.org.uk/regulations/water/abstractions/#fiv
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    • 27/10/2016 - Estate owners ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with key partners in fight against wildlife crime
      Estates with sporting interests today reinforced their commitment to raptor conservation in Scotland. A report issued by Scottish Natural Heritage has found a welcome increase in red kite numbers throughout much of Scotland but reported that the numbers were not as high as they could be in parts of the north due to a vari
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    • 27/10/2016 - Proposal to protect important areas for marine birds in the Solway’s Firth
      A formal public consultation was launched earlier this week by Scottish Natural Heritage asking people to comment on a proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA) in the UK’s third largest estuary. The proposals involve extending the boundary of the existing Upper Solway Flats & Marshes SPA, to protect internationally important
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    • 27/10/2016 - Gas Safe Charity - Think CO
      The Think CO campaign is one of Gas Safe Charity’s projects raising awareness of gas safety in the home. Carbon Monoxide kills at least 40 people in the UK each year; over 4,000 go to A&E as a result of CO poisoning. Many more people suffer from physical and neurological damage because of long-term, low-level exposure to CO
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    • 27/10/2016 - Business Boost
      More than 20,000 businesses will benefit from a £60 million investment, with EU money being used to grow Scotland’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The European Regional Development Fund support will bolster the business growth pipeline, allowing companies to access the help they need to expand. With SMEs accoun
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    • 27/10/2016 - Rural Communities - Next Steps for Growth
      Scottish Land & Estates attended a Holyrood Magazine event looking at the key issues and next steps for encouraging growth in rural communities across Scotland. Topics included, fostering empowerment and resilience, land reform and broadband & connectivity infrastructure. One key point raised was that private businesses are a
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    • 27/10/2016 - Farm census results
      The latest census results show a reduction in cereals, but an increase in potatoes, sheep, pigs and poultry. There was also a reduction in the workforce, and in the area of secure tenancies. There was an overall reduction in area of cereals of 12,400 hectares (three per cent), with barley down 20,700 hectares (seven per c
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    • 27/10/2016 - Second Forestry Summit – focus on growth
      This week saw the second of Fergus Ewing’s Forestry Summits held in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore (following the first one hosted by Scottish Land & Estates in the South West). At the event, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said: “Today’s forestry event in Boat of Garten is about listening to the
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    • 27/10/2016 - Scottish Tree of the Year Awards 20
      The winner of the 2016 Tree of the Year award was announced at a ceremony held in Scottish Parliament earlier this week. Scottish Land & Estates joined the organisers Woodland Trust Scotland and John Finnie MSP at the prize giving reception. A total of six trees were selected from nominations by individuals, community gro
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    • 27/10/2016 - Paths for All
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates attended the Paths for All AGM in Edinburgh and joined the organisation in celebrating its twenty years of promoting physical activity across Scotland at an event attended by Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health & Sport. The event incorporated the organisation’s annual E
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    • 27/10/2016 - Westminster Committee Recommends Reintroduction of LESA
      Westminster has a new Fuel Poverty Committee which is in place to advice the UK Government on policies aimed at reducing fuel poverty in England. However, many of the recommendations will affect the whole of the UK. The committee has published its first report which can be found here.  One of the recommendations is that the
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    • 27/10/2016 - Scottish Biodiversity Strategy - Progress Report 2015/16
      The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy lays out the Government’s ambition to halt overall loss of Scotland’s biodiversity by 2020, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.  The Route Map sets out
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    • 27/10/2016 - Lynx Working Group
      Late last week, Scottish Land & Estates attended the second Lynx Working Group Meeting – a group established to provide the National Species Reintroduction Forum (NSRF) with the necessary information to enable lynx reintroduction proposals to be assessed in a fair, balanced and evidence based fashion. The lynx working group
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    • 26/10/2016 - Landowners recognise vital part they can play in mitigating climate change impacts
      Estates and land-based businesses recognise the role they can play in managing land to help mitigate some of the impacts of climate change, Scottish Land & Estates has said. Following evidence from Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform to the ECCLR Scottish Parliament c
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    • 26/10/2016 - Fuel Poverty Reports
      The Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force and Strategic Fuel Poverty Working Group have published reports for the Scottish Government setting out recommendations and steps required for fuel poverty levels to be reduced. Scottish Land and Estates sat on the Rural Task Force and we have welcomed the publication of both reports. htt
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    • 25/10/2016 - Crofting Law Reform Call for Evidence
      The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has published a call for evidence to help inform its short, focussed review of priorities for crofting law reform. The committee is accepting evidence until 25th November. We will be putting together a Scottish Land & Estates response and would appreciate any input from members.
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    • 24/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes fuel poverty report recommendations
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the recommendations of two new reports published today which examine measures needed to address fuel poverty in Scotland. The organisation, which represents rural businesses, farms and landowners across the country, was a member of the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force which delivered its
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    • 24/10/2016 - Press & Journal - Trade opportunities key to best outcome for Scotland's farms under Brexit
        By Andrew Midgley, Projects and Research Manager at Scottish Land & Estates   It is still very early days in the Brexit saga and trying to discern the likely path forward – no matter what organisation or interest you represent - is fraught with difficulty.   Although there is little certainty about
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    • 24/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 24 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 24 October 2016.
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    • 24/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 17 - 21 October 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 17 - 21 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 24/10/2016 - Tackling fuel poverty
        Scottish Government Press Release   The definition of fuel poverty is to be reviewed to ensure help is targeted at those who need it most.   This is one of over 100 recommendations, made in two reports published today, to address the issue of fuel poverty which will now be considered in full by Minist
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    • 21/10/2016 - Scottish Government Response to Non Domestic Rating Appeals Consultation
        Derek Mackay, cabinet secretary for finance and the constitution, has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the rating valuation appeals system.    The response sets out agreement there is a need for a better information flow ahead of valuation which would mitigate the need for appeals. The
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    • 21/10/2016 - UK Food and Drink - International Action Plan 2016-2020
        An new action plan to grow exports and bring a £2.9 billion boost to the UK economy has been launched this week by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom at the world’s largest food trade fair in Paris.   The new International Action Plan for Food and Drink will see Government and industry working together to
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    • 20/10/2016 - Electronic Communications Code Update
      The Digital Economy Bill which includes a revised Electronic Communications Code continues to progress through Westminster. The Code provides rights to operators of telecoms masts which are greatly strengthened by the proposals. This week senior policy officer, Katy Dickson, met with Scottish Government to highlight land
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    • 20/10/2016 - Crown Estates and Scottish Land & Estates take lead on Natural Capital project
      Along with the Crown Estates, we are taking a lead on a project to introduce natural capital accounting to land-based businesses in Scotland.  At a meeting held today, we outlined our project proposal to a small consortium of potential partners in the project.  The proposal is for the trial implementation of natural capital
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    • 18/10/2016 - Value of grouse shooting recognised across the political spectrum
      The value of grouse shooting to rural communities has been clearly recognised by both Scottish and UK governments despite attempts to undermine the industry, the Scottish Moorland Group said today. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee took evidence at Westminster today on a petition raised in an attempt to ba
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    • 18/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 17 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 17 October 2016.
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    • 18/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10 - 14 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10 - 14 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 14/10/2016 - Scoping a vision for the uplands
      A strategic vision for Scotland’s uplands that could create enhanced dialogue between stakeholders would be welcomed, landowners have said. Scottish Land & Estates made the comments as part of its response to Scottish Natural Heritage’s consultation, Scoping a Strategic Vision for the Uplands. The landowners’ or
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    • 13/10/2016 - International tourism spend up
      International tourists visiting Scotland broke through the £500 million spend barrier in the second quarter of the year for the first time, according to figures published Thursday 13. Overseas visitors spent £540 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to £493 million in same period in 2015. This is the highest quar
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    • 13/10/2016 - Sea Eagle numbers are predicted to climb in Scotland
      A new Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report predicts that the number of white-tailed eagles, also known as sea eagles, is expected to climb in Scotland with predications made of 221 pairs by 2025 with potential for a much larger population by 2040. There have been three release phases to re-establish the eagles, which we
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    • 13/10/2016 - Members Meeting to Discuss Pine Marten Project in Tweed Valley
      A meeting is to take place in early November at Torwoodlee Estate, Galashiels with Professor Xavier Lambin of Aberdeen University to discuss the proposed pine marten translocation project expected to take place in the Tweed Valley. The project will explore in-situ in Scotland the impact of pine marten on Scotland’s squi
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    • 13/10/2016 - Scottish Rural Parliament
      From the 6-8 October, the second Scottish Rural Parliament was held in Brechin, Angus. At the Manifesto plenary session on Friday afternoon it was agreed that the highest priority for action should be broadband. Land in the context of ownership, management and usage along with Business and Democracy & Governance were noted as
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    • 13/10/2016 - More renewable heat than ever before
      More Scottish homes and businesses are seeing the benefit of renewable heat, according to new figures published by the Energy Saving Trust. The figures estimate that last year saw the largest annual increase in renewable heat output since measurement began in 2008 – up by over 1,100 GWh in a single year. In 2015, the pr
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    • 13/10/2016 - EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates attended an event on the following consultation: Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive 2014/52/EU (known as EIA Directive) into Scottish legislation. The EIA Directive requires an assessment of the effects of certain projects on the environment before a development can be granted.
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    • 13/10/2016 - Non-domestic water industry developments
      Scottish Land & Estates was updated on key developments in the non-domestic water industry during a recent roundtable event. The industry in Scotland is in the early stages of setting up a working group in order to define a Code of Practice for the non-domestic sector. It was also confirmed that vacant non-domestic proper
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    • 13/10/2016 - Greening EFA rate for 2017
      The Scottish Goverment has confirmed with DEFRA that the Greening EFA rate for 2017 will remain at five per cent. You can access detailed Greening guidance using the link here.
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    • 13/10/2016 - Application deadline for SUSSS 2016 - Monday 17 October
      This year’s Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS), which provides additional support on top of the Basic Payment Scheme to sheep producers who farm in Scotland's rough grazing areas, will close for applications on Monday 17 October, 2016. We are directing customers to make online applications for SUSSS on Rural P
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    • 13/10/2016 - Compulsory Purchase
      The Scottish Law Commission has now reported to the Scottish Government on compulsory purchase and this has been published on its website, along with  47 formal submissions, including Scottish Land & Estates.  Details including submissions and press release are here...   We are, in principle, in favour of the simplific
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    • 13/10/2016 - Long term review of General Licences is welcomed
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the consultation by Scottish Natural Heritage on General Licences to control birds.  Proposals to make General Licences more effective and easier to understand have been welcomed and the results of the review are expected to be published in early December. General Licences enable
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    • 10/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 October 2016.
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    • 10/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 03 - 07 October 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 03 - 07 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 07/10/2016 - Integrated land management is centre-stage during Deeside Walk & Talk event
      Representatives from local estates, land agents and rural professional services were amongst those who gathered on Tuesday morning at the Potarch Café and Restaurant, recently refurbished by Ballogie Estate to attend the latest walk & talk event organised by Scottish Land & Estates and Wildlife Estates Scotland   Th
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    • 07/10/2016 - ECCLR committee approve annual Climate Change targets order
      Tuesday this week saw the Scottish Parliament Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee consider and approve an order setting annual climate change targets for 2028- 2032 and restrictions on use of carbon units for 2018 - 2022.  On 7 September 2016, draft orders under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act
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    • 07/10/2016 - Pollinator Strategy for Scotland
      Following a consultation on a draft strategy earlier this year, Scottish Land & Estates have been invited to sit on a working group for this strategy. The purpose of the working group is to progress the current strategy and develop an implementation plan. The Strategy sets out the current situation for our pollinators (honey
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    • 07/10/2016 - New SRUC CEO addresses farming sector
      SRUC held its annual dinner last night, with new CEO Professor Wayne Powell giving the keynote address.  Professor Powell talked about his desire for SRUC to takes its place on the global stage highlighting the relevance of work going on in Scotland to global good challenges.  Professor Powell’s recent post as Chief S
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    • 07/10/2016 - Targeted business rates reliefs would encourage enhanced rural communities
      Scottish Land & Estates has said targeted rates reliefs for businesses and communities would further encourage economic growth in rural communities. The organisation has today responded to the Barclay Review of Business Rates, a consultation initiated by the Scottish Government. In its response, Scottish Land & Estate
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    • 06/10/2016 - Can you help with research into white and brown hare hybridisation?
      The Department of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland have asked for landowners help with a project to investigate hybridisation between our hare species and any threat to genetic purity.
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    • 06/10/2016 - Cross Party Meetings
      The tourism and housing cross party groups met in parliament this week with Scottish Land & Estates representation at both. As the first meetings of the new session much of the agendas were devoted to discussing potential future topics to cover. Lord Thurso, the new chairman, of Visit Scotland gave a presentation to the touri
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    • 06/10/2016 - Mobile Internet Report Published
        A report this week from Which? And OpenSignal compares four mobile providers 3G and 4G availability and speed across UK regions. Scotland was unfortunately classed as a single region which fails to show the disparity across the nation. The report found, as a single region Scottish people, on average, have access to 4G
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    • 06/10/2016 - Scottish Government “cannot support” underground coal gasification
      Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed this week that, following expert advice, he would update planning rules to ensure that underground coal gasification would not be able to take place. Mr Wheelhouse told MSPs that the gas extraction technique "poses numerous and serious environmental risks" and that it would conseq
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    • 06/10/2016 - New research highlights long-term economic implications of Brexit
      New research prepared by Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute predicts a swathe of negative impacts on the Scottish economy in the years following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It models the economic impact of Brexit for Scotland and the rest of the UK over a ten year period, and finds
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    • 06/10/2016 - Bee Business
      The Scottish Bee Cooperation is a business, passionate about increasing the honey-bee population and jobs for beekeepers in Scotland. They are looking to make contact and work with existing amateur and/or small scale bee keepers who have an interest in commercial bee keeping. The business can provide those eligible
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    • 06/10/2016 - Cross Border Squirrel Symposium
      Up to 70 people with a passion for red squirrel conservation gathered at Springwood, Kelso in mid-September for a squirrel cross-border symposium Organised by the UK Squirrel Accord and hosted by the Duke of Buccleuch and Duke of Northumberland, the meeting was also attended by landowners and volunteers from across
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    • 06/10/2016 - Help Crown this Year’s Tree of the Year
      The search has begun for the 2016 Scottish Tree of the Year, an annual search for the nation’s best loved tree which celebrates community connections, stories and history associated with Scotland’s best loved trees. The competition is organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland and supported by the People’s Postc
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    • 06/10/2016 - Private Tenancies Consultation Launched
      The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the regulations to support the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. This includes the content of the Model Tenancy and prescribed notices, and whether documents should be an option of serving notices electronically.  The consultation runs until 26th Decem
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    • 06/10/2016 - SEPA unveils new waste to resources framework
      A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), focussing on how SEPA will support a circular economy in Scotland. [read more] Announced at the Scottish Resources Conference this week, “One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework”, outlines how SE
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    • 06/10/2016 - Landowners willing partners in a bright future for the Cairngorms
      Landowners have said they are ready and willing to be even greater delivery partners over the course of the next five-year plan for the Cairngorms National Park. Scottish Land & Estates has submitted its response to the Cairngorms National Park Authority’s Big Park Big Questions consultation which will shape the next pa
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    • 04/10/2016 - SRUC Strengthens Links with Surveying Industry at RICS Degree Induction Day
        Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) strengthened its links with the surveying industry when it gave 50 students the opportunity to hear from sector experts at its Rural Business Management degree induction day. The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is aimed at fillin
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    • 04/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 October 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 October 2016
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    • 04/10/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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    • 03/10/2016 - Scotland’s Rural Economy and leaving the EU
        It is still very early days in the negotiations surrounding Brexit. There is so much that is unknown, especially relating to Scotland’s place in the EU and the UK, and so in some respects it is difficult to look very far ahead. Trying to discern the likely path forward is fraught with difficulty. Yet Scottish Land &
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    • 03/10/2016 - Private Tenancies Consultation Launched
      The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the regulations to support the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016. This includes the content of the Model Tenancy and prescribed notices, and whether documents should be an option of serving notices electronically.  The consultation runs until 26th Decem
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    • 30/09/2016 - Commons Petitions on driven grouse shooting
      The first stage of the Westminster Inquiry into grouse shooting will be an oral evidence session on 18th October.  In advance of that, anyone may make a written submission to the Inquiryby the deadline of 5th October.  Scottish Moorland Group will be making a detailed submission but as many members as possible are urged to
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    • 30/09/2016 - Rural Economy EU Referendum Parliamentary debate
      Tuesday this week saw a debate in the Scottish Parliament Chamber on the Rural Economy in light of the EU Referendum.  The debate, secured by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, highlighted the considerable uncertainty that exists as a result of the vote to leave, but also picked up on some of the oppo
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    • 30/09/2016 - Cross Party Group Brexit debate
      The Rural Policy Cross Party Group met on Wednesday evening in Parliament to discuss the implications of Brexit on the countryside.  Senior Policy Officer, Land Use and Environment, Anne Gray, attended and was able to ask MSPs for their thoughts on the case for funding for farming, forestry and rural development post-Brexit.
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    • 30/09/2016 - National Access Forum consider Core Paths and elect new Convenor
      This week’s National Access Forum in Perth, attended as usual by Scottish Land & Estates, spent a considerable part of their Autumn meeting discussing mapping and registration issues in relation to core paths.  There is a push towards including all core paths on 1:25,000 OS maps.  However, there is also concern that n
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    • 30/09/2016 - Cairngorms members discuss Park Plan
      On Monday of this week, we organised for members in the Cairngorms NP area to meet with the Park Authority’s Senior Team to discuss the proposed Partnership Plan 2017-22.  The meeting was wide ranging and there was a healthy exchange of sometimes very different points of view.  Scottish Land & Estates is pulling toget
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    • 30/09/2016 - Minister updates Parliament on Brexit
      The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee took evidence this week from Mike Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe. Mr Russell outlined that in his view the UK government needed to provide greater clarity on what they wanted from the Brexit negotiations. The Official report
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    • 30/09/2016 - Two new policy officers join Scottish Land & Estates
      Scottish Land & Estates has strengthened its policy team with the appointment of a two new members of staff. Karen Ramoo and Gavin Mowat have joined the organisation and will be based in Scottish Land & Estates’ headquarters in Musselburgh. Karen joins as a policy officer with a focus on conservation and wildli
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    • 30/09/2016 - Scottish interests need to be at the fore in Brexit discussions
      Ensuring the voice of rural business in Scotland is heard during Brexit is an immediate priority, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses, farmers and landowners across Scotland, has reacted to this week’s Scottish Parliament debate on Brexit which coincided with the pu
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    • 30/09/2016 - Rural Housing Fund Seminar, Inverurie
      Scottish Land & Estates presented some case studies of applications to the Rural Housing Fund at a seminar organised by Rural Housing Scotland in Inverurie on Thursday. Representatives from Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire Council, Community Land Scotland and the Land Fund also gave presentations and answered questions. The
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    • 30/09/2016 - SPARC Meeting
      The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime group met in Glasgow on Tuesday. The group were provided with an encouraging up date on investigations of recent livestock and machinery thefts. The number of Rural Watch schemes is growing and we encourage members to get involved in any schemes in their area which help to share su
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    • 30/09/2016 - Scottish Borders Digital Forum
      This week Scottish Land & Estates attended the first Scottish Borders Digital Forum which was hosted by Calum Kerr, MP. There were a number of presentations setting out the current targets and obligations and setting the scene of the current state of connectivity in Scotland and particularly in the Borders region. The next fo
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    • 29/09/2016 - Report on private water supply quality
      Most private water supplies in Scotland comply with drinking water standards but a significant minority need to make further improvements, according to the latest report from Scotland’s Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR). In 2015, a total of 42,361 tests were taken from Type A private water supplies – those servi
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    • 29/09/2016 - CAP 2016 Loans: Opt in by 12 October
      Giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee, Liz Ditchburn Director-General Economy confirmed the deadline for opting in for nationally-funded loans for 2016 is 12 October. However, letters of payment notification and appeal procedures for the previous year will not be issued until 15 October leaving
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    • 27/09/2016 - RHASS hosts Governor of Bank of England
      Our Director Of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs was one of the attendees at a round table with the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, at Ingliston House this week as part of his fact finding trip to Scotland. The  event was hosted by Chairman and Chief Executive of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of
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    • 26/09/2016 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 26 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing Monday 26th September 2016.
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    • 23/09/2016 - UK Policy framework needed to ensure Scottish rural businesses have level playing field post-Brexit
        Rural businesses in Scotland must not be disadvantaged when new post-Brexit arrangements come into force, Scottish Land & Estates has said.   The organisation, which represents land-based businesses, farmers and landowners across Scotland, has said that care will need to be taken to ensure that an overarching
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    • 23/09/2016 - Making Scottish forestry worth more discussed at stakeholder summit
        Ensuring we get the best out of forestry for Scotland’s rural economy has been discussed at a summit today organised by Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland.   Addressed by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, the event held at Annandale Estates, Loc
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    • 22/09/2016 - MacGillivray painting offered to support Deer Management Groups funding campaign
      The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) is embarking on a fundraising campaign to underwrite the delivery of important development work in Scotland in the wild deer sector. As an early boost to its fundraising campaign wildlife and sporting artist Ian MacGillivray has donated one of his spectacular oil paintings.
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    • 22/09/2016 - Regulations on Abandoned, Neglected or Detrimental Land
      The Scottish Government has now analysed the responses to its consultation on secondary legislation for abandoned, neglected or detrimental land under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the summary can be found here... 51 responses were received in total, 49 from organisations including Scottish Land & Esta
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    • 22/09/2016 - Crofting Cross Party
      Senior Policy Officer Katy Dickson attended Wednesday evening’s Crofting Cross Party Group Meeting at Parliament. Professor Mark Shucksmith gave his reflection on the Committee of Enquiry and the future of crofting. This was followed by usual businesses of discussing crofting law and administration and crofting development.
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    • 21/09/2016 - Agricultural wage negotiations in new timeframe
        Joint statement on behalf of NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates   Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland have welcomed the decision by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) to change the effective date of annual changes to the Scottish Agricultural Minimum Wage rate.   The SAWB has take
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    • 20/09/2016 - 2017 Scottish Rural Awards launch at Holyrood
        Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Rural Awards have officially been launched at the Scottish Parliament.    Marking the opening of nominations at a reception at Holyrood on Thursday 8 September, Rachael Hamilton MSP, Scottish Conservative spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, hailed the Scottish Rural
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    • 20/09/2016 - New National Advisory Service launches for farmers and crofters
      Scotland’s new Farm Advisory Service (FAS) launched today (20 September, 2016). The FAS forms part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government. The £20m contract was awarded earlier this year to SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College) and Ri
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    • 19/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 September 2016
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    • 19/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 12 - 16 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 12 - 16 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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    • 15/09/2016 - State of Nature Report
        A coalition of 50 wildlife and research organisations have published the State of Nature 2016 report.   It is a UK wide report with separate country reports and in Scotland it finds that one in every 11 species assessed is at risk of becoming extinct (9%) and for some groups of species that threat is even high
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    • 15/09/2016 - Innovative bracken cutting demonstration
      Bracken, rushes, gorse and many other low value organic cellulosic materials are seen as pest crops wasting valuable land that could be commercially used by many land managers, but a new view of these troublesome ‘crops’ could be about to launch in Scotland, where they could be used to make environmentally friendly liquid
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    • 15/09/2016 - Have your say on golden eagles in the south of Scotland.
        A new project to help boost golden eagles in the south of Scotland is seeking your views on the scheme.   The initiative – known as the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project – has been pledged more than £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has the backing of the Scottish Government.  
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    • 14/09/2016 - Rural Secretary provides update of payments
      Fergus Ewing provided Parliament with an update on the latest payments situation on Tuesday this week.    He said: “As at last Friday, over £350 million has been injected into Scotland’s rural economy through the various payment schemes. Of that total, £326 million has been made in 2015 basic, greening and you
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    • 14/09/2016 - Improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland: a consultation on controlling interests in land
      The Scottish Government consultation on improving transparency in land ownership and controlling interests has now been published and can be found here:  http://gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/6681. Scottish Land & Estates will be responding to the consultation, and our Briefing Note can be found below.
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    • 14/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates’ comment on professional agents survey
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided its support to a new survey launched by RICS and the Scottish Government’s Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming which is seeking evidence about the role of professional agents in relation to agricultural holdings. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We sup
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    • 13/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 September 2016
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    • 13/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 13/09/2016 - Current consultations - 12 September 2016
        Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.  
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    • 13/09/2016 - Scottish farms and rural businesses need certainty on post-brexit schemes for workers from abroad
        An early commitment is needed from the UK Government to establish post-Brexit sector schemes that will enable farms and other rural businesses to keep employing workers from abroad, according to Scottish Land & Estates.   The organisation, which represents land-based businesses, farmers and landowners across S
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    • 11/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates’ comment on transparency of land ownership consultation
      Following an announcement from the Scottish Government that it is to conduct a consultation on improving transparency in land ownership in Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following comment. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Work to improve the transparency of land ownership i
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    • 09/09/2016 - Growing petition to protect grouse shooting
      With a debate now likely at Westminster on a grouse shooting ban, a counter-petition has been started and is gathering signatures in support of protecting a legitimate land use that contributes significantly to the rural economy, environment and to social cohesion in remote and often fragile areas.  Any British citizen or UK
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    • 09/09/2016 - Revenue Scotland
      Revenue Scotland, responsible for the administration and collection of Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT) and Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT), has collected £572m in its first year. It collected £425m through LBTT and £147m from SLfT in the year from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.  Its press release with first annu
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    • 08/09/2016 - Council Tax
      Legislation to reform the council tax system has been set out by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, with the changes set to come in from April 2017.  Under the reforms, the average band E household will pay about £2 more per week, with those in the highest band, H, paying an extra £10 a week, an average of £517 a year. The c
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    • 08/09/2016 - Crofting Stakeholders Meeting and Chair Departure
      Scottish Land & Estates attended the Crofting Stakeholder’s meeting in Inverness earlier this week.  Progress is being made on preparing a report to present to ministers regarding the future for the sector. At the meeting Catriona Maclean, chief executive of the Crofting Commission, announced she was leaving to take up a p
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    • 06/09/2016 - Brexit: Government should strike balance between continuity and opportunity to change ‘poorest’ EU regulations
      Government should avoid chaos and disruption by balancing the need for regulatory continuity with the opportunity to change specific EU regulations that work poorly for rural businesses, consumers and the countryside. Scottish Land & Estates and the CLA, which represents land businesses and farmers in England and Wales, t
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    • 05/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 September 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 September 2016
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    • 05/09/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 29 August - 05 September 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 29 August - 05 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 02/09/2016 - Good Food
      The Scottish Government is inviting applications to its Good Food Nation Fund. The fund offers financial support to the vision and objectives of its national food policy ‘Good Food Nation’ (farming and fishing are inherently included in food policy).  Its aspiration is that Scotland is a country where people from every w
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    • 02/09/2016 - Food and Drink Fortnight
      The 3rd September marks the start of Food and Drink fortnight. The nationwide event supports and promotes Scotland’s produce and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. The focus of this year’s celebrations is primary producers. This provides an opportunity for members to shout about the great work they do and the co
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    • 02/09/2016 - Support for Food, Farming and Environment at Brexit Roadshow
      The CLA got underway with its Brexit Roadshows this week.  The events across England and Wales present our joint proposal for a Food, Farming and Environment Policy framework for the UK.  Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray, attended one of the first events in Northumberland last night and reported a good turn out, broad and h
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    • 01/09/2016 - Cattle Theft Enquiry
        Police in Angus are carrying out enquiries into suspected stolen cattle after two cows were recovered near Forfar. Sergeant Grace Morrison, Angus Community Sergeant who is leading the enquiry said:   “We are trying to trace the owners of these two Limousin-cross heifers, red in colour, as seen in the images
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    • 01/09/2016 - Salmon conservation regulations 2017
      The statutory 28 day consultation on the proposed salmon conservation regulations for 2017 was launched yesterday.  Further information on the assessment of conservation status for the 2017 fishing season, including details of how to submit your views before the closing date on 29 September, are available here website.
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    • 01/09/2016 - Government launches Future of Forestry Consultation
      The Scottish Government is consulting on the future of forestry in Scotland.  The consultation, launched on 31 August and which runs through to 9 November 2016, is primarily about completing the devolution of forestry to make the management of forestry directly accountable to Scottish Ministers.  It is available on the Scot
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    • 01/09/2016 - Sheep sector review published
      The report, produced by a short life industry group chaired by former UK Sheep Farmer of the Year John Scott, sets out a series of actions for the Scottish Government and the sheep industry to facilitate sustainable and long term growth. The group’s vision for the Scottish sheepmeat supply chain is that of: “A coopera
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    • 01/09/2016 - 2016 Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS) opens
      This year’s Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS), which provides additional support on top of the Basic Payment Scheme to sheep producers who farm in Scotland's rough grazing areas, will be open for applications from Thursday 1 September until Monday 17 October, 2016. Online applications for SUSSS 2016 can be ma
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    • 30/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 August 2016
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    • 30/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 22 - 26 August 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 22 - 26 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 25/08/2016 - Cabinet Secretary to provide CAP payments update in September
      At a meeting of CAP Stakeholders this week, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, announced he was scheduled to update Parliament on CAP payments on 13 September 2016.   SGRPID, at the same meeting, provided some interim figures that confirm steady progress is being made, and perhaps more reassurin
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    • 25/08/2016 - LMO Capital Claim Form submission deadline - 31 August 2016
      For those businesses with continuing commitments under the Land Managers Options (LMO) scheme, and who are claiming for capital items and / or the Animal Welfare Management Programme for the 2015 scheme year, claim forms must be submitted to their local Area Office by 31 August, 2016. Pre-printed claim forms have already
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    • 22/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 August 2016
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    • 22/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 August 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 17/08/2016 - Moorland Group statement on missing hen harrier
      Following a press release issued on Wednesday 17 August by RSPB Scotland about a missing satellite tagged hen harrier, the Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement. Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “We are as concerned as anyone when a satellite tagged bird goes missing and pa
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    • 17/08/2016 - Industry Bodies Launch Guidance on Exercise of Shooting Rights on Tenanted Farms
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at minimising the potential for conflict between agricultural tenants and those exercising sporting rights over the same piece of land.   The move follows the issuing of other joint guida
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    • 15/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15 August 2016
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    • 15/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 08 - 12 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 08 - 12 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 12/08/2016 - Nick Nairn cooks up the perfect start to the grouse season
      Scottish chef Nick Nairn got the Glorious Twelfth off to a bang today as he joined a party on a Perthshire estate for the start of the grouse season. The renowned cook was amongst tourists from France, estate staff and gamekeepers at Crieff’s Abercairny Estate - which is part of the Tayside & Central Moorland Group - to
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    • 11/08/2016 - Moorland Group Statement on Missing Golden Eagles
       Following a press release issued today by RSPB Scotland about missing satellite tagged golden eagles, the Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement. Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group said: “Our organisation is an enthusiastic member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crim
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    • 09/08/2016 - Poor trade deal for food, farming and forestry will put food security and environment at risk
        Failure to secure strong trade opportunities for agricultural products will put UK food security and the environment at risk, according to the organisations that represent landowners, farmers and rural businesses.   Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses in Scotland, and the CLA, which
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    • 08/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 08 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 08 August 2016
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    • 08/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 01 - 05 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 01 - 05 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 08/08/2016 - Strathspey Estate gains coveted Wildlife Estates Scotland accreditation
      A Highland estate recognised at a European level for its excellent wildlife, habitat and conservation management has now been newly accredited under a Scottish version of the scheme. Strathspey Estate, a diverse propertycovering a spectacular area of around 54,000 acres,has successfully renewed its status with Wildli
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    • 08/08/2016 - Moray estate owners recognised for exceptional commitment to local community and economy
      The owners of a Moray estate have been recognised with an award for their outstanding work in boosting the local community and its economy. Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara, who own the Gordon Castle Estate at Fochabers, have received Scottish Land & Estates’ Highland region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award. T
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    • 08/08/2016 - Value of Scotland’s country sports endorsed by Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary
      Scotland’s estates are continuing to generate tourism, employment and economic benefits thanks to the popularity of world-class country sports. The value of shooting, stalking and fishing to Scotland’s rural communities was endorsed today at the Highland Field Sports Fair by Fergus Ewing MSP, Scottish Government
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    • 04/08/2016 - Long-awaited land reform research finally published
      On 29 July the Scottish Government finally published the research it commissioned to inform the recent Land Reform Act. This work included four projects: 1.      The impact of diversity of ownership scale on social, economic and environmental outcomes This work explored the degree to which large scale landownersh
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    • 04/08/2016 - Rural Crime Reduction
      The latest NFU Mutual claims data shows the cost of rural crime has reduced in Scotland for the second year in a row. Scottish Land & Estates is part of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) which is led by Police Scotland. 
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    • 01/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 01 August 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 01 August 2016
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    • 01/08/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 25 - 29 July 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 25 - 29 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 01/08/2016 - Current consultations - 01 August 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 29/07/2016 - Scottish Parliament hears about the implications of Brexit
      The Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee heard from a range of Scottish industry bodies on Thursday morning on the implications of Brexit.  The overwhelming message was around the need for certainty.  The farming sector called for certainty in terms of confirmed support payments to at least the end
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    • Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 update
        The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP has responded in writing to questions raised at her evidence session before that Committee on 28th June 2016.  Further details of the approximate timeline of Parts 1 to 5 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 can be found i
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    • 28/07/2016 - Land Reform Latest
      The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform has responded to questions raised at the last Committee meeting on 28th June here. Some key dates are as follows: Early August 2016 – consultation on proposals for a Register of Controlling Interests August/September 2016 – stakeholder
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    • 27/07/2016 - South Scotland Golden Eagle Project secures £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund boost
        A new project to help golden eagles in the South of Scotland has received initial support of more than £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.   The scheme aims to boost numbers of the iconic bird to up to 16 pairs in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders – with the potential to release eagle ch
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    • 25/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 July 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 July 2016
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    • 25/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 18 - 22 July 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 18 - 22 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 22/07/2016 - Natural Capital Protocol Discussion
      On Monday, Scottish Land & Estates attended a small roundtable discussion event on the recently launched Natural Capital Protocol.  We heard for one of the Protocol’s principle designers which was incredibly helpful in understanding some of the thougth processes behind it.  We were also able to feedback thoughts on how th
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    • 22/07/2016 - Invercauld Estate statement
      A spokesman for Invercauld Estate said: “The Estate became aware this morning of a press release issued by the RSPB with regards to an allegation that a common gull had been caught in a trap on land at Geallaig Hill. “We have spoken with the police who we understand searched the site and we have also undertaken our ow
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    • 22/07/2016 - CAP Stakeholders' Meeting
      The most recent CAP Stakeholders' Meeting was held in Edinburgh on Wednesday of this week.  The meeting considered the implications for rural support of the Brexit decision, provided updates on progress with delayed payments and the Scottish Government’s IT system.    There was also helpful consideration of the
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    • 22/07/2016 - Employment
      New stricter rules are in force from 12th July 2016 regarding employment of illegal workers as a result of the Immigraton Act 2016.  It is now a criminal offence where an employer has ‘reasonable cause’ to believe that an employee is working illegally i.e. negligence through intentionally failing to check will not be
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    • National Policy Group Meeting
      The first meeting of the new Scottish Land & Estates National Policy Group was held on 17 May 2016. Minutes from the meeting can be found below.
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    • 18/07/2016 - Current consultations - 18 July 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 18/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 July 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 July 2016
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    • 18/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11 - 15 July 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11 - 15 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 15/07/2016 - Walk & Talk in the Lammermuirs a great success!
        Tuesday afternoon earlier this week saw a great walk & talk event at the Hopes Estate on the edge of the Lammermuirs. Hosted by Robbie Douglas Miller and organised by Scottish Land & Estates and Wildlife Estates Scotland, guests first heard from Robbie about the management of the Hopes and his keen interest in achievin
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    • 14/07/2016 - All Party Forestry Group discuss Brexit
        The All Party Forestry Group at Westminster this week discussed the impacts and benefits Brexit might have on the sector.   Short-term there is concern about the future of forestry grants which are important in mitigating some of the risk inherent in forestry investment.  Assurance is need from the UK Governm
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    • 12/07/2016 - Tilhill Forestry wins in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards for the fifth year in a row
        Tilhill Forestry is celebrating after winning the James Jones trophy for new commercial woodlands for the company’s work at Carrick Estate in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.   The category Tilhill Forestry won this year was open to woodland anywhere in Scotland where production of high-quality timber is a
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    • 11/07/2016 - Post-Brexit food, farming, forestry and environmental policy needs to improve on CAP
      GOVERNMENT, farmers, foresters and land-based businesses should strive to seize the opportunity to create a new food, farming and environmental policy to deliver better outcomes than the EU Common Agricultural Policy. This is the message delivered today jointly by Scottish Land & Estates and the CLA, which represents far
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    • 11/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 July 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 July 2016
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    • 11/07/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 04 - 08 July 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 04 - 08 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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    • 08/07/2016 - Current consultations - 08 July 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 08/07/2016 - SRUC and UHI complete deer management workshop series
        As part of a commissioned piece of work into future research requirements for the sustainable management of wild deer, SRUC and UHI has been undertaking a series of workshops with practitioners, communities, researchers and policy makers across Scotland.  The final one this week took place in Edinburgh.   Sco
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    • 08/07/2016 - SWT launch their policy for the Uplands
        Scottish Land & Estates attended and responded to Scottish Wildlife Trust’s (SWT) launch this week of its Living Landscapes in the Scottish Uplands Policy.  Summing up our response, we said “much we agree, some things not, let’s work together for greater understanding”.   Some members may be surprised
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    • 06/07/2016 - Promotions and new staff to strengthen Scottish Land & Estates’ policy team
      Scottish Land & Estates is to strengthen its policy team with a number of promotions and new appointments. With the implementation of the Land Reform Act and the aftermath of the EU referendum certain to dominate the rural agenda over the next five years, policy will be coordinated across two new portfolios: Land Use
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    • 04/07/2016 - Farms and estates lead the charge on wildlife conservation
      Seven Scottish farms and estates have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. The award of Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation wasmade at the Scottish Game Fair, with the Scottish Government’s Rural Economy secretary Fer
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    • 01/07/2016 - Voluntary Land Registration
      Registers of Scotland (RoS) has reviewed its policy in relation to voluntary registration of surface land and salmon fishings.  Following representations made  by Scottish Land & Estates an application which seeks to voluntarily register both will not require a fee per separate tenement. RoS previously advised that sepa
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    • 01/07/2016 - Fuel poverty report to be published later this year
      The Independent Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group updated the Housing Minister on their interim findings this week. The Chair of the expert group, Professor David Sigsworth OBE, informed the Minister that the group’s formal report, which will be published later this year, is likely to include recommendations
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    • 01/07/2016 - Voluntary Land Registration
      Registers of Scotland (RoS) has reviewed its policy in relation to voluntary registration of surface land and salmon fishings.  Following representations made  by Scottish Land & Estates an application which seeks to voluntarily register both will not require a fee per separate tenement. RoS previously advised that sepa
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    • 01/07/2016 - Updates to carbon and peatland map available
        Scottish Natural Heritage has updated an initial (draft) map of carbon rich soil, deep peat and priority peatland habitats across Scotland.  The final Carbon and Peatland map 2016 is now available for download as a GIS shape file from the  NaturalSpaces section of the SNHi Information Service (renewable energy catego
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    • 01/07/2016 - Glyphosate approval extended to end of 2017
        After EU Member States failed to take responsibility for the decision on glyphosate extension, the Commission has extended the approval to the end of 2017 at the latest, until European Chemical Agency issues its opinion.   Despite repeated efforts from the Commission to address concerns expressed about the re-appr
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    • 30/06/2016 - A Scottish Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Poicy
      Scottish Land & Estates has produced the attached paper following the UK Referendum on membership of the European Union.  We are discussing the paper with Scottish and UK governments and we will continue to develop our thinking in this area, through our National Policy Group, as the political situation develops.
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    • 30/06/2016 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing Monday 27 June 2016.
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    • 24/06/2016 - Land businesses advised to maintain momentum on peatland restoration
      Land managers, businesses and government are being urged to continue their vital work in tackling climate change and flooding through restoration of Scotland’s peatlands. At an event at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Scottish Land & Estates and IUCN UK Peatland Programme joined forces to promote the Peatland Code
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    • 24/06/2016 - Landowners ask for ‘clarity and certainty’ for rural Scotland
      Scottish Land & Estates has said it is vital that both the UK and Scottish governments work hard to provide ‘clarity and certainty’ to the nation’s rural businesses and communities following today’s EU referendum result. The organisation added that whilst the result will undoubtedly present tough challenge
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    • 23/06/2016 - Farmers face 'generational' change in community engagement
      Farms and agricultural businesses are facing a ‘generational’ change in their engagement with local communities, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The organisation has highlighted the need for farming businesses to be ready for new community engagement guidelines that are to be introduced as part of the Land Reform
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    • 22/06/2016 - Salmon carcass-tagging guidance notes for in-river net and cobble
      GUIDANCE NOTES – CARCASS TAGGING The Salmon Carcass Tagging (Scotland) Regulations 2016 together with The Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come in to force on 31 March 2016 and take effect on 1 April 2016. The following links can be used to access both the main Conservation Regulations and the Twee
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    • 21/06/2016 - Community Planning under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015: Consultation on Draft Guidance and Regulation
        Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on community planning as part of the drafting of secondary legislation in relation to the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.   The thrust of our response is that as we commented in response to the consultation on the Bill, ef
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    • 21/06/2016 - Consultation on secondary legislation proposals relating to Part 3A of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 – the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land
        Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the consultation on abandoned and neglected land under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.  The response can be found below.   We expressed major concerns at the time of the passing of this aspect of the primary legislation, but it is now enshrined in law.
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    • 21/06/2016 - Consultation on proposals relating to secondary legislation for Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 – the crofting community right to buy
        Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the consultation proposals on crofting community right to buy per the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.  Our response can be found below.   We have welcomed a clear process both pre and post ballot and sought further clarity in terms of compensation provisions
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    • 21/06/2016 - Industry Bodies Launch Guidance on Determining Compensation at Way-Go
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at giving secure 1991 Act tenants greater clarity as to the potential way-go value of their business.   The move follows the issuing of other joint guidance by the NFUS, SLE and STFA in r
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    • 20/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 June 2016
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    • 20/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 17/06/2016 - Moorland groups go from strength to strength
      Two new regional moorland groups have got under way recently on Speyside and in the Tomatin area near Inverness.  The number of groups is now seven, set up to highlight the importance of keepering and sporting estates in moorland areas across Scotland and to explain the public benefits that they provide.   Read more
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    • 16/06/2016 - EIP-AGRI looking for farming experts
      The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) has opened a call for experts for 3 new Focus Groups on: Robust and resilient dairy production systems Agroforestry: introducing woody vegetation into specialised crop and livestock systems Diseases and pests in
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    • 13/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 June 2016
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    • 13/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 06/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 June 2016
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    • 06/06/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 May - 03 June 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 May - 03 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 03/06/2016 - Current consultations - 03 June 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 01/06/2016 - Land use focus welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates
      The Scottish Government’s commitment to deliver on its second Land Use Strategy over the course of the next parliament has been welcomed by landowners. Scottish Land & Estates said enabling landowners, farmers and managers to play an ever more active role in the delivery of environmental targets would bring substantial
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    • 31/05/2016 - Nature of Land-Based Business Survey
        Scottish Land & Estates has launched a survey to better understand the ‘nature of land-based business’ in 2016.    The management of land and the things we get from land is increasingly in the spotlight.  The pressure to deliver multiple outcomes from land management such as food and fibre production, na
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    • 31/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes farming subsidy statement
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s parliamentary statement from the Scottish Government on the farming subsidy crisis. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The farming payment crisis has placed immense stress on rural businesses throughout Scotland but the apology and update fro
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    • 31/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 May 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 May 2016
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    • 31/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23 - 27 May 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23 - 27 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 31/05/2016 - Buccleuch takes the lead in voluntary land registration
        Buccleuch, one of Scotland’s foremost rural businesses, is taking the lead in a country-wide initiative to put all land in Scotland on a modern map-based land register.   The initiative, led by Registers of Scotland, aims to move all land in Scotland from the historic deeds-based General Register of Sasines
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    • 27/05/2016 - Cabinet Secretary welcomes launch of protocol for negotiated sales
        Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform gave the opening address at the Community Land Scotland Conference in Stornoway today. During her speech she welcomed the launch of the new Protocol for Negotiated Sales which will provide a road map for facilitating negotiated sales
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    • 27/05/2016 - Atlas of Living Scotland
      The Atlas of Living Scotland, a new online resource has been launched today and can be found here...  The Atlas is all about Citizen Science.  It enables anyone with sitings of any species of plant or animal to record it to a location.  The work can be comprehensive or merely a one off siting.  It will help everyone to be
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    • 27/05/2016 - Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES) Application Deadline Extension to 15 June
        A deadline extension has been announced by the new Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing, for the Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES), meaning farmers now have until 15 June 2016 to apply for a share ofup to £45 million beef sector support scheme. The previous deadline for applications was Tuesday 31 May. BES is a ne
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    • 25/05/2016 - Landowners call for 'rural concord' with government and communities
      Scottish Land & Estates today appealed for the new era of landownership in Scotland to herald the start of a 'rural concord' between government, communities and landowners. Speaking at Scottish Land & Estates’ annual conference in Edinburgh, chairman David Johnstone, said a 'sea-change in co-operation' could delive
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    • 25/05/2016 - Fraud Alert
      A potential fraud targeting farmers and crofters has been drawn to the attention of the Scottish Government today. Victims receive a phone call from a person claiming to be from an agricultural department of the government, advising them that they are due thousands of pounds in scheme payments. To receive their paymen
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    • 24/05/2016 - Ownership of Gallow Hill to transfer to Moffat community
        Moffat Community Woodlands and Annandale Estates are delighted to announce agreement to transfer ownership of Gallow Hill to the community.  Following considerable joint discussions and working between the two parties over the last year, and with the Scottish Land Fund [SLF] and Highlands and Islands Enterprise [HIE],
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    • 23/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 May 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 May 2016
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    • 20/05/2016 - Improving Public Access Scheme
      The application deadline for the Improving Public Access scheme is 31 May 2016.  Applications for the 2016 round cannot be accepted if submitted after this date and must be made separately from any other applications for the Agri- Climate Scheme. The Improving Public Access item is open to local authorities and administr
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    • 19/05/2016 - Gamekeeper Groups Highlight The Value of Muirburnin Tackling Wildfires
      Scottish moorland groups’ video showcases the benefits of heatherburning…watch here https://youtu.be/O8YOEjs1yvY Gamekeepers and estates in the north believe controlled muirburn will become an essential management tool to limit future devastating wildfires in Scotland, as the UK climate warms. While the public has
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    • 18/05/2016 - Commitment to rural Scotland in cabinet reshuffle welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates
      Scottish Land & Estates said today the Scottish Government had shown a welcome commitment to addressing the issues facing rural Scotland in its cabinet reshuffle today. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "In reorganising the rural affairs and other portfolios today, the First Minister has demonstr
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    • 16/05/2016 - Current consultations - 16 May 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 16/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 May 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 May 2016  
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    • 16/05/2016 - Wayleave Payments
      There has been an error in some of the May wayleave payment cheques issued to members in the SSE region. A batch of small value cheques have been issued in error. SSE has apologised for this error and has written to all affected landowners this week to explain the situation.  The correct cheques have been printed and these w
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    • 13/05/2016 - Labour's Ken Macintosh elected as Presiding Officer
      Labour MSP Ken Macintosh has been elected as the new Presiding Officer for the new term of the Scottish Parliament. As part of this role, Mr Macintosh has been required to renounce his party affiliation. SNP MSPs Christine Grahame and Linda Fabiani have been elected as Deputy Presiding Officers’, however they still retain t
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    • 13/05/2016 - Luss Estates gifts land in excess of £150,000 for family housing
        Following the launch of the Luss Strategic Development Framework in 2013, Luss Estates Company is pleased to announce a significant development in the delivery of new family housing in Luss.   Luss Estates has agreed to gift a parcel of land at School Road in Luss to Link Housing, enabling the building of five
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    • 12/05/2016 - Commission Updates Organic Agriculture Substances List
       The European Commission has updated its list of substances which can be used in organic farming in the EU, and simplified rules for adding to it in the future. The EU executive added 39 products to the list. Read more here.
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    • 12/05/2016 - Key Dates - SAF 2016
      Key Dates SAF 2016 Given that the system is working well for the majority of farmers, we continue to encourage all those who can, to submit their SAFs as soon as possible, and not to delay just because of the extension. The terms of the extension offered by the EU means that there is no separate penalty free peri
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    • 12/05/2016 - SAF deadline extended to June 15, 2016
        The Scottish deadline for submitting Single Application Forms (SAF) for farm funding has been extended by one month to June 15, 2016. It comes after the European Commission granted Member States the discretion to extend the application window again this year, in recognition of the challenges implementing the new, m
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    • 12/05/2016 - Crofting Commission sparks sharp criticism
      The Board of the Crofting Commission has appointed a Constable to replace the Grazings Committee of Upper Coll, Isle of Lewis, which has been out of office since 14 April this year. The Commissionsaid that, as the regulator, it is required by the Crofting (Scotland) Act 1993 to follow up allegations made by shareholders i
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    • 10/05/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 09 May 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 09 May 2016
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    • 06/05/2016 - SAF 2016 - Key Dates
      Key dates for submitting the Single Application Form (SAF) for this year: 16 May - deadline to submit your Single Application Form (including supporting documentation) without EU late claim reductions 31 May – deadline to let us know of any amendments to your Single Application Form without reductions being applied
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    • 06/05/2016 - ASULAM Available Again for 2016
      The Chemicals Regulation Directorate has issued an Emergency Authorisation that will allow asulam to be sold and transferred from 16 May 2016, and applied in the period 1 July - 12 September 2016.  There will be a use-up period until 31 October 2016, which will allow stocks to be applied or returned (if in unopened container
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    • 05/05/2016 - Article on Land Tenure and Benefit of Larger Estates
      In Issue 53 of Reforesting Scotland, Scott McG. Wilson argues that large rural estates in Britain retain some clear advantages for sustainable land management and ecological restoration.  Click on the article to read more:
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    • 03/05/2016 - Proposal to permit tail docking of working Spaniels and Hunt Point Retrievers
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the proposal to permit tail docking of working spaniels and hunt point retrievers [link here].  On the basis of evidence presented we have supported calls for a change in the current law to permit tail docking in certain circumstances.
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    • 29/04/2016 - Beef Efficiency Scheme launched
      The Beef Efficiency Scheme (BES), a five-year programme open to farmers and crofters to help improve the efficiency and genetic value of Scotland’s suckler beef herd, is open for applications. The window for applications will close on Tuesday 31 May 2016. In order to be eligible for BES customers must be: •   
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    • 29/04/2016 - Land Reform Bill becomes an Act
      The Land Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 22 April and now becomes the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. A commencement timetable for the various provisions is still to be finalised. The Act can be found here... and a briefing note on the provisions can be found here...
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    • 29/04/2016 - Landowners’ conference to focus on engagement and transparency in a new era for modern landownership
      The demand for more transparency over land ownership in Scotland will be at the heart of a landowners’ conference next month. The issue will be addressed at the Scottish Land & Estates’ spring conference in Edinburgh on May 25. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We have gone throug
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    • 28/04/2016 - Wild Fisheries Bill - Consultation Response
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Wild Fisheries Bill. The organisation has generally welcomed the proposals although has suggested some changes. It is vital that any new management regime continues to recognise the role of proprietors and ensures that local skills,
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    • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015 as Passed
      To read Scottish Land & Estates Briefing Note on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015 as Passed please click on the PDF  below.
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    • 26/04/2016 - Public asked to report rare hen harrier sightings
      The public is being asked to report any hen harrier sightings this year by the ‘Heads Up for Harriers’ project group. Run by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW Scotland), this is one part of the effort to help rare hen harriers. Hen harriers frequent many Scottish moors, where their acrobatic aeria
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    • 25/04/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 April 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 April 2016
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    • 21/04/2016 - Another step forward for Scottish woodlots
      Whilst land reform has been capturing political headlines in Scotland in recent years, a determined band of men and women have been quietly working away to actually deliver it on the ground – or rather, in the woods. A new model of woodland tenure which offers affordable access to woodland for woodsmen – woodlot licen
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    • 19/04/2016 - Scottish Labour propose new skills body in Scotland
      Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has announced plans to set up a new agency for employment and skills to help people get into work. This will be introduced in a Work and Trade Union Bill, establishing Skills Scotland. The agency would bring together existing bodies Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Enterprise
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    • 18/04/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 April 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 April 2016
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    • 16/04/2016 - Land Reform Bill update
      Scottish Land & Estates has approached the Scottish Government’s law officers asking them to ensure controversial agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill are fully compliant with human rights legislation. Scottish Land & Estates has written to the Lord Advocate asking law officers to examine
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    • 14/04/2016 - Fracking, Land use and Wildlife Crime at EnvironmentLINK Hustings
      Following last week’s rural hustings, this week EnvironmentLINK hosted Environment Matters 2016 hustings in the University of Edinburgh.  The Panel, moderated by journalist and LINK President, Joyce McMillan, included Sarah Boyack (L), Martin Veart (LD), Mark Ruskell (Greens), Heather Anderson (SNP, and Miles Briggs (C). 
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    • 14/04/2016 - Community Right to Buy
      The community right to buy in Part 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) as of today (Friday 15th) now applies across the whole of Scotland with the relevant provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015(“the 2015 Act”) coming into force, bringing urban land into its ambit. The co
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    • 13/04/2016 - New protocol agreed for national bird surveys
      The 2016 National Hen Harrier survey is the first to be done under a new protocol agreed between SNH, surveyors and Scottish Land & Estates, designed to improve the working relationship between land managers and organisations doing the survey work such as RSPB, BTO and the Scottish Raptor Study Groups. Paragraphs 9 -1
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    • 08/04/2016 - Big rural debate thrashes out array of rural issues
        Rural issues were brought to the fore of the Scottish election campaign at the National Rural Hustings this evening.   Hundreds of people with an interest in the rural economy and society turned out to quiz the five candidates from the main Scottish political parties, and hear their priorities if elected in th
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    • 05/04/2016 - Bringing rural issues to the fore at national hustings
        Rural stakeholders will present Scotland’s main political parties with key questions on how they will prioritise and take forward rural policies after May’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections at a national hustings event later this week.   Seventeen years on from the advent of devolution, this is the first t
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    • 04/04/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 04 April 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 04 April 2016.
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    • 04/04/2016 - Current consultations - 04 April 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 31/03/2016 - Crimestoppers Launches Rural Crime Campaign across Scotland
        Crimestoppers is asking the public to give information anonymously about rural crime in Scotland.   From today (31st March), the independent charity’s ‘Scene it Herd it’ campaign aims to highlight the crimes rural communities face and encourage the public to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the countryside.
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    • 29/03/2016 - Emergency services urge rural community to adopt geolocation apps
        Scotland’s emergency services have joined forces to encourage people living and working in rural areas to help them locate their exact position, in the event they call for help.    By downloading an app to their smartphone or smartwatch, they can give emergency call handlers their exact Ordnance Survey grid
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    • 29/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 29 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 29 March 2016
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    • 29/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 21-25 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 21-25 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 27/03/2016 - Addressing concerns over mountain hare culling
      Following recent publicity and commentary on mountain hare culling, The Sunday Herald today published this article by Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates.   Culling is a word that conjures up all sorts of images and, for most people, none of them very attractive. The mere mention of a seal, bad
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    • 24/03/2016 - Concern at drop in farm incomes
      The incomes of commercial farms in Scotland are estimated to have halved over the four years to 2014.    Estimates from the Scottish Government’s annual Farm Accounts Survey show that average farm business income fell by a quarter (£8,000) between 2013 and 2014, to £23,000; the lowest level of FBI since the meas
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    • 24/03/2016 - First national LFASS payments authorised
      The first nationally-funded farm support payments have now been authorised. The Scottish Government has earmarked more than £250 million from national funds to provide cash support while Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) claims are being processed. In an update this week, Mr Lochhead confirmed: National Less Favoured
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    • 24/03/2016 - Forum for the Future of Agriculture
      Despite other sad events in Brussels on Tuesday of this week, the Forum for the Future of Agriculture went ahead in the city.  Our Policy Officer, Anne Gray, attended the high level discussions about how agriculture can move to a position of sustainability.  Some major topics were explored, including population growth, food
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    • 23/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes new Scottish Land Fund committee announcement
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement on the new Scottish Land Fund Committee. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support community land ownership as part of a diverse range of publicly and pri
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    • 23/03/2016 - Hen Harrier death - appeal for information
      Following the reported death of a satellite-tagged hen harrier in the Cairngorms National Park area, Scottish Land & Estates has issued an appeal for information. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are saddened to hear about the death of a satellite tagged hen harrier so soon after fle
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    • 23/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates offers a cautious welcome to new Land Use Strategy
        Following the publication of the second Land Use Strategy by the Scottish Government, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement.   Andrew Midgley, Projects and Research Manager at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Throughout the last few years in the land reform process Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 22/03/2016 - National Living Wage
      Members are reminded that from 1 April the UK Government will introduce a new mandatory National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and above. The hourly rate for the NLW has been set at £7.20 per hour. The Agricultural Wage Order has been amended to reflect this. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00496581.pdf
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    • 22/03/2016 - Non-domestic Rates Review
      The First Minister has announced that Ken Barclay, former chair of RBS Scotland, is to lead the review of non-domestic rates. The remit of the group is to consider how the rates might respond to changing markets and support business growth and investment. The group will present their findings by summer 2017. http://news.s
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    • 22/03/2016 - Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming urges landlords and tenants to provide feedback on recent rent review practices
        The Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin, has called on landlords and tenants to help provide feedback on recent rent review practices around the country.   The move follows a number of cases where Joint Industry Guidance on conducting rent reviews does not appear to have been followed.  
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    • 22/03/2016 - Protection of Wild Mammals - Bonomy Review
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Bonomy Review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002. We believe the legislation is working in its current form and do not support any amendment at this time.  Our response can be found below.
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    • 21/03/2016 - Consultations - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
      A raft of consultations have now been announced by the Scottish Government in relation to the regulation making powers under the various parts of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, from community right to buy to participation requests.  Scottish Land & Estates will be responding to the consultations. Links to
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    • 21/03/2016 - Improving Public Access (IPA) Scheme opens for applications
      A second year of funding for Improving Public Access (IPA) opened for applications 21 March 2016. This is part of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme of the Scottish Rural Development Programme.  The IPA option aims to support new and upgraded paths for public use, to help to encourage outdoor activity by the public for
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    • 21/03/2016 - Discussion Paper on Conduct and Standards for Professionals Acting for Agricultural Landlords and Tenants
        The Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin, has called for a wide ranging debate about the role of agents following an amendment to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill.   The amendment was tabled in Parliament last week by Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment.
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    • 21/03/2016 - Nature of Scotland Awards 2016 – Call for Entries
        Nominations for the annual Nature of Scotland Awards are now open for this year! Launched in 2012, RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards continue to celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements in Scottish nature conservation.   The deadline for nominations is Monday 13 June 2016.    Th
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    • 21/03/2016 - Current consultations - 21 March 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 21/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 21 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 21 March 2016
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    • 21/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 14-18 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 14-18 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 18/03/2016 - Moorland Group appeals for greater understanding of hare culling
      The Scottish Moorland Group appealed today for better understanding of the culling of mountain hares which is carried out to ensure protection of species and habitat.   Legal culls have been undertaken recently but their portrayal by some as being unnecessary may have led to misunderstanding and concern amongst the p
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    • 18/03/2016 - Rural landlords likely to rethink letting following new Tenancies Bill
      New legislation on private housing tenancies is likely to lead to a major rethink by landlords on continuing to let properties, according to Scottish Land & Estates. The organisation, which represents suppliers of rural housing across Scotland, said that the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill by th
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    • 18/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07-11 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07-11 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 18/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 March 2016
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    • 18/03/2016 - National Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) Guidance
      The Scottish Government has published the guidance for this year’s national LFASS scheme. Due to the IT issues affecting farm payments, the Scottish Government has decided to make LFASS payments through a National scheme which does not need to meet such stringent audit requirements prior to paying the applicant. Since t
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    • 18/03/2016 - Sheep and Trees Initiative Launched
      The National Sheep Association has lent its support to the forestry sector’s idea that it could be commercially viable to combine the two land uses. At a launch at Lymiecleuch Farm, near Teviothead earlier this month, Forestry Commission Scotland announced that it wanted upland farmers to turn between five and 10% of any un
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    • 17/03/2016 - Open Farm Sunday Free Information Event in Scotland
        Monday 18th April 2016    1-3pm The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB   Join the Open Farm Sunday team for this special event which will look at the role you can play in promoting and supporting Scottish and British agricu
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    • 16/03/2016 - Rushed Land Reform Bill will damage rural Scotland
      Scottish Land & Estates says the Land Reform Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament will be damaging for rural Scotland. Whilst supporting areas such as increased transparency and community engagement, the organisation is clear that the Bill creates provisions which are likely to lead to years of uncertainty, questions ov
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    • 15/03/2016 - Landowners appeal for end to 'politics of confrontation' on land reform
      Scottish Land & Estates today appealed to the Scottish Parliament for an end to the ‘politics of confrontation’ on land reform and to embrace the major social, economic and environmental contribution land-based businesses make to rural life. As the Scottish Parliament prepares to debate the final stage of the Land Ref
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    • 14/03/2016 - Pollinator Strategy for Scotland
      Scottish Natural Heritage is consulting on a Pollinator Strategy for Scotland.  Scottish Land & Estate’s response was submitted earlier this week and can be found on our website.  We are on the whole supportive of the Strategy although we would like to see more done around education and awareness-raising, particularly aro
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    • 14/03/2016 - Berwickshire farm gains coveted Wildlife Estates Scotland accreditation
      A Berwickshire farm has become the latest rural business to be awarded coveted accreditation recognising its outstanding work on wildlife, habitat and conservation management. Wildlife Estates Scotland accreditation has been presented to Peter Leggate of Greenlawdean Farm, near Greenlaw. Demonstrating very i
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    • 14/03/2016 - Landowners make final appeal to government on tenancy changes
      Scottish Land & Estates has made an 11th hour plea to the Scottish Government to rethink damaging proposals for the tenant farming sector. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, has written to Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead and urged the Scottish Government to find a last-minute solution t
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    • 13/03/2016 - Response to Sunday Herald article on mountain hare cull
      The Scottish Moorland Group was contacted by the Sunday Herald on March 10, 2016, asking for a response to a story about a cull of mountain hares recently conducted in the Cairngorms.   The article appears in today's Sunday Herald (March 13, 2016). Our full response to the the journalist is reproduced below.
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    • 11/03/2016 - Sheep Farming Leaders see Forestry's Potential
      The National Sheep Association (NSA) and the NFUS have publicly agreed with foresters that integrating upland sheep farming and forestry can make commercial sense. At the meeting, Lymiecleuch farm owner Sir Michael Strang Steel took representatives of Scottish Government, Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), commercial for
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    • 11/03/2016 - Rural sector appeals for new tenancy bill to safeguard housing for employees
      Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland have appealed to Scottish Ministers to ensure that businesses have the ability to supply accommodation for employees in rural areas in forthcoming tenancy legislation. The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill is to be considered at Stage 3 by the Scottish Parliament on Thurs
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    • 10/03/2016 - Updated Tenant Information Pack
      Members should be aware that the Scottish Government has updated the Tenant Information Pack to take into account the provision for carbon monoxide alarms, electrical safety inspections and third party applications in respect of the repairing standard.  Landlords should ensure they provide tenants with the version on the Sco
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    • 10/03/2016 - SNH National Nature Reserve Management Consultations
        Scottish Natural Heritage currently have three open consultations to gather views on the management of three National Nature Reserves: Loch Leven, Hermaness and Caerlaverock. Scottish Land & Estates will not be responding to these consultations, but if any members in the areas concerned have views they would like to su
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    • 10/03/2016 - Police Scotland Step Up Fight Against Industrial Vehicle Thefts
        Mechanics and police officers from across Scotland are being brought up to speed on the CESAR (Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security Register) Marking Scheme to deter the theft of plant, agricultural and construction vehicles.   Statistics from the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit ind
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    • 10/03/2016 - Government finds £200M for BPS payments
      This week, after ongoing industry pressure, the Scottish Government announced that farmers and crofters still waiting for a direct subsidy payment at the end of March will receive a cash advance from the Scottish Government.   This is very welcome news. A range of factors came together to put pressure on the Scottish
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    • 09/03/2016 - MSPs Endorse New 'Support Scotland's Heritage' Campaign
      The tourist contribution of Scotland’s castles and stately homes was highlighted by the Historic Houses Association Scotland (HHAS) at a reception at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday (9 March) evening. Jamie McGrigor MSP and Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP,have endorsed HHAS’s new ‘Support Scotland’s Herit
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    • 08/03/2016 - Lady Laird - BBC doumentary
          A new BBC documentary following four women over the course of a year as they run their Scottish Highland estates and country houses was aired on Monday evening. If you missed it, you can catch-up with episode 1 on BBC iPlayer via the link below, and episode 2 will be broadcast on BBC 1 on Monday 14th Ma
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    • 07/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 March 2016.
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    • 07/03/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 29 February - 04 March 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 29 February - 04 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 07/03/2016 - Current consultations - 07 March 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 04/03/2016 - Council Tax
      The First Minister announced short term changes to local taxation post-election and longer term changes (dates unspecified).  The Council Tax is to be amended, not abolished and replaced and the current “freeze” is to end next year.  There are no plans for a general revaluation of domestic properties. The current sy
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    • 04/03/2016 - Additional Funding for Floodbank Repair Scheme
      Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead has announced that up to an additional £1 million will be made available to fund the Agricultural Floodbank Repair Scheme due to the level of demand from farmers who applied while the scheme was open in February. The additional funding is availabl
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    • 04/03/2016 - SRUC - SEPA Conference
      This week saw the latest SRUC-SEPA conference, which asked: “What Future for our Farming Systems?: Environmental Challenges and Integrated Solutions”. Staff from Scottish Land & Estates attended this conference which sought to encourage debate on the benefits to be gained from more sustainable resource use and greater
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    • 04/03/2016 - Basic Payments continue slowly
      As of 3 March, 9,755 applicants had received some funds as a first instalment, out of an expected population of 18,137 applicants (i.e. 54% of applicants). However, payments to these recipients amounted to £104M out of the total expected Basic and Greening payments budget of approx. £400M. So while over half of applican
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    • 04/03/2016 - LFASS Promise
      The Scottish Government has decided to create a new national scheme to ensure that LFASS payments are made in March. LFASS is usually co-funded by the Scottish Government and the EU, but to ensure that payment can be made on time, the Scottish Government are creating a separate national scheme that will use Scottish money
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    • 04/03/2016 - Loch Leven Nature Reserve Consultation
      SNH is running a 6 week consultation on the future management of Loch Leven National Nature Reserve in Kinrosshire from 5th March until 15th April. SNH manages most of the reserve under a series of agreements with landowners. The consultation will help to inform the final plan for which covers the management of the reserve fo
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    • 04/03/2016 - Peatland ACTION - what now?
        On Thursday of this week Scottish Land & Estates joined other invited participants to discuss how the very successful Peatland ACTION programme run by Scottish Natural Heritage should be taken forward.  Funds for the project are less certain going forward, despite it being recognised that the funding that has bee
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    • 04/03/2016 - Beyond Neonics Debate
           Scottish Land & Estates joined a debate organised by Scottish Wildlife Trust and held in Parliament this week on the use of neonicotinoids.  Because of fears of this group of pesticides effects on the bee pollution a number of groups, including Buglife who spoke at the debate, wish to see them banned.  However,
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    • 03/03/2016 - Rural Affordable Housing Fund
      We would like to make members aware that a new Rural Housing Fund has been launched by Scottish Government. The fund is designed to assist with the development of new affordable housing in rural areas. The fund can be used for both new-build housing and conversions. As well as the main fund there is also a feasibility fund to
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    • 01/03/2016 - Philiphaugh and Bowhill estates welcome visit by Calum Kerr MP
      Two Borders estates have showcased their agriculture, renewable energy, nature based tourism and community activities during a visit by Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP, Calum Kerr. Philiphaugh Estate and Bowhill Estate, both near Selkirk, hosted the visit by Mr Kerr, who is the SNP’s Lead Westminster Spokesperson
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    • 01/03/2016 - Livestock Worrying Initiative
      A three month Police Scotland campaign is being launched today (Tuesday 1st March) to raise awareness amongst dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying. The campaign will see Scottish Natural Heritage working with the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, a multi-agency partnership which includes Po
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    • 29/02/2016 - Joint industry guidance on the process of assignation and succession
        The Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming has released joint industry guidance on the process of assignation and succession.   The move follows the release of joint industry guidance on limited partnerships, negotiating and conducting rent reviews, agreeing and recording tenant’s improvements and negotiating fulfilm
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    • 29/02/2016 - Land Reform and Farm Tenancies
      Land Reform and Farm Tenancies By Robert Scott-Dempster, Head of Land and Rural Business, Gillespie Macandrew While the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill still has Stage 3 of the legislative process to complete, it is important to understand the magnitude of the amendment introduced during Stage 2 with the backing, amo
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    • 29/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 29 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 29 February 2016.
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    • 29/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 22-26 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 22-26 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 29/02/2016 - Kick-off for walking football in Scotland
        The launch of the Scotland’s first national Walking Football Network took place on Monday.  The project, which has been co-ordinated by Paths for All as  part of the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland strategy to encourage more people to undertake physical activity, has been endorsed by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Mi
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    • 26/02/2016 - Housing providers welcome rural housing fund but call for consistent policy from Government
        Scottish Land & Estates has warmly welcomed today’s launch of the Rural Housing Fund - but cautioned that a consistent private housing policy is still required to rejuvenate the sector.   The new fund, which totals £25 million, will assist the delivery of new long term affordable rural housing over three fi
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    • 24/02/2016 - Holiday Pay
      The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that, when calculating holiday pay, employers must take into account any “commission or similar payment” an employee would “normally” receive when working. Paying basic pay alone is unlawful. The judgment in British Gas v Lock, which left open what is meant by
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    • 24/02/2016 - Agri-Environment Climate Scheme Guidance
      There have been recent changes to AECS guidance published on Rural Payments and Services. These changes include:  ·         Key changes for AECS 2016 ·         Contract variations ·         An example of a completed management diary ·         Review process Please
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    • 24/02/2016 - Updated 2016 Greening Guidance
      Scottish Government has updated the Greening guidance for 2016. The main updates are: ·         more information on the previously-announced requirement to complete a nitrogen fertiliser and lime plan for permanent grassland, including guidance on the use of nitrogen fertiliser and an example of a nutrient pl
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    • 24/02/2016 - Scottish Government cash flow scheme
      The Scottish Government-backed loan scheme aimed at easing cash flow issues in Scottish agriculture opened this week. Farmers and crofters who’ve not yet received a first instalment and cannot access support from their bank will be able to apply to the Scottish Government for an interest-free cash advance worth of 60 pe
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    • 24/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates’ comment on wildlife crime penalties review group announcement
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government response, which has been published today, to the recommendations of the wildlife crime penalties review group. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said:  “We welcome the Scottish Government’s considered response to the review by Prof
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    • 23/02/2016 - Modern Apprenticeship for Scotland's rural environment now on offer
      A new Modern Apprenticeship in Rural Skills which has been developed by Sector skills council Lantra, is now on offer to people who want to become estate workers, rangers or conservation officers or progress into estate management. Designed for those working in landscape, habitats and species conservation, in public acces
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    • 22/02/2016 - Argyll & Bute Local Housing Strategy
      Argyll & Bute Council has published its draft Local Housing Strategy. The council are looking for comments on this by the end of March. 
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    • 22/02/2016 - Hutting Good Practice Guidance
      The Thousand Huts campaign launched a guide for planners, architects and prospective hut builders at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday. The document is designed to support the Scottish Planning Policy on huts and includes guidance on siting and location, services, and the land surrounding huts. It has a strong focus on pre
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    • 22/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 February 2016.
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    • 18/02/2016 - Draft Planning Advice - Housing and Infrastructure
      The Scottish Government has published the Draft Planning Delivery Advice on Housing and Infrastructure. This advice is designed to help with the preparation of development plans. The Scottish Government is seeking feedback on the draft by 31 March 2016. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/Roles/Scottish-
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    • 18/02/2016 - Solway Tweed River Basin Plan Approved
      SEPA has received approval from the UK Government to publish the cross-border Solway Tweed river basin management plan. It has been published on SEPA’s web pages alongside the Scotland plan.  River basin management plans set out the broad range of actions that will be taken to improve the water quality and physical condi
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    • 18/02/2016 - CAP 2020+ debated by European landowners
      Scottish Land & Estates’ Policy Officer, Anne Gray, travelled to Brussels earlier this week for the European Landowners' Organisation’s policy group meeting.  A major topic of conversation for the group was the likely shape of the CAP after 2020.  A draft paper has already been produced which outlines, within the contex
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    • 18/02/2016 - Successful Knowledge Transfer Innovation Projects Announced
      Five projects have been approved for funding through the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF). Grants will be awarded to the following projects: ·         QMS and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds – to establish nine innovative Monitor Farms across Scotland - £1.25M ·         SAC Commercial –
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    • 18/02/2016 - Joint industry letter regarding flawed analysis on sporting estates’ wages
      On February 15, 2016, a letter was sent by Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee regarding the level of wages being paid by sporting estates. The letter contains incorrect data and was publ
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    • 16/02/2016 - Employment
      The rates under the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 have been published and will come into effect in April 2016.  The Regulations have also increased the financial penalty payable by employers who underpay the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage from 100% to 200% of the underpayment due to each w
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    • 16/02/2016 - Ullapool pupils help cast the first flies of the 2016 salmon fishing season
      Pupils embarking on a rural skills qualification have joined Wester Ross anglers to open the 2016 salmon fishing season. The event at the River Broom, on the Inverbroom Estate, saw Ullapool High School pupils – who are studying their course at the nearby Leckmelm Farm – join to cast the first flies of the season.
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    • 15/02/2016 - Nominations open for 100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings
      In partnership with the 2016 FOA, SEDA are publishing 100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings, a hardback visual and written resource that demonstrates the diversity found in sustainable projects in Scotland. SEDA are looking for nominations for buildings and projects of any size, type and age, for a project with which one has be
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    • 15/02/2016 - Wild Mammals Review
      The Scottish Government announced a Review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 led by Lord Bonomy.  The review is to investigate the operation of the Act and whether it is providing sufficient protection for wild mammals while at the same time allowing for effective and humane control of mammals such as fox
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    • 15/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15 February 2016.
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    • 15/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 08-12 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 08-12 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • Land Reform Bill - End of Stage 2
      Wednesday saw the completion of the Stage 2 consideration of the Land Reform Bill. it was disappointing to hear concerns from many in the industry regarding the move from conversion to assignation so readily dismissed by both the Cabinet Secretary and some members of the Committee. A summary of the changes made at Stage 2
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    • 12/02/2016 - Farming Hardship Scheme
      Due to the delays in payments to farmers, Richard Lochhead has announced a £20 million scheme to enable farmers and crofters to access loans whilst waiting for their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments. Speaking at the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) annual conference in St Andrews, Mr Lochhead confirmed
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    • 12/02/2016 - Natural Flood Management Workshop
      Natural Flood Management Workshop Scottish Land & Estates yesterday attended a James Hutton Inst. Workshop on natural flood management.  The thought provoking day considered the barriers to implementing natural solutions to help alleviate flooding such as peatland restoration, grip blocking in the uplands, tree planting
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    • 11/02/2016 - Private Tenancies Bill - Stage 2
      The ICI Committee met on Wednesday for stage two of the Private Tenancies Bill. The debate was disappointing from a landlord’s perspective as there was very little recognition from MSPs of the landlord’s position. In particular, we believe there has been a failure to appreciate the importance of being able to regain posse
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    • 11/02/2016 - Amendments to Tenancy Bill will create significant problems for rural housing suppliers
      Scottish Land & Estates has said new amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill have the potential to create significant problems for the provision of rural homes. The Bill reached its Stage Two process when the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee met yesterday to discuss amendm
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    • 11/02/2016 - Tam Tod Award 2016
      NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR TOP YOUNG COUNTRY SPORTS PERSON 2016 Do you know an exceptional young country sportsperson, a hardworking pupil, enthusiastic student or amazing apprentice who deserves to have their achievements in country sports recognised? Background to the award Countryside Learning Scotland manage and pro
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    • 11/02/2016 - Scottish Country Sports Tourism Strategy - Consultation
      Based on the findings of the 2015 PACEC Report, 'Benefits and Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland', the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group has prepared a draft strategy for the sector.  To ensure the strategy is inclusive, your views and opinions as country sports businesses are being sought. This c
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    • 11/02/2016 - Code of Conduct for agents of landlords and tenants
      A stage 2 amendment to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today which specifies that the Tenant Farming Commissioner may bring forward a code of conduct for the agents of landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings.  The amendment was proposed by t
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    • 10/02/2016 - Big Farmland Bird Count at Scone Palace – 13 species recorded in 30 minutes
      This is the week of the annual Big Farmland Bird Count, a UK wide exercise organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, where farmers, landowners and land managers are encouraged to survey the wild birds on a part of their ground for a period of just 30 minutes. Dr Dave Parish, senior scientist with the Game & Wil
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    • 10/02/2016 - Scottish Rural Parliament - Building a manifesto for Rural Scotland
      The Scottish Rural Parliament is calling those who live and work in rural Scotland to get in touch with them to help them create a Manifesto for Rural Scotland. The Rural Parliament will be holding a launch event in Brechin on Friday 12th February at 7pm. Read more...
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    • 10/02/2016 - Landowners highlight fears for future of tenant farming sector
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that proposals by the Scottish Government to enable tenant farmers to ‘sell’ their tenancies will cause unprecedented damage to the tenant farming sector and fail to strike the right balance of property rights for landowners and farmers. The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Cli
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    • Latest Policy Update
        The latest policy update is now available here...  
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    • 08/02/2016 - Ground-breaking research project marks a turning point in the wildlife management debate
      Scottish Land & Estates has heralded a new report launched today as a ‘pivotal moment’ in resolving conflicts around predation. The Understanding Predation report, by Scotland’s Moorland Forum, was launched today by the Minister for Environment, Dr Aileen McLeod. The publication is the result of a year’s work by a
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    • 08/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 08 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 08 February 2016.
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    • 08/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 01-05 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 01-05 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 07/02/2016 - Moorland Group denounces ‘deeply flawed’ Hen Harrier report
        The Scottish Moorland Group today denounced a report by a raptor study group claiming that sporting estates had virtually exterminated hen harriers in the North-East of Scotland.   The report, which was published using data from Aberdeenshire and Moray, is deeply flawed and shows a lamentable lack of evidence
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    • 05/02/2016 - Tenants’ ‘distorted’ lobbying on key Land Reform Bill measure undermines farming
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that ‘distorted’ lobbying from a small group of tenant farmers for a measure that would give tenants the right to assign their tenancies for cash undermines Scottish farming. A group of 14 tenant farmers have claimed in a letter to the Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and
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    • 04/02/2016 - Justice Committee Explores Agricultural Crime
      This week saw the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, give evidence on agricultural crime to the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament. A briefing on agricultural crime can be found in the meeting papers here... The session in Parliament can be watched on Parliament TV here...
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    • 04/02/2016 - Croft house grants increase
      The level of grant support available to help crofters build and improve their homes is to be significantly increased. From April 1 this year, crofters will be able to apply for up to £28,000 under the new Croft House Grant Scheme – and up to £38,000 if they live in island and specified mainland communities. The th
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    • 04/02/2016 - Flood Funding Available
      Farmers affected by recent floods are now able to apply for a grant to help repair man-made floodbanks. The Agricultural Floodbank Repair Grant Scheme was announced by the First Minister earlier this year, with £1 million being set aside to fund the repair of man-made floodbanks on farms in nine local authorities: Dumfri
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    • 03/02/2016 - Scottish Government ‘jeopardising future of tenant sector’ with assignation plans
      Following today’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, during which agricultural holdings provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill were discussed, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates,
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    • 01/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 01 February 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 01 February 2016.
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    • 01/02/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 25-29 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 25-29 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 29/01/2016 - BBC Alba Great Estates - Kincardine Castle
      The latest episode of BBC Alba's Great Estates will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer until 11:55pm on Sunday 31st January.  This week's episode took an in-depth look at the workings of Kincardine Castle in North East Scotland. You can watch the episode here - www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06yfz2p/oighreachdan-na-hal
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    • 29/01/2016 - Proposed LBTT supplement on additional residential homes
      In the Draft Budget 2016-17 the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, announced that the Scottish Government will introduce legislation which, if passed by the Scottish Parliament, will introduce a Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) supplement from 1 April 2016 on purchases of additiona
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    • 29/01/2016 - Agri-environment decisions being notified; new scheme opening
      Mr Lochhead has advised that final decisions have been made and applicants will be notified as from today 29 January 2016. We know that approximately 600 applications went forward for approval, but have yet to be provided with numbers of successful applications. The scheme for this year will now open.
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    • 29/01/2016 - Basic Payments - Updated from Lochhead - uncertainty remains for many
      Richard Lochhead has provided a briefing to industry stakeholders setting out the state of play with regard to basic payments. He had stated his intention was to make two payments with the first by the end of January. In the briefing he explained that, as many will know, this ambition had not been met. So far, of the appr
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    • 29/01/2016 - Scottish Government’s tenant farming proposal will ‘betray’ sector
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that new proposals by the Scottish Government to enable tenant farmers to ‘sell’ their tenancies will be a generational betrayal of the tenanted sector and therefore of Scottish agriculture. The Scottish Government has tabled an amendment to the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill that will
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    • 29/01/2016 - Conservation Consultation Response
      Scottish Land & Estates has today responded to MEP, Ian Duncan’s, call for views on the Birds and Habitats Directives which are currently being reviewed by Europe.  Our letter to Mr Duncan can be found below.  We have a meeting with Mr Duncan in February to discuss these issues in more detail.
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    • 29/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Responds to Land Use Strategy Consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates has said that building positive relationships with land managers is key to Scotland’s future land use. Submitting views today on the Scottish Government’s consultation on an updated Land Use Strategy, Scottish Land & Estates has emphasised the need to build bridges with land managers rather tha
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    • 29/01/2016 - Farming income falls for second year in a row
      Total income from farming fell in both 2014 and 2015, meaning that for only the second time since the 1990s it has fallen in two consecutive years. Latest Total Income from Farming Estimates for Scotland 2013-2015 show income fell by nine per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year, and initial estimates for 2015 sugge
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    • 28/01/2016 - Additional Homes Supplement
        The Land and Buildings Transactions Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill has been published by the Scottish Parliament.  The Bill and accompanying documents can be found here...  In the Draft Budget 2016-17 the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, announced that the Scottish Governmen
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    • 27/01/2016 - Extension Of Pentland Hills Regional Park rejected
      The Scottish Parliament this week voted down a private member’s bill brought forward by Christine Grahame, MSP.  The Bill proposed extending the Pentland Hills Regional Park to include the whole of the Pentland Hills range.  However the proposal did not demonstrate demand for the extension nor, crucially, identify funding
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    • 27/01/2016 - NO Extension to Pentland Hills Regional Park The Right Decision
      ISSUED BY NFU SCOTLAND JOINTLY WITH SCOTTISH LAND ANDS ESTATES NFU Scotland (NFUS) and Scottish Land & Estates have welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s decision to vote down proposals to extend the Pentland Hills Regional Park. Representing farmers and land managers, both organisations had highlighted fears that the
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    • 26/01/2016 - Parliament urged to oppose Government on flawed sporting rates plan
        Press release issued on behalf of the Scottish Association for Country Sports, The Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group and Scottish Land & Estates.   Shooting and land management organisations today appealed to the Scottish Parliament to put ‘jobs and businesses’ first in the debate over the re-introduct
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    • 26/01/2016 - Self Help Guide to Rent Reviews Issued
        The Scottish Government’s Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming has issued a new self help guide ahead of spring 2016 rent reviews on tenanted farms across Scotland.   The guide has been shaped by advice from a number of industry stakeholders.   It aims to provide both landlords and tenants with a s
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    • 26/01/2016 - Landowners welcome Loch Lomond camping measures
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to regulate camping in several areas around the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Following an extensive public consultation conducted last year, Scottish Land & Estates said that it was only right that new measures were introduced to cha
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    • 25/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 January 2016.
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    • 25/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 18-22 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 18-22 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 22/01/2016 - Reports out on Land Use Pilots
      In 2013 the Scottish Government initiated two regional land use pilot projects in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Borders to test an innovative approach to land use decision-making. An independent evaluation was carried out in parallel with the pilot projects to consider the processes of developing and managing the projects as
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    • 22/01/2016 - Have your say on Greening direct to the EU Commission
      The EU Commission is running a consultation on the implementation of CAP Greening and members are encouraged to respond. The Consultation entitled “Public consultation on the experience with the first year of implementation of greening obligations under the direct payment scheme (CAP)” runs from 15 December 2015 to 8
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    • 22/01/2016 - AECS approval/rejection letters
      There has been a delay with sending out the AECS approval and rejection letters for the 2015 scheme. The government says that this has partly been due to the complexity of the new CAP reforms, the extended application window, and their subsequent impact on our normal procedures and processing times.  However it also refl
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    • 22/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Urges Housing Minister To Think Again Over Lack Of Grounds To Provide Homes For Employees
      The principle of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, stage 1, which was debated in the Scottish Parliament yesterday afternoon (Thursday 21 January), has been well supported by landlords’ and tenants’ representatives as well as all political parties. However, Scottish Land & Estates urges the Housing Mini
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    • 22/01/2016 - Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill
      The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee published their stage 1 report at the end of last week and the stage 1 debate was held in Parliament on Tuesday. The Scottish Government remains confident that the right balance has been struck between security for tenants and safeguards for landlords. We remain committed to
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    • 22/01/2016 - Renewables Non-Domestic Rates
        This week Scottish Land & Estates has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing regarding the removal of rates relief for renewable energy schemes, unless they are in community ownership. Mr Ewing has been a strong supporter of the Scottish renewables sector particularly when Westminster has been less so. We have express
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    • 21/01/2016 - CAP Simplification Update
      Commissioner Phil Hogan announced this week in Strasbourg a set of new measures on administrative penalties as part of the CAP simplification process. It consists of three important elements: 1.Preliminary checks of aid applications The legal basis for the preliminary checks have recently been published and hence, al
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    • 20/01/2016 - Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill
      The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee published their stage 1 report at the end of last week and the stage 1 debate was held in Parliament on Tuesday. The Scottish Government remains confident that the right balance has been struck between security for tenants and safeguards for landlords. We remain committed to
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    • 20/01/2016 - Scottish Government move 49 amendments as the second committee stage of the Land Reform Bill begins
      At the first Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee meeting of Stage 2 of the Land Reform Bill, the Scottish Government moved 49 amendments with the aim of further strengthening the Land Reform Bill. Read more ...
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    • 20/01/2016 - Planning Review Online Forum
      As part of the ongoing review of the planning system the Scottish Government has launched an online forum for anyone with an interest in the Scottish planning system to discuss their thoughts and ideas. The forum is open until the 8th February. https://ideas.scotland.gov.uk/independent-review-of-planning
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    • 20/01/2016 - Regulation of Letting Agents
      Analysis of the consultation on a draft statutory code of practice and training requirements has been published by Scottish Government and The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016, which sets out the draft Code, were laid in the Scottish Parliament on Monday (18th January). Scottish Land & Estates welcom
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    • 20/01/2016 - Landowners appeal for legislation that prevents enforced sale of well managed land
      Measures to prevent the enforced sale of well-managed land under forthcoming land reform legislation are of paramount importance, landowners have said. Scottish Land & Estates made the appeal to parliamentarians as the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee began the Stage 2 process of the Land Refor
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    • 19/01/2016 - Moray landowner 'Helping it Happen' with 100 acre charity land gift
        A Moray landowner who has gifted 100 acres of land and buildings to help a charity construct a centre for outdoor learning is yet another example of how private landowners are playing a vital role in their communities, Scottish Land & Estates has said.   Mark Tennant, the owner of the Innes Estate, has made th
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    • 18/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 January 2016
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 January 2016.  
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    • 18/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11-15 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11-15 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 15/01/2016 - Landowners appeal for future of tenant farming to be safeguarded in Land Reform Bill
      Proposed Scottish Government changes to the legislation are a ‘major threat’ to the sector. Right of tenants and landlords can be protected without destructive ‘last minute’ changes. Scottish Land & Estates said today that proposed changes to the Land Reform Bill by the Scottish Government posed a majo
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    • 14/01/2016 - Written Evidence - Proposed Stage 2 Amendment relating to Section 79 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill
      Scottish Land & Estates has provided written evidence to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the Scottish Government’s Proposed Stage 2 Amendment relating to Section 79 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Our full response can be found in the PDF below.
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    • 14/01/2016 - Scottish estates open letter to Richard Lochhead
      A number of Scottish estates have written an open letter to Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, expressing their concern about the proposal to enable tenants to assign their tenancies to new secure tenants and the widening of rights to succeed to secure tenancies:   Dear Cabinet Secretary LAND REFORM (SCOTLAND) B
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    • 14/01/2016 - Hutting Consultation
        Members are reminded that the Scottish Government is currently consulting on amending the building standards for the construction of huts and bothies. The consultation ends on 12th February. If you would like to feed in to this consultation please contact Katy Dickson at HQ. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/digital-comm
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    • 14/01/2016 - Views sought on land reform bill amendments
      The RACCE Committee has called for evidence on amendments to specific agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform Bill. Written submissions should be provided electronically in MS Word format to landreformbill@scottish.parliament.uk by midday on Friday 15 January. Details of amendments to the agricultural holdings pro
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    • 14/01/2016 - What do you know of 'ecosystem services'?
      Do you feel it is a valuable concept? How should it be used and communicated? As the concept is increasingly integrated into policy across Europe, the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, is investigating perceptions of ecosystem services. Regardless of whether you work with the co
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    • 14/01/2016 - The Scotland Bill - Briefing Note
        The Secretary of State for Scotland made a keynote speech on the Scotland Bill this week. A briefing note to the Bill as it stands can be found below.  
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    • 14/01/2016 - UK Game Shoots Urged to Heed French Bird Flu Outbreak
      Scottish Land & Estates is one of a group of organisations urging their members to pay heed to a developing outbreak of Bird Flu in SW France. Although the disease has so far only been reported in kept flocks of geese, ducks and poultry, the resultant EU control measures could affect the import of gamebird eggs, chicks and po
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    • 14/01/2016 - Hill tracks - is prior notification working effectively?
      A year after the new planning regulations were introduced for agricultural and forestry track construction, the Government is meeting its commitment to review the process.  Independent consultants are now conducting a survey of how it is working for applicants and agents.  This is the opportunity to have your say. Irons
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    • 12/01/2016 - Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey
      Members encouraged to complete the Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey  The SAAVA/CAAV 2015 Scottish Agricultural Land Occupation Survey is now out for completion and we would encourage members to take part. This Survey is one of the key sources of data as to what is actually happening on the ground and will
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    • 12/01/2016 - Avian influenza
      Scottish poultry producers are being urged to stay vigilant following an outbreak of avian influenza in Fife. A suspect case of avian influenza has been identified in chickens on a farm in Dunfermline. Laboratory tests have identified a very mild strain of the H5N1 virus and a humane cull of almost 40,000 birds has no
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    • 11/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates’ statement on flood action plan announcement
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of an action plan to bolster flood protection. Launched by Environment Minister Aileen McLeod, the Flood Risk Management Plan contains 14 local strategies and proposals for 42 flood protection schemes or engineering works planned for 20
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    • 11/01/2016 - Commercial dog walkers code of practice - your views wanted
      In 2016 the Kennel Club will publish its first UK-wide Code of Practice for Commercial Dog Walkers, as part of its wider work to set and raise standards to benefit land managers, dog owners and canine welfare alike. To ensure the Code of Practice is as well-informed as possible, the Kennel Club is currently running an on
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    • 11/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 January 2016.
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    • 11/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05-08 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05-08 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 08/01/2016 - The Oxford Farming Conferences kick start the year
        The Oxford Farming Conference is always a highlight of the agri-political calendar and this week’s conference was no exception. The conference represents an opportunity for many in the industry to come together to discuss some of the key issues. High up on the agenda was the impact of a possible “Brexit”
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    • 07/01/2016 - Registers of Scotland consultation on Keeper Induced Registration
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Registers of Scotland consultation on Keeper Induced Registration. We have highlighted our concern for the integrity and accuracy of the Land Register for landowners across Scotland and specifically in rural areas. Our full response can be found below
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    • 07/01/2016 - Current consultations - 07 January 2016
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 05/01/2016 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 January 2016
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 January 2016.
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    • 23/12/2015 - The Big Farmland Bird Count - can you beat the trend?
      Since 2008 Scotland's index of farmland bird numbers has fallen. But many farmers are bucking the trend, making great efforts to give bed and breakfast to hungry songbirds. By taking part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Big Farmland Bird Count which takes place between 6 and 14 February 2016 Scotland’s farmers can
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    • 22/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates' statement on Scottish Agricultural Wages Board announcement
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to today’s announcement that the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is to continue performing its current functions. The decision was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food & Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, following a review and public consultation. It was believed
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    • 22/12/2015 - FARMING CONFERENCE WILL BE TIME WELL SPENT
      Scotland’s farmers and their professional advisors are set to be given a vision of how their agri-businesses look, and could look, from the other side of the farmgate when the annual Farming Scotland Conference takes place on 4th February 2016. An international machinery manufacturer, a successful dairy entrepreneur
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    • 22/12/2015 - VAT and Temporary Employees
      Farms and rural businesses that hire temporary staff through an agency have had the status of VAT charged on that supply confirmed in the case of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) v Adecco.  The First Tier Tribunal has ruled against Adecco and found that the element of its charges to clients relating to the wages of temporary work
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    • 22/12/2015 - Agricultural Crime Prosecution Policy
      Prosecution policy for agricultural crime has been updated to better recognise the financial and emotional impact of such crime on individuals and rural businesses. The policy reinforces the Crown Office approach to crimes such as the theft of farm vehicles, machinery, equipment, fuel and livestock; vandalism and fire-rai
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    • 17/12/2015 - Quicker Decision Time for Housing Developments
        The Scottish Government has published their latest quarterly statistics on average decision times for major and local housing developments. In quarter two (July to September) the average decision time for both major and local developments have decreased. Average local development decision time is at its lowest since re
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    • 17/12/2015 - Delay in introduction of regulation of letting agents
      The introduction of the regulation of letting agents has been delayed by a year due to budget changes. The code of practice will still be laid in parliament in January as per the primary legislation requires with the training requirements developed thereafter. The two are expected to come into force in late 2017 or early 2018
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    • 17/12/2015 - Delay in First Tier Tribunal Hearing PRS Cases
      Due to budget reassignment although the first tier housing tribunal will still be established at the end of 2016, it will not begin hearing PRS cases until the end of 2017. This year long delay will result in private housing dispute cases remaining with the Sheriff courts in the interim. Considering the promised benefits of a
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    • 17/12/2015 - Feed-in Tariff Review Report
      DECC has published a report on the review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme. After lobbying on this matter, we are delighted that pre-accreditation will be reintroduced from 8February 2016 for solar PV and wind generators over 50kW and all hydro and anaerobic digestion generators, giving developers some certainty of the fundin
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    • 17/12/2015 - Moorland managers’ statement on RSPB birds of prey report
      Following publication of a new report by RSPB Scotland on the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland, Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “The most striking fact about bird of prey deaths in Scotland is that they declined over the last 20 years and have fallen dramatically over the last five yea
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    • 17/12/2015 - Latest survey shows declining pearl mussel numbers
        Freshwater pearl mussels may now be extinct from several rivers in Scotland, a major new survey from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has confirmed.   Scotland has 114 rivers and burns that continue to support many of the world's most important remaining populations of freshwater pearl mussels. The species is o
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    • 16/12/2015 - Landowners’ statement on parliamentary land reform debate
      Following the debate in the Scottish Parliament today on Stage One of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “It was made abundantly clear from criticism made during the debate today that the Scottish Government
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    • 16/12/2015 - Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill
      Pentland Hills Regional Park Bill Committee’s Stage 1 report states that it does not support the general principles of the Bill and recommends that it is not agreed to at Stage 1.  The Scottish Parliament will still have to debate the Bill at stage 1 in early 2016, when it will vote whether to reject or agree to the Bi
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    • 14/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 December 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 December 2015.
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    • 14/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07-11 December 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07-11 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 14/12/2015 - Industry bodies launch guidance on landlord's and tenant's obligations
        Industry bodies representing agricultural landlords and tenants from across Scotland have today launched new guidance aimed at encouraging timely fulfilment of obligations by both landlords and tenants.    The move follows the issuing of similar guidance by the NFUS, SLE and STFA in relation to limited partne
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    • 11/12/2015 - Remote Rural Areas offered Satellite Broadband
        About 300,000 homes and businesses with an internet connection slower than 2Mbps will be able to claim £350 towards the installation of a free satellite dish, connection and a year’s subscription.   Thousands of farm businesses in remote areas of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with some of the worst
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    • 11/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Express Concerns Over Lynx Reintroduction Proposal
      The consequences of reintroducing lynx to Scotland have yet to be fully understood, landowners have warned. The concerns were raised by Scottish Land & Estates as part of a national consultation conducted by the Lynx UK Trust, an organisation that wants to reintroduce Eurasian lynx to areas in Aberdeenshire, Argyll and th
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    • 10/12/2015 - Upgrade to Tree Alert pest reporting tool
      Tree Alert, the Forestry Commission's on-line tool for reporting suspected tree pests and diseases of concern, has had an upgrade. Dr John Morgan, Head of the Commission's Plant Health Service, explained,  "Tree Alert has been a valuable tool for forestry and other tree professionals and people with knowledge of tree
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    • 10/12/2015 - Current consultations - 10 December 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 07/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 December 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 December 2015.
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    • 07/12/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 November - 04 December 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 November - 04 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 04/12/2015 - Landowners' Statement On Stage One Report On Land Reform Bill
        Following the publication today of the Stage One report on the Land Reform Bill by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Climate Change Committee, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The Land Reform Bill, as it stands, will h
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    • 03/12/2015 - Environmental LINK debate land use & reform
      A panel of five MSPs were invited by Scottish Environment LINK to discuss land use and land reform  on Tuesday evening in Edinburgh.  Scottish Land & Estates also attended the interesting and thought provoking event.   Views that the land reform debate should sit in the wider context of what as a society we want
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    • 03/12/2015 - First meeting of Scotland's Peatland Group
      The first meeting of Scotland’s new Peatland Group took place on Tuesday of this week.  The Group is hosted by SNH and includes a range of stakeholders from land management representative s including Scottish Land & Estates.    The Group will take forward an action plan aimed at delivering the ambitions outline
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    • 02/12/2015 - Landowners call for evidence on rent reviews, not speculation
        Following the publication of a statement by the Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Associations, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.   David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “There is no evidence that landlords are trying to increase rents ahead of the Land Reform Bill being
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    • 02/12/2015 - Landowners welcome review of planning system
        Ensuring flexibility in rural planning policies should be a key tenet of future changes to Scotland’s planning system, landowners have said.   Scottish Land & Estates has made the request in evidence submitted to the Scottish Government’s independent panel appointed to review the planning system.  
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    • 02/12/2015 - Final reminder for 2015 water abstraction data returns
        Licence holders who have abstracted water for irrigating crops and fields during 2015, are being reminded that data returns should be submitted to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) before 31 December 2015.    Data returns are a mandatory requirement for licence holders, to ensure over abstract
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    • 27/11/2015 - Rottal Estate achieves Wildlife Estates Scotland Accreditation
      Owner Dee Ward was given the WES certificate for Rottal Estate in Glen Clova, Angus by Graeme Dey MSP at a Parliamentary reception at Holyrood on Tuesday evening.  The estate has been brought back through more than a decade of hard work and investment, and is well regarded in the area for its innovative best practice ap
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    • 27/11/2015 - Wanted: Winter Sightings of Hen Harriers
      The PAW Scotland led “Heads Up for Harriers” project is asking the public to help by reporting sightings of Hen Harriers through the winter to find out more about where they go and threats to their survival.  Douglas McAdam, CEO, said: “Scottish Land & Estates is an active member of both PAW Scotland and the Heads
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    • 27/11/2015 - Sustaining Scotland’s Moorlands; The role of sporting management in sustaining our upland ecosystems
      The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a comprehensive “living document” to draw together its deep knowledge and ideas on moorland management issues, as a guide to private sector management and public policy.  It is endorsed by the Scottish Moorland Group and includes a Foreword from the Chairman, Andrew H
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    • 27/11/2015 - LANDOWNERS STATEMENT ON THE ANDREW STODDART CASE
      Scottish Land & Estates today welcomed the agreement between Mr Andrew Stoddart and the Colstoun Trust. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: " We are pleased that agreement has been reached between the Trust and Mr Stoddart and we are aware there was a willingness on the part of the landlord to dea
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    • 26/11/2015 - New Zero Waste Scotland Funding Opportunity - Litter Prevention
      Zero Waste Scotland has developed a series of communication materials to target a variety of audiences.  A brochure is available at the fund website (http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/litter-communications-capital-grant-programme-1lf003-500)  with options and suggestions to tailor litter communications to issues i
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    • 26/11/2015 - Account for Nature says HRH
      This year’s World Forum on Natural Capital, held in Edinburgh this week, focussed on the urgent need for all businesses worldwide to account for their environmental impacts as part of their normal business reporting.  Some great examples came from luxury brand manufacturer Kering, carpet manufacturer Desso, Jacobs from the
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    • 26/11/2015 - Step up for Productive Broadleaves
      Forest Enterprise Scotland is stepping up its focus on native broadleaved trees in a long-term programme to improve the quantity and quality of Scottish hardwood coming to market. The move comes in recognition of the fact that Scotland’s national forest estate has a hardwood timber resource which is under-used, offering
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    • 26/11/2015 - Statement on behalf of Mr Andrew Stoddart & The Trustees of The Colstoun Trust
      Statement on behalf of Mr Andrew Stoddart and The Trustees of The Colstoun Trust Mediation has taken place between Andrew Stoddart and the Trustees. Representatives of the Scottish Government were in attendance but have not accepted liability for claims already intimated to them by either Mr Stoddart or the Trustees and d
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    • 25/11/2015 - Landowners appeal for industry to avoid 'phoney war' on fixed term tenancies
        Scottish Land & Estates urges landlords to give maximum time and certainty to tenants.   Scottish Land & Estates today appealed to the agricultural industry to avoid being dragged into a ‘phoney war’ over fixed term tenancies that could jeopardise the future of the tenanted sector.   The landowner
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    • 24/11/2015 - Farmers are key partners in protecting biodiversity
        Scottish Land & Estates today called for unprecedented partnership-working with farmers to help halt the decline in biodiversity.   The landowners’ organisation said that European directives to protect and improve biodiversity cannot on their own safeguard particular species and habitats.   Followin
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    • 24/11/2015 - The birds fly high
      81 and flying – that is the number of bird species thriving on Scotland’s grouse moors.   The vast range of birds either breeding or feeding on land managed by gamekeepers is revealed today by a report on wildlife studies carried out on key grouse moors.   The report was publicised at a reception at the
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    • 23/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 November 2015.
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    • 23/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16-20 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16-20 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 20/11/2015 - Angus Glens Estates set to help wildcat
      Following meetings this week between members of the Angus Glens Moorland Group and Wildcat Action’s Project Officer for the area, a number of estates are set to assist with a camera trapping project next year.  The Scottish Wildcat is critically endangered and Wildcat Action, which is funded through Heritage Lottery money,
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    • 19/11/2015 - Landowners' statement on wildlife crime penalties review
        Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "Scottish Land & Estates and its members support stringent penalties for those convicted of wildlife crime offences and this report from Wildlife Crime Penalties Review Group does send a powerful signal to anyone involved in crimes from poaching and cour
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    • 16/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 November 2015
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    • 16/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 09-13 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 09-13 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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    • 12/11/2015 - Carbon Monoxide detector reminder
      Members are reminded that any new tenancy from 1st December must have appropriate carbon monoxide detection in place. All tenancies must have the detectors installed by December 2016. A members' information sheet is available here and the Scottish Government has published statutory guidance.
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    • 12/11/2015 - Electrical testing requirement reminder
      Members are reminded that any new tenancy from the 1st December must have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and all appliances supplied by the landlord must be PAT tested. All let properties must have completed these tests by December 2016 and the test must be renewed at least every five years. A me
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    • 12/11/2015 - Landlord representatives raise concerns at Scottish Parliament committee
        Organisations representing private landlords and investors today appeared before the Scottish Parliament to continue to urge the Infrastructure and Capital Investment committee to work with the private rented sector to create the policies that will protect both tenants and landlords as well as urging reconsideration of
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    • 11/11/2015 - Grandfather rights to cease
        At present the regulations allows anyone born before 31 December 1964, to use pesticides which have been authorised for professional use either on their own or their employer’s land, without having to hold a certificate of competence, as long as they are suitably trained and competent for their job. This exemption is
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    • 11/11/2015 - Lantra Land-based and aquaculture learner of the year
        Your nominations needed for Lantra's Learner of the Year Awards!   Lantra Scotland’s learner of the year awards recognise the hard work and achievements of individuals, employers and training providers within the land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries across the country and provide
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    • 10/11/2015 - Historic Houses Association for Scotland strongly welcomes independent study
        Historic Houses make a major economic, cultural and social contribution to the Scottish economy worth millions of pounds per year, according to a definitive new study published today.   The Historic Houses Association (HHA) commissioned an independent study into the economic, cultural and social contribution o
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    • 10/11/2015 - Tenant Farmer Not Being Made Homeless
      10/11/15 Tenant farmer not being made homeless (Issued on behalf of The Colstoun Trust) The Colstoun Trust, which owns Colstoun Mains Farm in East Lothian issued the following statement today. Francis Ogilvy, factor of the Colstoun Estate, said: "The portrayal of Mr Andrew Stoddart and his family being evi
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    • 09/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 09 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 09 November 2015
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    • 09/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 02-06 November 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 02-06 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 06/11/2015 - Private Housing Tenancies Events
      Katy Dickson who was joined by Clare Dunlop from Turcan Connell hosted 3 events this week in Inverness, Perth and Edinburgh to inform members about the new Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament.  Katy spoke about the Bill while Clare gave members an update on variou
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    • 04/11/2015 - Landowners welcome continued commitment to vibrant tenanted sector
      Following today’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the Cabinet Secretary’s continued commitment to creating a vibrant tena
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    • 04/11/2015 - A further statement has been issued by the Coulston Trust
      STATEMENT Issued by the Trustees of the Colstoun Trust The Trustees and Mr Stoddart are both victims of illegal legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2003. It is for Scottish Ministers to make good the losses which have been caused to both parties. The Trustees today call upon Scottish Ministers to med
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    • 03/11/2015 - Ullapool estate owner recognised for exceptional commitment to rural skills education
      An estate owner from the West Highlands has been recognised for her outstanding work in preserving and promoting rural skills education at an awards presentation at the Scottish Parliament. Lucy Beattie, who owns Leckmelm Estate near Ullapool, was presented with the Scottish Land & Estates’ Highland region ‘Helping It
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    • 02/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 02 November 2015
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 02 November 2015  
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    • 02/11/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 02/11/2015 - Landowners appeal for confidence and stability in tenant farming sector
      Scottish Land & Estates today appealed for confidence and stability to be restored to Scotland’s tenant farming sector. A range of new measures relating to tenant farming are proposed in the Land Reform Bill and there have been a number recent of calls for the Scottish Government and Parliament to be even more radical i
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    • 30/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes more targeted control of salmon
      Scottish Land & Estates has submitted its views on how best to introduce controls on wild salmon stocks. The Scottish Government, through Marine Scotland, has introduced a number of new proposals which will see salmon stocks measured annually to determine their sustainability. Where stocks are deemed to be above a defined
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    • 29/10/2015 - SEPA Enforcement Policy and Guidance
      Scottish Land & Estates has this week responded to the latest SEPA consultation aimed at implementing aspects of the Better Regulation agenda.  SEPA were consulting on their new Policy and Guidance documents setting out how they will undertake enforcement action.  The new policy highlights that SEPA can follow a number of r
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    • 29/10/2015 - Pentland Hills Park extension evidence session
      Policy Officer, Anne Gray, gave evidence at Holyrood this week to the Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill Committee.  Backing up our written evidence, Anne told the Committee she was unaware of public demand for the extension and that she strongly believed that funding for the extension needed to be clearly identified
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    • 29/10/2015 - International speakers lined up for the UK Wildfire Conference in Glasgow in November
      The man in charge of battling one of the biggest wildfires in California’s history will share his experiences with delegates from across the UK and Europe at the UK Wildfire Conference 2015 – Prevention Better Than Cure, hosted by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and with their partners in the Scottish Wildfire For
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    • 29/10/2015 - Progress Towards Meeting the Interim Climate Target
      The Scottish Government have published a report on progress towards meeting the interim target as outlined in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.  The interim target is a 42 per cent reduction in 2020 from a 1990 Baseline and the 2050 target is an 80 per cent reduction from the 1990 Baseline.  The report suggest
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    • 29/10/2015 - Scottish Government Miss Annual Climate Target Again
      The fourth report on the Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 reveals that the target has been missed.  In 2013, the Net Scottish Emissions Account figure, after adjustment for EU ETS allowances, was 49,724,807tCO2e. This means that the statutory 2013 targe
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    • 29/10/2015 - Farm census reveals big drop in poultry & potatoes
      The latest set of figures on farming in Scotland shows large falls in the number of chickens and in the area growing potatoes over the last year.  There were small increases in the number of cattle, sheep and pigs, though there was a sharp decrease in the number of poultry. The increase in cattle numbers was of less than
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    • 29/10/2015 - Details of forestry research programmes published
      The Forestry Commission has published details of the seven research programmes which will implement the current Science & Innovation in Forestry Strategy for Great Britain over the next four years.  The strategy and its constituent research programmes are designed to meet the priority needs of the British forestry sector
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    • 27/10/2015 - Industry bodies launch new guidance on tenant's improvements
        Leading organisations representing landlords and tenants from across the country have today (27 October) launched new guidance on agreeing and recording tenant financed investments on farms in Scotland.    The move follows similar initiatives by the NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Tenan
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    • 26/10/2015 - Statement Issued by the Colstoun Trust
      The following statement has been given to Scottish Land & Estates by the Trustees of the Colstoun Trust to provide clarification of the factual position surrounding Colstoun Mains Farm.   The Colstoun Trust, which owns Colstoun Mains Farm in East Lothian, has provided the following statement to Scottish Land & Estate
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    • 26/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 26 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 26 October 2015
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    • 26/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 19 - 23 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 19 - 23 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 23/10/2015 - SEPA Compliance Scheme to focus on major breaches
      Scottish Land & Estates has this week responded to SEPA’s latest consultation on its Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS).  We were happy to support SEPA’s main aim of refocusing effort on those making major breaches of legislation, rather than concentrating overly on those with minor breaches.  However, we have asked for
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    • 23/10/2015 - Conservative MEP Launches Consultation on EU Wildlife Protection Plans
      Ian Duncan, the Conservative MEP for Scotland, has launched a consultation on the EU's plans to reform the Birds and Habitats Directives. The European Commission is reviewing the Directives – Scottish Land & Estates responded to their earlier consultation in the summer.  Ian now wants to hear from all interested parties ac
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    • 21/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 October 2015
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    • 15/10/2015 - Scottish Moorland Group responds to LACS report
      The Scottish Moorland Group has responded to a report on grouse moor management by the League Against Cruel Sport. In an open letter to Andy Wightman, one of the authors of the report, SMG director Tim Baynes has addressed the issues raised in the report.       Dear Mr Wightman,   I would like to m
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    • 14/10/2015 - Calls for Greater Transparency Over Rent Proposals
        Joint release on behalf of NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association   Joint calls are being made for greater transparency over rent proposals for tenanted farms following a difficult year for the industry.   Given the changing trading environment, notably in re
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    • 13/10/2015 - Scottish Government faces Committee questions in Dumfries
        The future of Scotland’s land will come into focus when a Scottish Parliamentary Committee questions two Government Ministers at a public meeting at Easterbrook Hall.   Local people are invited to be part of the audience as the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Com
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    • 13/10/2015 - Landowners welcome ‘impressive’ new moorland research
      Scottish Land & Estates has today welcomed a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage that reviews sustainable moorland management. The report, which has received input from a wide range of industry stakeholders, provides an authoritative examination of four key issues: the development of a shared vision for Scotla
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    • 12/10/2015 - Scottish Honeybees thriving on managed heather moorland
        Bees and honey producers are thriving across parts of Scotland thanks to a helping hand from one of the nation’s most iconic birds – the red grouse.   Despite long held concerns over a decline in the number of bees across the country – not helped by this summer’s inclement weather – rural estate
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    • 12/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 October 2015
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 October 2015  
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    • 12/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 08/10/2015 - Kennel Club seeking trials venue - can you help?
      The Scottish Kennel Club are looking for a new venue to hold their Championship Working Dog Trials in 2016.  They are looking for approximately 150 acres of land to accommodate a range of competitions over 3-4 days next November.  Toilet facilities and a building that could be used as a base would be ideal.  If you think y
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    • 08/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes plans to simplify residential tenancies
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed plans to simplify residential tenancies in new legislation introduced today - but warned that more needs to be done to maintain supply and attract new investment to the private rented sector in Scotland. The comments were made in response to the Scottish Government’s introduction of
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    • 07/10/2015 - Salmon Proposals
      Following the announcement last week that a more targeted approach to salmon conservation was being proposed the Scottish Government has given notice of the provisions. A briefing note has been produced on the proposals. The Scottish Government is looking for representations or objections by 29 October. We would welcome any i
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    • 05/10/2015 - Current Consultations as at 05 October 2015
      List of current consultations which may be of interest to members.
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    • 05/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 October 2015
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 October 2015  
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    • 05/10/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 28 September - 02 October 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 28 September - 02 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 02/10/2015 - Exchange rate confirmed for 2015 direct payments scheme
       The exchange rate to be used for direct farm payments in 2015 has fallen. The rate has been set at €1 = £0.73129 by the European Central Bank, a fall of almost six per cent compared to last year. The decision affects about 15,400 Scottish famers who choose to receive in sterling support under the Basic Payments Schem
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    • 02/10/2015 - Hill Farming Conference in Oban
        60 delegates attended a national seminar titled 'The Future of Hill Farming - in your hands' at the Scottish Association for Marine Science campus at Dunstaffnage near Oban on Thursday 1 October 2015. The previous day we attended a fascinating visit to Auchtertyre Farm at Tyndrum, run by SRUC where we had a chance
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    • 02/10/2015 - Housing Minister Raises Immigration Check Concerns
        Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess, has written to the UK Government Immigration Minister to express concerns about the requirements for landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants which was introduced in the Immigration Act. The provisions are currently not in force except in pilot areas in
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    • 02/10/2015 - Salmon License Revisions
      The Scottish Government has announced welcome revisions to its proposals to license the killing of wild salmon. A more targeted approach will see fishery districts categorised according to their salmon’s conservation status and a charging scheme will no longer be pursued. The killing of salmon will be allowed where salm
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    • 01/10/2015 - Registers of Scotland video - Alvie and Dalraddy Estates
        As part of our collaborative work to encourage voluntary registration Registers of Scotland (RoS) has released a new video interview with Jamie Williamson, Alvie and Dalraddy Estates, who talks to RoS about the process.   You can view the video here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuKSS5i_1QM  
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    • 30/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes publication of annual wildlife crime report
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s publication of the Scottish Government annual wildlife crime report that shows recorded wildlife crime dropped by 20 per cent in the period 2013-14. In welcoming the decrease in recorded incidents, the organisation said that momentum needed to be maintained and that governmen
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    • 30/09/2015 - Sporting rates plan riddled with unknown consequences
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners throughout Scotland, said today the Scottish Government has so far failed to conduct necessary economic and environmental impact assessments on its plans to re-introduce non-domestic rates on shooting and deer forests as part of the forthcoming Land Reform Bill. In evid
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    • 29/09/2015 - Fears Highlighted On Regional Park Extension Plan
      Scottish Land & Estates and NFU Scotland (NFUS) have spoken out in opposition to plans to extend the boundary of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, amid fears that the uncosted proposals will lead to an unfair and unnecessary burden on farmers and land managers in the area. The proposals, contained with a Scottish Parliame
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    • 28/09/2015 - Landowners welcome new wild salmon proposals
        Scottish Land & Estates today welcomed the Scottish Government's revisions to its proposals to license the killing of wild salmon.   Environment Minister, Aileen Macleod, has announced a more targeted approach which will see fishery districts categorised according to their salmon’s conservation status and a
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    • 28/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 28 September 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 28 September 2015
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    • 27/09/2015 - Public Sector Boards – Quality through Diversity - Save the Date
        Inverness/Online 14th September Glasgow 8th October   Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), in collaboration with Changing the Chemistry and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), is running two free events to encourage more people, particularly women, to consider applying for board positions in the public sector
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    • 25/09/2015 - RACCE committee calls for urgent Government action for tenants and landlords
      The RACCE Committee has written to Richard Lochhead to urge him to tackle the lack of progress and impact on tenants and landlords affected by the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014 which resulted from the Supreme Court ruling relating to the Salvesen v Riddell case.  Until the Committee is rea
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    • 25/09/2015 - Challenges facing farming in spotlight in Parliament
        This week saw a debate on the fortunes of Scottish farming in the Scottish Parliament. Members highlighted the problems in specific sectors, such as dairy, and pointed to the need for the public to support our farmers by ensuring that they buy Scottish produce. A wide range of issues were raised, including the
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    • 24/09/2015 - Limited Partnerships - Have you taken action?
      Scottish Land & Estates reminds members that it is important to have taken action to resolve situations affected by the Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of elements of the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003, following the case of Salvesen vs Riddell.  The Supreme Court ruled that the Agricultural Holdings
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    • 24/09/2015 - Have your say on a Lynx Reintroduction survey
      Scottish Land & Estates members have the opportunity to respond to a survey examining the attitudes of those who earn a living directly from the land (e.g. landowners and gamekeepers) towards the reintroduction of the lynx to the British landscape. The survey is supporting a dissertation investigating public attitudes to pote
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    • 22/09/2015 - New report - Grouse Shooting, Moorland Management and Local Communities
        The importance of grouse shooting and moorland management in supporting fragile rural communities is highlighted in a new report published today by Scotland’s Rural College and the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Mountain Studies at Perth College.   The report examines community
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    • 22/09/2015 - Rural communities back grouse shooting as key to their future
      Communities in key rural areas of Scotland have voiced strong support for grouse shooting which they believe makes a major social and economic contribution to the lives of local people.   The importance of grouse shooting and moorland management in supporting fragile rural communities is highlighted in a new report p
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    • 21/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 21 September 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 21 September 2015.
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    • 21/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 14 - 18 September 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 14 - 18 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 18/09/2015 - Media statement on Red Kite death
      Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement in order to clarify media comment following the death of a Red Kite near Tomatin at the end of August.  Unsubstantiated speculation was made in the press and on social media that the death was connected with grouse moor management, however such speculation app
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    • 16/09/2015 - Landowners appeal for tenant farming’s future to be secured
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that a vibrant tenanted sector is vital for the future of farming in Scotland and appealed to the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament to take action to prevent the interests of agriculture being undermined by proposed land reform legislation. David Johnstone, chairman of Scot
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    • 14/09/2015 - Awareness of rural crime the focus of Scottish Land & Estates’ event
      Preventing rural crime, and learning more about legal issues that farms and estates should be aware of, is to be examined in an event organised by Scottish Land & Estates next month. The Rural Crime Awareness Event, to be held on Thursday 1 October at Stair Estates in Stranraer, will hear from police officers, lawyers and
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    • 11/09/2015 - Electronic Communications Code Revisions Progress
      The DECC has released details of the revisions to the Electronic Communications Code following the consultation progress. Disappointingly many of the clauses which we felt are inappropriate have remained. This includes the proposal to provide an automatic right for Operators to upgrade and share apparatus without prior agreem
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    • 11/09/2015 - Environment Minister meets Scotland's Moorland Forum
      A site visit was arranged for Dr. Aileen McLeod by the Moorland Forum on 4th September to Scottish Land & Estates member’s moorland at Bute Estate, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.  The Minister heard about moorland management in practice and there was constructive discussion on a range of issues from sheep grazing to sporting and
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    • 11/09/2015 - Good Practice During Windfarm Construction Published
        Version 2 of Good Practice During Windfarm Construction has now been published. This latest version contains a reviewed Woodland Management chapter, and Habitat Restoration chapter. It also contains a new chapter that considers Biosecurity and the management of invasive non-native species. Other chapters throughout ha
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    • 10/09/2015 - Finance Bill
      Scottish Land & Estates has made representation on the Finance Bill 2015-16 in relation to relief for finance costs related to residential property businesses.  We have suggested amendment to clause 24 of the Bill.  As drafted we consider that the Bill will restrict the ability to offset interest payments on loans secur
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    • 10/09/2015 - Strategy for Phytophthora ramorum in Scotland for 2015 - 2017
       A new strategy for dealing with ramorum has been published. The aim of the strategy is to manage and control the rate of spread of P. ramorum to protect the health of trees, shrubs and heathland. The previous aim to eradicate P. ramorum from Scotland is no longer possible. Future measures should continue to be propo
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    • 09/09/2015 - Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2015 – Application date extended
        Applications for the 2015 Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards are now being invited, and the deadline for applications is now Friday 25th September 2015.  This annual awards scheme, sponsored by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the best that businesses in the Borders have to offer. This yea
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    • 07/09/2015 - Landowners support engagement and transparency in Land Reform Bill but urge caution on 'detrimental' measures
      Scottish Land & Estates said today greater community engagement and increased transparency of ownership are key elements in delivering land reform objectives. Scottish Land & Estates said the transparency proposals outlined in the Bill align with the openness principle of Scottish Land & Estates' Landowners’Commitment a
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    • 07/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 September 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 September 2015.
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    • 07/09/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 31 August - 04 September 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 31 August - 04 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 04/09/2015 - RACCE Committee extremely concerned about the lack of progress on 2014 Remedial Order
      The Rural Affairs Committee has written to Richard Lochhead to express concerns about the lack of progress in the mediation process associated with the Remedial order that was passed by the Scottish Parliament in April 2014 to rectify defects in the Agricultural Holdings Act (2003) identified by the Supreme Court.  A cop
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    • 04/09/2015 - Scottish Government in siphon rethink
      This week saw the Scottish Government apparently change approach to imposing a siphon on the transfer of BPS entitlements. The STFA appear to have secured a commitment that the siphon, which would reduce the value of the entitlements by 50%, would not be imposed in cases when a tenancy is transferred by assignation or success
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    • 04/09/2015 - Hugh MacLeod open letter to the West Highland Free Press
        Following an aggressive editorial piece in the West Highland Free Press regarding the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee’s forthcoming evidence session on Skye, Hugh McLeod has written an open letter to the newspaper.    The letter can be found below.
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    • 03/09/2015 - RSABI Makes Additional £130,000 Available To Crisis Hit Orkney
      RSABI – Scotland’s rural charity – has launched a ‘Help for Straw Haulage’ fund, worth £130,000, specifically for Orkney farmers and crofters who have suffered a prolonged period of exceptional weather. This fund is in addition to the normal help RSABI provides for farmers and crofters. The charity is still enc
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    • 02/09/2015 - Statement on court case involving Newlands Estate
      A spokesman for Scottish Land & Estates said: “Scottish Land & Estates has a clear and long-established policy of condemning all forms of wildlife crime. Those who engage in such activity should feel  the full force of the law. Newlands Estate is a member of Scottish Land & Estates but that membership has been suspended vo
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    • 02/09/2015 - RACCE evidence session on Skye
      Scottish Land & Estates will be represented by our Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at the RACCE Committee’s evidence session on Parts 1-5 of the Land Reform Bill. The session will take place on Skye on Monday 7 September and will include a panel session with representatives from Buccleuch, Moray and Cawdor
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    • 02/09/2015 - Allotments
      The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on future secondary legislation regarding allotments which can be found here.  Views are sought on procedures for determining compensation payable for disturbance, loss of crops and deterioration.  The deadline for responding is 16th October 2015.
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    • 02/09/2015 - Scottish Wildcat Action website launched
      A new Scottish Wildcat Action website was launched earlier this week at the Scottish Parliament.  Scottish Wildcat Action, funded by the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and supported by Scottish Land & Estates and other land-based and conservation organisations is delivering the first national conservation
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    • 02/09/2015 - Four weeks until reservoir registration period closes
      Only four weeks remain until the deadline for operators to register any reservoir with a capacity great than great than over 25,000 square metres with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), before the registration period ends on 30 September. Following the introduction of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011, re
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    • 02/09/2015 - ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign launched to boost biosecurity
      As part of the ongoing effort to keep our forests and trees healthy, Forestry Commission Scotland is urging land managers and the forestry sector to help promote good biosecurity practice to colleagues, contractors and the public, through the Commission’s new ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign. The Keep it Clean campaign offe
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    • 02/09/2015 - Feed-in Tariff Consultation
      The UK Government has published a consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme which currently supports small scale renewable projects. The consultation proposes a set of measures to control costs leading up to the closure of the scheme in 2018-19. If costs cannot be controlled then DECC believe funding to new scheme
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    • 02/09/2015 - Farming support schemes launched
      Two new schemes for beef and sheep farmers have been opened for applications this week.  The Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (Mainland and Islands) and the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme opened on Tuesday.  The support for beef producers replaces the old Scottish Beef Scheme and will reward farmers for ca
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    • 01/09/2015 - Landowners welcome government commitment to rural housing
      Scottish Land & Estates has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement on the private rental sector, with new funding for rural housing ‘critical’ for the future of countryside communities. As part of the programme for government, the First Minister announced plans to establish a new Rural Housing Fund wh
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    • 31/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 31 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 31 August 2015.
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    • 31/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates completes Great Glen Challenge
      The Scottish Land & Estates team successfully completed the RSABI Great Glen Challenge last Friday. Andrew Midgley undertook the 34km mountain biking section, Tim Baynes kayaked 7km on Loch Oich, Drew Macfarlane-Slack walked 12km along with supporter Judy and two dogs in tow, and Donald Inch ran 17km to finish the event. The
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    • 28/08/2015 - Cawdor Estate statement on red kite death
      Following media reports that a red kite was found killed on land close to the Cawdor Estate, and the inaccurate and ill-informed speculation on social media, Cawdor Estate has issued the following statement. A spokesman for Cawdor Estate said: “The Cawdor Estate was not aware of an alleged poisoning of a red kit
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    • 28/08/2015 - Red Kite Deaths from Last Year Condemned, but Concerns Raised
      Scottish Land & Estates condemns absolutely the illegal killing of these red kites last year and any other birds of prey. We are committed to working with Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and our partners in PAWS to eradicate the remaining vestiges of wildlife crime in Scotland and at the same time to develop positive
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    • 28/08/2015 - Hen Harrier Brood Management debate heats up
      Following the Hawk and Owl Trust’s (HOT) stated support earlier this year for brood management of Hen Harriers, a vociferous online debate about the rights and wrongs of this approach has been taking place.  Rare Bird Alert is now carrying out a poll on its website to find out if its readers supported the HOT’s position.
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    • 28/08/2015 - Wildlife Estates Scotland continues to grow
      2015 has seen good growth for Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) so far, with a further twelve members reaching full accreditation, bringing the total number to thirty properties and nearly 300,000 hectares of land managed to WES standards. 6 more properties are under assessment at the moment, and the WES team is working with ov
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    • 27/08/2015 - Rural Parliament Support
      Support to further empower Scotland’s rural communities has been announced by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. Scottish Government funding of £200,000 has been allocated to help deliver the Scottish Rural Parliament Action Plan. Mr Lochhead made the announcement ahead of the Scottish Cabinet meeting in Oban, n
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    • 27/08/2015 - Fenn Traps in the spotlight
      The use of Fenn Traps may be halted by July 2016 as the UK prepares to implement the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS). Scottish Land & Estates took part in discussions led by DEFRA earlier this week where it became apparent that, despite calls from countryside organisations for more time to conside
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    • 27/08/2015 - Scotland's Peatland Plan launched
      Scottish Natural Heritage has today (28 August) launched Scotland’s National Peatland Plan.  The Plan has been developed in collaboration with a range of organisations including Scottish Land & Estates. It has long term aims and sets out aspirations to see degraded peatlands restored to functioning ecosystem which contribu
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    • 27/08/2015 - New rent review guidance issued
      Scottish Land & Estates has worked with the other industry bodies and the Independent Tenant Farming Adviser to issue guidance on the negotiation and conduct of rent reviews. This new guidance replaces that issued in July 2014, and extends the concept of a systematic procedure based on full transparency of data sources. I
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    • 27/08/2015 - Regulation of Letting Agents Consultation
       The Scottish Government has published a consultation on the draft code of practice and training requirements for letting agents. The consultation document can be found here and is open for responses until 15th November. We will be submitting a response on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates and welcome any comments members m
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    • 26/08/2015 - Leading organisations issue joint industry guidance on rent reviews
        Three leading Scottish agricultural organisations have jointly issued guidance on the important area of rent reviews. The guidance provides an effective framework to minimise any risk to the industry that may arise from conflict around rent increases for tenanted farms.   NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 25/08/2015 - Government funding to deliver Action Plan priorities
        Support to further empower Scotland’s rural communities has been announced by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.   Scottish Government funding of £200,000 has been allocated to help deliver the Scottish Rural Parliament Action Plan. Mr Lochhead made the announcement ahead of the Scottish Cabinet meet
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    • 25/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 August 2015.
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    • 25/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 17-21 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 17-21 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 24/08/2015 - Regulation of Letting Agents Consultation
      The Scottish Government has published a consultation on the draft code of practice and training requirements for letting agents. The consultation document can be found here and is open for responses until 15th November. We will be submitting a response on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates and welcome any comments members may
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    • 21/08/2015 - New Research Centre Launched
       The Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures, based at the Universities of Dundee and Stirling, was launched this week in Dundee.  The Centre aims to facilitate creative and academic collaboration and showcase innovative work investigating Scotland’s land issues within a wider British and European context in the past, pr
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    • 20/08/2015 - Award-winning Loch Ness Shores showcased in new landownership campaign
      An award-winning camping and caravan site on the shores of Loch Ness is to feature in an initiative showcasing the benefits provided by landowners to Scotland’s communities. Loch Ness Shores, a stunning campsite located on the southeast shore of the loch, has been chosen to take part in Scottish Land & Estates’
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    • 19/08/2015 - Rural Fuel Poverty Taskforce
      The Scottish Government has launched a taskforce to establish ways to make it easier and cheaper for people in rural areas to heat their homes. Scottish Land & Estates is part of this taskforce which had its first meeting this week and will continue to meet for approximately a year. http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/
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    • 19/08/2015 - SRDP: Improving public Access option opens
      The SRDP ‘Improving Public Access’ option opened to applications on Monday (17th August).  There is a limited funding pot available through the Scotland Rural Development Programme for paths and other outdoor access infrastructure.  Anyone interested is advised to apply promptly.  For details go to - https://www.ru
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    • 19/08/2015 - Understanding Predation Report Review Seminars
      The results from the Understanding Predation Project workshops are currently being analysed and the first draft of the Report will be produced in September.   This will be reviewed at a series of seminars booked as follows: Tuesday 27th October - Dewars Centre, Perth Tuesday 3rd November - SNH, Great Glen H
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    • 17/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 17 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 17 August 2015.
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    • 17/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10-14 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10-14 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 14/08/2015 - Landowners at the forefront of south of Scotland Golden Eagle project
      Scottish Land & Estates has strongly welcomed the launch of phase two of South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project which the landowners’ organisation has jointly led and which aims to boost the number of golden eagles in the region in future years. The project was launched by Minister for Environment, Climate Change and La
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    • 14/08/2015 - Forestry Option Guidance Updates
      Over the last couple of months, FCS has made several updates to the Option Guidance – in some cases this has been to update guidance with new information, for example, how FCS will assess applications through scoring and FCS have also made changes to clarify guidance as a result of queries from staff and customers. Please n
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    • 14/08/2015 - Woodland Improvement Grant - Planning - Deer Management Plan
      Option guidance is now available with the option opening on 1 October 2015 for applications.  This will provide grant aid to help owners or occupiers of forested land to obtain and prepare the data they need to formulate a robust Deer Management Plan. The plan will help them control deer populations in order to secure th
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    • 14/08/2015 - Forestry Co-Operation Option opens soon
      The Forestry Co-Operation Option will open for applications on 28 September for funding in 2016 and Option guidance will be available soon.  This will support the facilitation of collaborative forestry projects in order to deliver environmental benefits over multiple holdings at a landscape scale. It will focus on the pr
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    • 14/08/2015 - A boost for golden eagles in South Scotland
        Building on a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage last year, a new project will help boost the number of golden eagles in the South of Scotland. The project will look in detail at further work needed to revive the population, and build on the excellent partnership forged to realise the ambition of having
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    • 14/08/2015 - Harvesting & Processing and Forest Infrastructure options open
      The Forestry Commission has taken the opportunity to open these options earlier than previously planned with funding now available for this year.   You can access details about both options by clicking on the appropriate option links on the Forestry Grant Scheme web page. https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/fut
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    • 14/08/2015 - Organic Action Plan 2016-29 - your views sought
      The Scottish Organic Forum is undertaking a major revision of the Organic Action Plan for Scotland and as part of this process are seeking a wide range of stakeholders through a questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to help identify: 1) the current & potential supply of & demand for organic produce, and the bar
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    • 13/08/2015 - Landowners work with Registers of Scotland on voluntary completion of Land Register
      Landowners and representatives of Registers of Scotland (RoS) have taken further steps towards the completion of Scotland’s Land Register with meetings in the Highlands to discuss the process of voluntary registration. Registers of Scotland has been asked by the Scottish Government to complete the country’s land
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    • 13/08/2015 - Call to back dairy
      Following a dairy industry summit, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment has called for widespread support of the dairy industry.  Mr Lochhead said:  “I am calling on retailers and other buyers to get behind the dairy sector in this time of need and to pay a fair price for milk.
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    • 13/08/2015 - Scottish Government donates £50,000 to RSABI
      Following the very poor weather experienced across Scotland this spring and summer, the Scottish Government has donated £50,000 to assist farmers and farm workers facing hardship, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.  It is expected the funding will help farmers and those working on the land by provid
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    • 13/08/2015 - Lochhead confirms GM crop ban
      Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced that growing genetically modified (GM) crops will not be permitted in Scotland, as he confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly
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    • 12/08/2015 - Council Tax
      The Commission on Local Tax Reform set-up by the Scottish Government and COSLA has commented that replacing or reforming the council tax in Scotland could prove challenging and that there is no “magic bullet” to cure defects in the system.  Scottish Land & Estates provided written and oral evidence to the Commission
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    • 12/08/2015 - Taking the Lead - Advice for land managers to encourage responsible dog walking
      Dog walkers allowing their dogs to worry livestock or leave dog dirt behind are problems many farmers and land owners struggle with every day.  Scottish Land & Estates, NFU Scotland, the Kennel Club and the Scottish Kennel Club have been working with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to develop “Taking the Lead”, a set
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    • 12/08/2015 - New Gift Of Grouse campaign showcases the benefits of grouse to Scotland
      The Gift of Grouse, a major new campaign to highlight the benefits of grouse moors to Scotland, has been unveiled to mark the start of the shooting season.   The initiative was launched today on the Glorious Twelfth in the Angus Glens by businesses, families and estate staff who all depend on the sector to support th
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    • 11/08/2015 - £18million broadband deal will see extension of rural connectivity programme
        Almost £18million funding is being made available to accelerate high speed broadband roll-out for Scotland’s rural communities.   The early benefit comes from the success of the Scottish Government-backed £410million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, which has now reached over 365,000
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    • 11/08/2015 - Team of good sports at Scottish Land & Estates take on Great Glen test
        The team at Scottish Land & Estates is used to taking on the challenges associated with politics and land management every day but are they ready for a different kind of challenge?   Four brave members of staff are taking on the RSABI Great Glen Challenge on August 28th. RSABI is a Scottish charity which provi
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    • 11/08/2015 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on hen harrier appeal
      Following an appeal for information about the discovery of a body of a hen harrier in south-west Scotland, the Scottish Moorland Group issued the following statement. Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: "This bird was found in April and until this morning we - as an active participant in the Pa
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    • 10/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 August 2015.
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    • 10/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 03-07 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 03-07 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 10/08/2015 - Fisheries review should build on local success
      Scottish Land & Estates said today that proposals to develop a new national body to supervise fishing on Scotland's rivers should build on - and not jeopardise - the 'excellent' management of many fisheries at local level. In its submission to the Scottish Government's consultation on wild fisheries reform, Scotti
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    • 07/08/2015 - Scottish Government provide outline of EU audit processes
        One of the recommendations from Brian Pack’s report on cutting red tape in the farming sector was that farmers and land managers should take the time to understand the EU audit process. To help everyone learn more about the process, the Scottish Government has produced new guidance.           It details
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    • 06/08/2015 - Cooperation helping Hen Harriers in Scotland
       The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW Scotland) ‘Heads Up for Harriers’ project has recorded some notable successes in its first full season, with a total of twelve young birds fledging from three successful nests  A further three nests failed, two as a result of bad weather and another due to
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    • 06/08/2015 - New Members Briefing on Agricultural Holdings elements of Land Reform
      Please see the members’ area for a new briefing on the assignation and succession elements of the Land Reform Bill. This briefing seeks to set out what the proposed changes appear to be so that members are clear on the detail that is being discussed as the Bill passes through Parliament. This is an area where Scottish Land
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    • 05/08/2015 - Domestic and Non-Domestic RHI - Biomass Sustainability Requirements
      The Biomass Sustainability requirements will be introduced to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme from 5th October 2015. From this date, in order to continue receiving RHI payments, all non-domestic and domestic RHI participants using biomass will need to ensure their fuel complies with standards relating to maximum greenhous
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    • 05/08/2015 - Taste for Tourism Summit
      Food and drink producers along with tourism businesses are set to team up at a major event this year designed to bring hundreds of thousands more tourists to Scotland by developing and branding it as a food destination. The Taste for Tourism event will take place in Oban between 3rd and 5th November 2015. Read more...
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    • 05/08/2015 - Third regional moorland group kicks off on Facebook
      The Tayside and Central Scotland Moorland Group  is the latest community of people involved in moorland management to showcase their daily work, what they do for wildlife conservation and many other benefits for community jobs and businesses. Groups are already active in the Angus Glens and the Lammermuirs, please have a loo
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    • 05/08/2015 - Weather dampens prospects for Hen Harriers at Langholm Moor
        After a fantastic year for Hen Harrier breeding at Langholm in 2014 with  47 chicks fledged from 12 nests, it is not looking so good this year.    The project scientists have recently revealed that in 2015, eight females nested but only six nests got away producing 17 young.  The culprit seems to have been cold we
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    • 05/08/2015 - Lochhead seeking help to find a vision
      Mr Lochhead took part in a discussion event on Monday at the Turriff Show as he kicked off a ‘national discussion about the future of Scottish agriculture’. At a panel event at the Turriff Show, the Cabinet Secretary set out his vision for farming and outlined some of the big questions industry will need to answer to
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    • 04/08/2015 - Constructive and flexible nature legislation required
      Responding to the recent EU consultation on the Habitats and Birds Directives, Scottish Land & Estates has called for the implementation of these 2 main pillars of nature legislation in Europe to be more constructive and flexible.  In particular, rather than a model of strict protection, we are keen to see economic and socia
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    • 04/08/2015 - UPM Tilhill Seeking feedback on forest management
      In September 2015 UPM Tilhill will carry out a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) assessment of forest management of sites in the UPM Tilhill (Tilhill Forestry Limited) group scheme against the requirements of the UKWAS Standard (2012; v3.1) (you can vi
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    • 04/08/2015 - Rural Crime Statistics
      NFU Mutual has published claims data this week which show rural crime related claims in the UK dropped 17% from £44.5 million in 2013 to £37.8 million in 2014. However, equine crimes increased by 25%. The most common crimes were vehicle and livestock theft. Tools and quad bikes were the most commonly taken items. http:/
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    • 03/08/2015 - Current consultations - 03 August 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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    • 03/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 August 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 August 2015.
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    • 03/08/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27-31 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27-31 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 31/07/2015 - Scottish Agricultural Wages Board Consultation
      The Scottish Government has been consulting on the future of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response supporting the abolition of the Board. The Board was created at a time when there was very little protection for workers. We believe there is now robust wage and conditions prote
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    • 31/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates moves to strengthen its regional team
      Scottish Land & Estates has expanded and strengthened its regional capability with the addition of three new regional managers to its regional team. Eilidh MacKechnie, Rachael Wright and Simon Houison Craufurd have joined the regional team of Scottish Land & Estates, taking the organisation’s number of regional managers
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    • 29/07/2015 - Landowners asked to help identify pearl fishers
      The freshwater pearl mussel remains one of the planet's rarer species with Scotland holding a significant quantity of the world population.  The European Union recognised the need to protect stocks which resulted in directives demanding member states to safeguard the species.  The Margaritera margaritifera species was duly
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    • 29/07/2015 - Rodenticides rule changes
      The Health & Safety Executive is to bring in a new competence scheme for the purchase and use of professional rat and mouse bait products.  This will take effect from June 2016 by which time anyone wishing to purchase or use these products will need to hold a “proof of competence” in rodent pest control.  The cha
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    • 29/07/2015 - Have your say on a new Modern Apprenticeship for Scotland's rural environment
      Sector skills council, Lantra Scotland, is calling on environmental conservation groups and land and estate managers to share their views on a new Modern Apprenticeship for Scotland’s rural environment. As part of a six-week consultation process, Lantra will look at the content and framework of the proposed Modern Appre
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    • 28/07/2015 - Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme
      The Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme is open for applications, for the ninth run of the programme to be held between late October 2015 and early March 2016.  It offers a great opportunity for rural business people to improve their confidence, decision making, delegation, communication and making a difference in
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    • 27/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 July 2015.
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    • 27/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20-24 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20-24 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 23/07/2015 - Fish Licensing and Tagging
      The Scottish Government is advertising their intention to introduce tagging and licensing requirement for wild salmon. A weeklong interactive website on the detail of the scheme. The website closes on Wednesday 29th July. We encourage any members with salmon fishery interest to participate. http://ideas.scotland.gov.uk/fi
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    • 23/07/2015 - Request from Film Company
      Indus Films is a BAFTA award-winning documentary production company, best known for its high-end, intelligent documentary film-making for the BBC and Channel 4.  From London's food markets to the tribes of the Amazon Basin they produce powerful yet sensitive observational documentary films about the contemporary world. Recen
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    • 21/07/2015 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on muirburn report
      Following the publication of a new study on the effects of upland burning, The Scottish Moorland Group has set out the benefits of well managed muirburn - a natural management tool that has been used for centuries and is highly effective.  By regenerating heather in a mosaic pattern on a 10-25 year rotation, it makes
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    • 20/07/2015 - Forest Landscape Design Training Course to re-run
      People involved in forest and woodland management are invited to sign up for a course during the autumn of 2015 that explores the principles of forest landscape design. As well as providing an appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s diverse landscapes and what can make them sensitive to change, the course will illust
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    • 20/07/2015 - Westminster
        The newly formed select committees have now been established in the House of Commons following May's election.  The composition of the new Scottish Affairs Committee is 4 SNP members (including the Chairman), 4 Conservatives and 3 Labour MPs and can be found here... 
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    • 20/07/2015 - Catchment Engineering Licence Trial - your feedback required
      SEPA has been trialling catchment licences for engineering works, mainly sediment removal and bank protection works, for the last couple of years. It has issued a number of catchment licences and now want feedback from those that have been involved.  If you are part of the Dean Water, Angus, Water of Ae or the Speyside Isla
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    • 17/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates responds to launch of Rewilding Britain
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the launch of Rewilding Britain, an organisation seeking to establish at least three core areas of rewilded land by 2030, which means, in each case, 100,000 hectares or more. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/scotland/article4499527.ece Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of S
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    • 17/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates responds to seasonal grazing issue
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to a report issued by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs on the letting of seasonal grazing and subsidy entitlements. http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/13423452.Report_reveals_extent_of_subsidy_grab_by__slipper__landlords/ David Johnstone, Chairman of Scottish L
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    • 16/07/2015 - Tourism Numbers Continue to Rise
      Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that overseas and domestic tourism visitors to Scotland have both increased by 10% in the last year to end March 2015. The majority of overseas visitors come from Europe. Visitor numbers form north America have increased 31%. http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tou
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    • 16/07/2015 - Carbon Monoxide Statutory Guidance Published
      The Scottish Government has published statutory guidance for the provision of carbon monoxide alarms in rented property. Regard must be had to the guidance in determining whether a house meets the repairing standards. The standard must be met by 1 December 2015 for new tenancies and 1st December 2016 for all tenancies. Please
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    • 16/07/2015 - Farms and shoots should be aware of latest rules regarding payment of casual summer labour
      With the school and University holiday seasons already underway in Scotland, Saffery Champness is drawing the attention of farmers, landowners and shoots to updated guidance from HMRC on Paying harvest casuals and casual beaters.   The updated Guidance, published in May, provides information for employers who pay cas
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    • 16/07/2015 - Trophy For Young Countryside Student
      Saturday at the Scottish Game Fair saw the annual presentation of the Tam Tod Trophy by the educational charity Countryside Learning Scotland. The GWCT who hosts the fair kindly gave permission for the presentation at their flagship event. The Trophy is an award for a young Scot under the age of 21 who actively engages in
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    • 15/07/2015 - Land Registration
        Registers of Scotland are meeting with Highland members to discuss Voluntary Land Registration. The first meeting will be held in Boat of Garten on 30th July and the second meeting will be held in Inverness on 31st July. More details can be found on the documents below.     Please advise Drew McFarlane-Slack
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    • 13/07/2015 - Eight estates scoop coveted Wildlife Estates Scotland accreditation
      Farms & estates lead the charge on wildlife conservation Eight Scottish estates have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. WES is a national version of the EU Wildlife Estates (WE) initiative and is endorsed by the European Co
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    • 13/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 July 2015.
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    • 13/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10-16 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10-16 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 08/07/2015 - Members Meeting: Land Reform

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    • 08/07/2015 - Wildlife Estates Scotland launches its first annual report
        The GWCT Scottish Game Fair was the setting on Saturday 4th July for the launch of the first Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) annual report. Alongside the launch, representatives from recently accredited properties received accreditation certificates. WES Chairman Robbie Douglas Miller introduced proceedings, refle
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    • 07/07/2015 - Current consultations - 7 July 2015
        Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.  
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    • 06/07/2015 - Self Catering Rates Revaluation
        The 2017 Rates Revaluation for self catering properties is currently underway. Members are reminded there is a tight 14 day deadline to return the required information.   The ASSC has put together some advice http://www.assc.co.uk/news/ and information is available from the Scottish Assessor http://www.saa.gov
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    • 06/07/2015 - UHI seek your views on the potential for a new Rural Masters in Business Administration
        The University of the Highland & Islands is carrying out market research for a proposed Rural MBA programme which will combine modules in business administration with those on natural resource management in a flexible online learning format.    If the course is developed, it will provide an opportunity for th
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    • 06/07/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 6 July 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 6 July 2015.
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    • 02/07/2015 - Further action to implement Pack recommendations
        The vast majority of Brian Pack’s recommendations to reduce red tape in Scottish agriculture have been formally accepted by the Scottish Government.   Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead confirmed the move following the second meeting of the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs, Food and the Environmen
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    • 02/07/2015 - Campaign to address Broadband and Mobile signal issues
        The Scottish Rural Parliament are co-ordinating a campaign to help address Broadband and Mobile signal issues and to put the pressure on BT and the UK Government to take action. It takes just 30 seconds to sign their letter and petition and you will be adding your voice to many more.   It is widely acknowledge
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    • 01/07/2015 - Leading organisations issue joint industry guidance on limited partnerships
          NFU Scotland (NFUS), Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) and Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) were challenged in the recent Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group (AHLRG) report to take the lead in identifying how Limited Partnership agreements can transition into more stable arrangements.   
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    • 01/07/2015 - Tenant Farming Bulletin Issued
        The first progress bulletin has been issued by the new Scottish Government Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin.   The main focus during the first few weeks has been on developing a prioritised work programme through to the end of the year, and in particular on making immediate progress with deve
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    • 29/06/2015 - A further £3 million for Peatland Restoration
        Scottish Natural Heritage has been awarded a further £3million for peatland restoration.  This money is available as grant funding to anyone with peatland in need for restoration.  See the Peatland Action website for more details...    The closing date is 17 August, so don’t delay!
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    • 29/06/2015 - Current consultations - 29 June 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 29/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 29 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 29 June 2015.
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    • 29/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 22-26 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 22-26 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 29/06/2015 - The hunt is on for Scotland's best loved tree!
        Scottish Tree of the Year is the search for the nation’s best loved tree. It’s organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland.  The competition is open to any living tree in Scotland, and anybody can enter. We’re looking for individuals or groups to nominate trees that have an amazing story to tell and to champion the
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    • 29/06/2015 - SEPA launch consultation on new charging scheme
      The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the regulatory charging scheme covering annual licence costs and application fees.  The scheme, if approved by Scottish Ministers, is expected to come into effect on 1 April 2016.  Scottish Land & Estates has concerns about
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    • 26/06/2015 - Succession consultation launched
      While the Scottish Parliament is progressing a Succession Bill to make technical amendments to the laws of succession, the Scottish Government is already looking further ahead and has launched a consultation on the implementation of the remaining recommendations proposed by the Scottish Law Commission. The consultation la
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    • 26/06/2015 - RACCE Committee call for views on Land Reform Bill
      The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee wants to hear from you on the general principles of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Written responses should be provided electronically in MS Word format to landreformbill@scottish.parliament.uk, or sent in hard copy to the Scottish Parliament. The deadline for resp
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    • 25/06/2015 - Compulsory Purchase
      We have responded to a Scottish Law Commission Consultation on Compulsory Purchase.  We are in principle in favour of the simplification and modernisation of the law around compulsory purchase and appropriate streamlining of processes involved.   We welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Scottish Law Com
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    • 25/06/2015 - Contribution of estates and farms recognised in Route Map
      Details of the Scottish Government’s plans to deliver the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ over the next five years were announced today (Thursday) by Minister for the Environment, Aileen McLeod.  Scotland’s Biodiversity – A Route Map to 2020 will set out the priority work needed to meet the internati
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    • 25/06/2015 - Wider Committee reforms needed
      MSPs have rejected plans to introduce elected conveners to Scottish Parliament committees, instead claiming wider reforms are needed to enable them to hold government to account. Read more...
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    • 25/06/2015 - Housebuilding Survey Results
      Brodies solicitors has published research results regarding the state of the housebuilding industry in Scotland. The most significant barrier to development was identified as delays in consenting (47.5% respondents) and 37.5% of respondents felt a relaxation of planning restrictions would provide the most help to meeting hous
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    • 25/06/2015 - Comment from Brodies LLP: Land Reform Bill
      Following the publication of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill today, please find below comment from Alex Buchan and Clive Phillips, who are partners in the land & rural business team at Brodies LLP. For further enquiries, please get in contact with Camillo Fracassini, Head of Communications, on 0131 656 0292 or at camillo.
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    • 25/06/2015 - Scottish Government publishes 'Scotland's Biodiversity - a routemap to 2020'
        Details of the Scottish Government’s plans to deliver the ‘2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity’ over the next five years were announced today (Thursday) by Minister for the Environment Aileen McLeod during a visit to the Wild Flowers and Water Voles Project in Glasgow.   Scotland’s Biodiversit
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    • 24/06/2015 - Islay dismay over Land Reform media coverage
      Islay Estates today issued the following statement in response to BBC media coverage of the introduction of the Land Reform Bill to the Scottish Parliament. Alastair Margadale, chairman of Islay Estates Company, said: "When the BBC said they were coming to Islay to report on the land reform issue, I was happy to participa
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    • 23/06/2015 - ‘Mixed bag’ tenant farming measures need greater clarity
      Following the publication of the Land Reform Bill by the Scottish Government today, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement on the Agricultural Holdings provisions contained in the Bill. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The Agricultural Holdings provisions contained within the
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    • Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015 Briefing Note
      To read Scottish Land & Estates Briefing Note on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill 2015 please click on the PDF  below.
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    • 23/06/2015 - Funny stories wanted to help raise money for RSABI
        Despite farmers often being portrayed as dour and uncommunicative and the industry often seeming to have a monopoly on pessimism, there is, as we all know, a great deal of humour around regarding farming.    Some of the humour is pawky; a lot of it is dry and understated.  There may not be a lot of ‘laugh
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    • 23/06/2015 - Empty Homes Advice Service Launched
      The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership’s Empty Homes Advice Service was launched on the 16th of June.  The service offers advice to owners, neighbours and organisations requiring advice on an empty home. The Empty Homes Adviser can be reached on 0344 515 1941 or email emptyhomes@shelter.org.uk   http://scotland.shel
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    • 23/06/2015 - Succession Bill
      A Scottish Government Bill to reform succession laws, including the effects of divorce, dissolution or annulment on a will, has been introduced into the Scottish Parliament.  The text and accompanying documentation can be found here... This will implement a number of recommendations from the Scottish Law Commission Repor
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    • 23/06/2015 - Landowners' statement on Land Reform Bill
      Following the publication of the Land Reform Bill in the Scottish Parliament today, Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The publication of this Bill will result in fundamental and far-reaching c
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    • 23/06/2015 - Scottish Government press release on the new Land Reform Bill
        Scottish Government Press Release on the introduction of the Land Reform Bill:   Communities at heart of radical reforms to promote sustainability, fairness & transparency.   Land Reform Minster Aileen McLeod has pledged to end “the stop start nature of historic land reform” with the publication o
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    • 23/06/2015 - Land Reform Bill published
      The Scottish Parliament has published the new Land Reform Bill.  The full Bill and explanatory notes can be found here - http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/90675.aspx
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    • 22/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 June 2015.
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    • 22/06/2015 - Scotland Bill Progressing
        The Bill was considered in a Committee of the whole House on Monday 15 June 2015.  Following second reading the House of Commons agreed a programme motion which schedules the Bill to be considered by a Committee of the whole House over four days. Days two and three has been given provisionally as 29 and 30 June 2015.
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    • 22/06/2015 - Income Tax
      The Scotland Act 2012 introduced the Scottish rate of Income Tax, which gives the Scottish Parliament the power to set an annual rate of Income Tax for Scottish taxpayers and which will start in April 2016.  HMRC has produced a technical note which provides draft technical guidance on the manner in which HMRC will interpret
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    • 22/06/2015 - Guidance for Development of Sub 20MW Wind Turbines
      The Scottish Government has published good practice guidance regarding community engagement for sub 20MW wind turbines. The guidance is aimed at local authorities, developers and landowners, and community councils and groups. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0047/00479626.pdf
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    • 19/06/2015 - EU Referendum Bill
      The EU Referendum Bill has been published by the UK Government, which makes provision for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU to take place before 31 December 2017.  Although the date of the poll is still not known, during Committee stage of the Bill on Tuesday 16 June, the Government tabled an amendmen
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    • 19/06/2015 - Local Tax
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Commission on Local Tax Reform's call for evidence on local taxation.   A copy of our reponses can be found here... We have emphasised that while we are sceptical about reform or wholesale replacement of Council Tax, we are keen to participate in any developments and engage with
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    • 19/06/2015 - UK Government announce end of subsidies for new onshore wind farms
      From April 2016, new subsidies for onshore wind farms across the UK will end. Reaction to the announcement is mixed with the renewables industry voicing concerns over the likely drop in future investment in onshore wind.  However, there are many groups who feel that Scotland’s rural communities couldn’t cope with yet
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    • 17/06/2015 - Landowners’ statement on Community Empowerment Bill
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents private landowners across Scotland, said that the Community Empowerment Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament today includes significant changes that could help rural communities become more vibrant.   The landowners’ organisation said powers to help communities realise th
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    • Community Empowerment Bill Passed
      The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament today, following a large number of amendments at Stage 3. Our Briefing Note can be found below.   
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    • 17/06/2015 - Rural skills qualifications - New vocational courses to launch this year.
        Brand new formal qualifications in rural skills are set to open for applications later this year, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.   Backed by Scottish Government funding, the SVQ Level 2 and Level 3 courses will offer up to 20 students per year work-based training in all aspects of esta
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    • 17/06/2015 - New membership categories in response to rise in support
        This month sees the launch of three exciting new membership categories. Our organisation enjoys the support of those from all walks of life and industry sectors but up until now unless you were a landowner or rural business our membership categories did not always provide the best fit.   We have now finalised
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    • 17/06/2015 - Landowners establish partnership with vital charity air ambulance service
      Landowners have formed a unique partnership with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) to help the charity progress its lifesaving work. Scottish Land & Estates is offering its support to the SCAA as the organisation looks to progress its vital services for a third year. Since its launch in 2013, the SCAA has resp
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    • 16/06/2015 - Have your say on environmental conservation vocational qualifications
        Lantra are working with SQA to review the SVQ’s level 2 and 3 in Environmental Conservation, to reflect the recent changes to the National Occupational Standards to ensure new entrants have the right skills and knowledge for their jobs.   As part of its work with the Scottish Qualifications Authority on reviewin
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    • 16/06/2015 - Minister Announces Peatlands Funding to Tackle Climate Change
      Updating Parliament on progress towards Scotland’s Climate Change targets Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, announced that in addition to £10million available through SRDP, there would be another £3million available for peatland restoration this year.  Operating more energy efficient homes and business and compulso
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    • 16/06/2015 - Economic Report of Scottish Agriculture
      The Scottish Government has published their annual report on the economics of Scottish agriculture which is based on a number of surveys which are undertaken. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/06/8844
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    • 16/06/2015 - Wild Fisheries Reform Update
      The Scottish Government has published an update on the progress of reforming Scottish wild fisheries. Please note there is a live consultation on this matter and we would appreciate any comments members may have.
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    • 16/06/2015 - Deep Peat Practice Guide Launched
      A new practice guide for managing deep peatland which is already planted with trees has been published by Forestry Commission Scotland. Deep peat is soil with a peat layer greater than 50cm. For the full guide go to 'Deciding future management options for afforested deep peatland' (PDF). Five years in the making, the guid
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    • 16/06/2015 - Historic Environment
      Members in Argyll and Bute will have the opportunity to comment on the local authority’s newly proposed historic environment strategy until Monday 14th September.  This strategy aims to provide an overarching framework which will help the council and communities positively manage and benefit from the historic enviro
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    • 16/06/2015 - Rural Regulation Research Survey
      We encourage all members to complete this short survey (5-10 minutes) which looks are regulation of the rural sector. This is being conducted by Sven Robins who is undertaking a research placement with Highland Small Communities Housing Trust. The survey closes at 5pm on 23rd June.   http://hscht.polldaddy.com/s/effe
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    • 16/06/2015 - A New Commission Looking into Taxation in Scotland
      A new commission looking into taxation in Scotland has launched its call for evidence.  The Independent Commission for Competitive and Fair Taxation in Scotland is headed by former CBI Scotland director Sir Iain McMillan. A website – www.comtax.org – has been created where businesses, organisations and members of the pub
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    • 15/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15 June 2015.
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    • 15/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 08-12 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 08-12 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 12/06/2015 - Concerns remain over beaver reintroduction proposals
      Scottish Land & Estates has said there is ‘much to consider’ following today’s publication of a report on the future of beavers in Scotland. The Beavers in Scotland report, produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), has been sent to the Scottish Government to provide a summary of existing knowledge about the likel
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    • 11/06/2015 - MSP Departures
      A number of MSPs have already indicated their intention to stand down at the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2016, including the Chair of the Rural Affairs and Climate Change Committee, Rob Gibson and Minister for Community Empowerment, Marco Biagi. Tricia Marwick, the Presiding Officer; Margaret Burgess, the Housing
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    • 11/06/2015 - Westminster
      The new Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee will be Perth and North Perthshire MP Peter Wishart and the new Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Committee will be Angus MacNeil, the MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar.  Both candidates were the SNP's sole nominees for the chairmanship positions at close of nominations. The
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    • 11/06/2015 - Government Littering and Flytipping Questionnaire
      The Scottish Government is aiming to reduce rates of littering and flytipping across the country. As part of this, Zero Waste Scotland is undertaking a survey on the management and prevention of litter and flytips.  We would be extremely grateful if you could take a few minutes to participate: Litter & Flytipping Best Pr
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    • 11/06/2015 - Scotland misses annual emissions targets again
      This week saw the release of the latest greenhouse gas emissions figures. The statistics show that while there has been a 38.4% emissions cut since 1990, the annual target was missed by 1.7 MtCO2e. The Scottish Government framed the statistics as showing that we are well on our way to meeting our 2020 target of a 42 per c
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    • 11/06/2015 - New measures to reduce emmissions in farming
      The latest figures show that agriculture is responsible for 23.4% of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. This puts farming very much in the spotlight as all sectors are expected to reduce emissions. Following the release of the latest emissions figures, which show that Scotland continues to miss its annual reduction ta
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    • 11/06/2015 - Land Use Strategy Progress Statement 2015
      This week the Scottish Government has published the latest statement on progress being made in delivering the Land Use Strategy. This fourth Land Use Strategy (LUS) Progress Statement provides details of how the Strategy has been delivered for the period May 2014 - June 2015. It contains information on the milestone actio
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    • 11/06/2015 - Housing and Wellbeing Commission Launch Report
      The Commission on Housing and Wellbeing launched their report on Wednesday which puts forward 47 recommendations. The recommendations cover housing as home, neighbourhood and community, economic wellbeing, health and education, and environmental sustainability.  Read more...  
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    • 11/06/2015 - Planning Reform Proposals Ahead
      Alex Neil MSP has announced at the Scottish Panning Policy Conference that new advice to improve planning for infrastructure and housing across Scotland is set to be unveiled towards the end of the year. Mr Neil said the Scottish Government will be working with those involved in planning to propose further reforms in more det
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    • 11/06/2015 - Historic Environment
      The secondary legislation relating to the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 will shortly be passed by the Scottish Parliament after discussion by the Education and Culture Committee.  Historic Scotland is now drafting a circular regarding the working arrangements betweenapplicants, local authorities and Historic Env
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    • 11/06/2015 - Scottish Government announces more funding for peatland restoration
      Earlier this week Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, announced there will be a further £3 million of funding available each year for peatland restoration. The announcement was made during the Minister’s update to the Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s progress tackling climate chan
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    • 11/06/2015 - Community Empowerment Scotland Bill
      Stage 3 amendments to the Community Empowerment Scotland Bill will be considered by the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The debate and vote on Stage 3 amendments is expected to get underway at about 2.40pm and will be followed by the final debate on whether the Bill, as finally amended at Stage 3, should be
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    • 10/06/2015 - Corvid Trapping
      GWCT & SASA are working with trappers to collect information on corvid traps used under the General Licences. Using your experience and knowledge as practitioners, they are gathering information that will improve the understanding of this legitimate practice. To date, the response from trappers has been tremendous, with w
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    • 10/06/2015 - Driving Licences
      The paper counterpart of the driving licence for motorists in Scotland, England and Wales is abolished from 8 June.  It follows the “Red Tape Challenge” consultation on road transportation.   From today, new penalty points endorsed on a licence will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or w
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    • 10/06/2015 - New Planning Regulations for Listed Buildings and Buildings in Conservation Areas
      The Planning (Listed Building Consent and Conservation Area Consent Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 comes into force on 1st October 2015. These regulations revoke and replace the 1987 regulations. The regulations set out the procedures to be followed in relation to applications regarding listed buildings or building wi
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    • 10/06/2015 - Land Economy Student looking for blanket bog owners
      Murray Philp, a Masters student in Land Economy, is hoping to interview landowners and managers across Scotland who own or manage blanket bog.  He wants to explore attitudes towards owners and managers receiving payments for restoring and maintaining blanket bog in the public interest, i.e. for water and carbon storage and b
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    • 08/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 8 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 8 June 2015.
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    • 04/06/2015 - Farm Payment Rebate
      Scottish farmers and crofters are set to receive a share of Scotland’s £12.2 million Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) refund within days, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.   The funds were set aside from 2013 direct farm payments as required by Europe under a CAP budget balancing move called
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    • 04/06/2015 - Agri-Environment and Climate Change Scheme (AECS) deadline approaches
         The deadline for AECS submissions is 12 June 2015.  Scottish Government is asking applicants to remember to complete the forms detailed below and upload these with any AECS submission.    For the vast majority of applications a farm environmental assessment must be included.   The forms and documents
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    • 04/06/2015 - Food Levy Powers
      Food levy powers‪ Richard Lochhead met with his UK counterpart Liz Truss this week to discuss a range of issues.   Mr Lochhead pressed for more powers for the Scottish Government, in particular citing the importance of the Scottish Government being in charge of food levies in Scotland, and highlighted the need to up th
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    • 04/06/2015 - Flying the flag for private land management at EU Green Week
      Scottish Land & Estates and Wildlife Estates Scotland were delighted to support the European Landowners Organisation on their stand at the EU Green Week event in Brussels this week.   Donald Inch and Ross Macleod visited Brussels this week to represent Scottish Land & Estates and WES at EU Green Week.
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    • 04/06/2015 - New Tenant Farming Advisor
      Andrew Thin has been appointed as Scotland’s new independent advisor on tenant farming.   Mr Thin – who was a member of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group – has been tasked with working with the three main tenant farming industry bodies as sector reforms are taken forward. The role of independen
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    • 04/06/2015 - Agricultural Crime
      Scottish Land & Estates is part of a Working Group reviewing prosecution policy relating to agricultural crime.  Members views are sought to assist in shaping the new policy.  Please contact Jason Rust with any experiences or impact from agricultural crime.   The Crown Office are keen to understand the impa
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    • 04/06/2015 - Land Register of Scotland - A Year On
      One Year In   It is now one year since Scottish Ministers asked Registers of Scotland to complete the Land Register of Scotland within 10 years – by 2024 – and to register all public land within five years – by 2019.   To find out more about voluntary registration, or to discuss land register completio
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    • 03/06/2015 - Proposed agricultural minimum wage rise recognises industry challenges
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents farmers and landowners across Scotland, has said the proposed rise in the minimum wage rate for agricultural workers takes account of the challenges facing the farming sector. The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB), upon which Scottish Land & Estates are represented, has pro
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    • 01/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 1 June 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 1 June 2015.
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    • 01/06/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 25-29 May 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 25-29 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 29/05/2015 - Pioneering landowner-funded rural watch scheme unveiled in Renfrewshire
      A groundbreaking policing scheme designed to tackle rural crime and funded by private landowners has been unveiled today. Renfrewshire Rural Watch, an independent crimewatch group consisting of farmers, land managers and rural businesses, was formed after a group of land owners and residents in the area decided that they
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    • 29/05/2015 - Pesticides Disposal Scheme - deadline for new requests this Friday
      The phone line for the Scottish Pesticides Disposal Scheme, giving people the opportunity to dispose of certain banned pesticides safely and confidentially, will close this Friday 29th May at 4.30pm. This deadline is only for new calls, and all legitimate requests previously made, or received by phone or voicemail before the
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    • 28/05/2015 - EU Update in CAP
      The Commission is still receiving notifications from Member States on the implementation of the new rules of the CAP. A new wave of notifications is expected on equivalence by the 1st July, on EFA by 1st August and on monitoring data and permanent grassland ratio by 15th December. So far the notifications have confirmed the d
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    • 28/05/2015 - Urgent Enquiry - Event Space 18 & 19 July 2015
      Estate Life have an event enquiry and need your help.  Please read the initial event spec below and if you can accommodate, please email or telephone: Susan Reid, Managing Director T: 0131 556 4020 E: susan@estate-life.com Event Spec: 3000 racers booked for the Sprint and Super distance races (18th & 19th Jul
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    • 28/05/2015 - Extension to Pentland Hills Regional Park proposed
        Christine Grahame, MSP has recently introduced a Bill for the extension of Pentland Hills Regional Park.  The Bill awaits assignment to a Committee by the Scottish Parliament’s Business Bureau.  Scottish Land & Estates opposes the extension, over  concerns that there is no proper plan for funding and resources to
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    • 28/05/2015 - SRDP gets EU approval
      Scotland’s new rural development programme has been formally approved by Europe. The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 is co-funded by the Scottish Government and European Union and, as such, requires formal sign-off by the European Commission. Confirming that agreement has now been given, Scotla
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    • 25/05/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 25 May 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 25 May 2015.
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    • 25/05/2015 - Flying the flag for private conservation at the RSPB Big Nature Festival
      Representatives from Scottish Land & Estates, including the Scottish Moorland Group and Wildlife Estates Scotland were out in full force at the RSPB’s Big Nature Festival at Levenhall Links near Musselburgh last weekend. With the Curlew named  as this year’s ‘Bird of Focus’ at the event, it gave us a chance to showca
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    • 22/05/2015 - Landowners 'wholly committed' to working with communities for public benefit
      Private landowners are ‘wholly committed’ to working with communities to drive forward rural development across Scotland. Scottish Land & Estates’ chief executive Douglas McAdam said that private landowners are delivering substantial public benefit and the debate over private versus community ownership of land 'desp
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    • 22/05/2015 - Positive Scottish assessment in State of Nature report welcomed
      Landowners have welcomed an optimistic assessment for Scotland’s privately-owned protected habitats amongst a more mixed picture for the United Kingdom and Europe as a whole. A new report on the ‘State of Nature in the EU’ was published earlier this week by the European Commission. The publication showed that co
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    • 22/05/2015 - Curlews thrive on Scottish moorlands
      The much-loved Curlew is thriving on Scottish moorlands thanks to careful conservation work and moorland management. Named as this year’s ‘Bird of Focus’ for the RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival, taking place this weekend, the Curlew is in serious decline across much of Scotland, particularly in the lowlands, w
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    • 21/05/2015 - Cardross Estate Refutes Wildlife Crime Allegations
       Cardross Estate today issued the following statement after the conviction and sentencing of a gamekeeper at Stirling Sheriff Court on offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.   Sir Archie Orr Ewing, owner of Cardross Estate, said: "The reputation of the estate has been unjustly tarnished by the public
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    • 21/05/2015 - State of Nature: Largest ever assessment draws a mixed picture for Europe's habitats and species
      Brussels, 20 May 2015 The Commission has adopted a new report providing the most comprehensive picture yet on the ‘State of Nature in the EU’. The findings show that the majority of birds have a secure status, and some species and habitats are doing better. Targeted conservation actions have brought successes, but a m
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    • 21/05/2015 - Dormont Estate accredited as Living Wage Employer
        The Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, is pleased to announce that Dormont Estate has become accredited as a Living Wage employer.   Dormont Estate is a rural estate near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire which offers housing, commercial woodland, let farmland, a holiday cottage, fishing
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    • 19/05/2015 - Landowners presented with ‘unprecedented opportunity' to demonstrate public benefit they create
      Landowners across Scotland are being urged to grasp an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to cut through rhetoric surrounding land reform and demonstrate the benefits they deliver for rural Scotland. Speaking at a Scottish Land & Estates conference in Edinburgh on delivering public benefit from private land, David Johnstone,
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    • 18/05/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 May 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 May 2015.
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    • 18/05/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11-15 May 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11-15 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 15/05/2015 - Local Tax
      The Commission on Local Tax is looking at local government finance and possible Council Tax replacement.  You can provide your views through this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LV6K7F6 For further information on its work, the Commission's website can be found here http://localtaxcommission.scot/how-we-wo
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    • 14/05/2015 - Managing Woodlands for Wild Plants and Fungi
      Plantlife Scotland is offering free advice to landowners keen to help keep the vibrant diversity of wild plants and fungi in woodlands, while they are managed for timber. Woodlands are home to some of Scotland’s much –loved wildlife, but are also economically very important, supplying timber for a wide range of uses.
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    • 14/05/2015 - Scottish Government presented with Housing Petitions
      A petition with 3,200 signatures has been presented to the Scottish Government by Scottish Association of Landlords. The petition asks the Ministers to reflect on the importance of the private rented sector in Scotland when considering the introduction of rent controls and the abolishment of the no fault ground. PRS 4Scotland
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    • 14/05/2015 - Small Landholder Act Surveys are closing on 20 May
      The Small Landholder Act Surveys will be closing on the 20 May. If you have not completed your form, even to tell the Scottish Government you do not have a small landholder tenancy, it is important that you do so, to enable their records to be updated.  The Scottish Government are surveying people that appear in their re
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    • 14/05/2015 - Latest Scots Scenic Routes Viewpoint Launched
        The fourth and final installation of a pilot project for Scottish Scenic Routes has been unveiled.  An 8m-high pyramid-shaped viewpoint has been unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond in Argyll.  The structure - named An Ceann Mor - occupies a secluded spot at Inveruglas on the west of the loch, with views of the Arroc
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    • 14/05/2015 - Midlothian Local Development Plan
      The proposed plan for Midlothian has been published for consultation. This sets out a future development strategy and land use policy framework in Midlothian up to 2024. The consultation period ends on 16th May. http://midlothian-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/planningpolicy/mldp/mldppp
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    • 14/05/2015 - Knowlege Transfer and Innovation Fund opens
      In addition to the Food Processing Scheme, the Rural Development: Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF), the successor to the Skills Development Scheme, has opened. This scheme is worth £12 million over the course of the new SRDP. https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/knowledge-trans
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    • 14/05/2015 - Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) Grant Scheme Opens
        The latest part of the new SRDP has been opened for applications. This week Mr Lochhead announced the new Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant scheme is now open for capital-related applications. The scheme will widen to non-capital and co-operation bids later in 2015. The scheme will plough
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    • 12/05/2015 - Landowners back call for public to report hen harrier sightings
      A partnership backed by landowners has launched a fresh initiative to encourage the public to report sightings of the hen harrier, one of Britain’s finest birds of prey. The ‘Heads Up for Harriers’ group, set up by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAWS) - of which Scottish Land & Estates i
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    • 11/05/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 May 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 May 2015.
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    • 11/05/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 4-8 May 2015
        Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 4-8 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 08/05/2015 - General Election 2015
      The Conservative Party has won the 2015 General Election, with an overall majority in the House of Commons.    In Scotland, the Scottish National Party won 56 out 59 constituencies, with the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, and the Labour Party each winning one constituency each.   Full details on the
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    • 07/05/2015 - Sustainable Moorland Management
      Representatives from Wildlife Estates Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates met with Ian Ross, Chairman of SNH last Friday at Allargue Estate to discuss sustainable moorland management issues. Adrian and Rosey Walker from Purdey award-winning and WES accredited Allargue Estate hosted a meeting with Ian Ross, Chairman of SN
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    • 07/05/2015 - Views on Shared Ownership for Renewables
      Scottish Government’s consultation on Good Practice Principles for Shared Ownership of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments is due to end on 9th June. Scottish Land and Estates will be submitting a response and would appreciate any comments you may have. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/2956
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    • 07/05/2015 - Private Tenancy E-Petition
      Scottish Land and Estates is adding rural weight to the Scottish Association of Landlord’s e-petition regarding the new residential tenancy. We encourage all members to sign up to this e-petition. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/clear-tenancy-agreements-for-landlords-and-tenants-2
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    • 07/05/2015 - Overcrowding Consultation
        The Scottish Government has published a consultation proposing the ability for Local Auhtorities to issue Overcrowding Statutory Notices to landlords in cases where there is overcrowding in the PRS and this impacts on the wellbeing of anyone in the property, or of the surrounding area. We will be submitting a response
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    • 07/05/2015 - Last chance to have your say on the new residential tenancy
      The Scottish Government’s second consultation on a new residential tenancy for the private tenancy closes on Sunday 10th May. We encourage all members to submit responses to this consultation. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/6142
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    • 06/05/2015 - Local Taxation Views Sought
      The Scottish Government and COSLA  Commission on Local Tax Reform has launched an online survey seeking the views of interested individuals on how local government should be funded in the future.  Members are encouraged to feed in their views. The Commission has also issued a call for written evidence from any interest
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    • 06/05/2015 - Current consultations - 06 May 2015
        Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 06/05/2015 - Illegal pesticide removal - Time running out to make use of free scheme
        The scheme to get rid of illegal pesticides which could be used to poison wildlife will close on 29 May 2015, Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod announced today.   The pesticides disposal scheme allows those who know, or suspect they are in possession of certain pesticides which are illegal, to dispose of t
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    • 06/05/2015 - NEW PEATLAND PARTNERSHIP HELPS TO SAVE VITAL SCOTTISH RESOURCE
      A pioneering project to restore one of the country’s most vital natural resources is set to provide a valuable environmental legacy. Landowners and land managers in the north east of Scotland are working with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) to restore peatland areas as p
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    • 30/04/2015 - Clarification on the Active Farmer test
      The Scottish Government have provided a slight clarification on the 50% rough grazing rule. The Active Farmer test has been causing a great deal of uncertainty, especially the rule that if more than 50% of a claimants total declared land is in Regions 2 or 3, then they have to meet the minimum activity requirements on tha
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    • 30/04/2015 - CAP: Lochhead threatens landowners with targeted inspections
      Richard Lochhead has warned landowners seeking to claim under the Basic Payment Scheme that they will be closely scrutinised and likely to be the focus of targeted inspections. This week has seen ongoing criticism of landowners with regard to potentially claiming under the Basic Payment Scheme and the consequences for the
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    • 30/04/2015 - Salmon and Sea Trout Statistics Published
      Scottish Government has published catch statistics for Salmon and Sea Trout in Scotland. Marine Scotland has analysed the stocks based on these figures. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/04/6918
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    • 30/04/2015 - Agriculture crime in the spotlight on members' farm
      Gavin Marshall, owner of Baddinsgill Farm in West Linton has hosted a visit by Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, as efforts are stepped up to tackle the problem of agricultural crime. The Marshall family met with Mr Wheelhouse and Christine Grahame MSP, Convenor of the parliament’s Just
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    • 30/04/2015 - Landowners call for solution to seasonal grazing issue
      Scottish Land & Estates is calling for all parties involved in the industry to work together for the benefit of Scottish agriculture as a whole. Following the publication of the latest statistics on tenanted agricultural land and comment from Richard Lochhead ahead of a meeting with the other industry bodies, Scottish Lan
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    • 30/04/2015 - Latest Tenanted Land Stats
      This week saw the release of the latest statistics on Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland. The figures show that the total area of rented agricultural land has remained broadly constant in recent years, but with a move from longer-term to seasonal lets, and a slight fall in both in 2014. The average rent in 2014/15 was
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    • 30/04/2015 - SNH releases reports on Tayside beavers
      Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has published three reports on behalf of the Tayside Beaver Study Group. More than 150 beavers living in the River Tay and Earn catchments have been found to be well adapted to living in Scotland; are Eurasian beavers once native to Britain; and are free of diseases of concern to humans, do
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    • 30/04/2015 - Statement on the final report on the work of the Tayside Beaver Study Group
      The final report on the work of the Tayside Beaver Study Group has been published and Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following response. A spokesman said: “We have been an active member of the Tayside Beaver Study Group and are keen that as much information as possible is available to the Minister ahead of the d
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    • 29/04/2015 - Labour Party announce Rural Manifesto - General Election 2015
        The Labour Party has launched their rural manifesto. The manifesto covers topics such as low-pay in agricultural, affordable homes and creating a new supermarket watchdog.   To read the Rual Manifesto please follow this link - http://www.labouremail.org.uk/files/uploads/f317a8bc-5941-67d4-9151-52d62ec0e9c9.pdf
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    • 28/04/2015 - Landowners call for solution to seasonal grazings issue
      Following the publication of the latest statistics on tenanted agricultural land and comment from Richard Lochhead ahead of a meeting with the other industry bodies, Scottish Land & Estates is calling for all parties involved in the industry to work together for the benefit of Scottish agriculture as a whole. David Johnst
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    • 28/04/2015 - Liberal Democrats Environment & Nature Manifesto
        The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto for the environment. It covers areas such as protecting nature, skills and growth, housing, energy efficiency and climate change.   To read the full manifesto please follow this link - http://bit.ly/1JNCyuL
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    • 28/04/2015 - Community Safety Minister visits Peebleshire farm to discuss impact of agricultural crime
      A Peebleshire farm has hosted a visit by Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, as efforts are stepped up to tackle the problem of agricultural crime. Gavin Marshall, owner of Baddinsgill Farm in West Linton – which is a member of Scottish Land & Estates – met with Mr Wheelhouse and Christ
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    • 27/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 April 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 April 2015.
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    • 27/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20-24 April 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20 - 24 April which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 24/04/2015 - Who's Watching Who - Walk & Talk event
        The first Rural Security Walk & Talk event for the South East took place at Saughland in Midlothian on Thursday 23 April, hosted by Richard Callendar and Police Scotland with support from Scottish Land & Estates.     Around 20 members took part in the event to discuss issues in the area, share intel and look
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    • 23/04/2015 - Country Sports boost tourism
      Scotland’s country sports sector is on course to contribute to more than one million visitor nights to the nation’s tourism sector this year. For more information please click on attachment below.
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    • 23/04/2015 - HMRC Let Property Campaign
      HMRC has launched its latest Let Property campaign which allows all landlords of let property to catch up where they have either avoided or inadvertently or deliberately not paid tax on rental profits. HMRC has offered lower penalties to those who come forward, rather than waiting to have HMRC start a compliance check or an i
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    • 20/04/2015 - SNP Manifesto – General Election 2015
      The SNP has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the SNP website here - http://www.snp.org/node/15170 
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    • 20/04/2015 - Environment Minister visits Tayside farmers to discuss impact of beaver population
      Tayside farmers have shared their concerns about the impact of beaver populations in the region during a visit by the Scottish Government Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod MSP. Dr McLeod travelled to meet potato farmer Peter Grewar at East Ardler Farm and beef and arable farmer
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    • 20/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 April 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 April which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 20/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 April 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 April 2015.
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    • 17/04/2015 - Current consultations - 17 April 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 17/04/2015 - Minister to visit Tayside Members
      The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr Aileen McLeod will visit farmers in Tayside on Monday to see firsthand the impacts beavers are having on their farming operations.  The visit has been organised by Scottish Land & Estates following on from discussions we had with the Minister in January about t
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    • 16/04/2015 - SAF Deadline extended
      Following lobbying from across the industry, including from Scottish Land & Estates, the Scottish Government has decided to extend the SAF deadline by one month until June 15, 2015. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead confirmed the Scottish Government will allow farmers to benefit from the flexibility announced by th
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    • 16/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates responds to seasonal grazing issues
      As Scotland’s farmers get their heads around the new CAP regime and prepare their SAF submissions, Scottish Land & Estates is urging all farmers to work together to make sure that Scottish agriculture as a whole is the winner from the new regime. The cancelling of old Single Farm Payment entitlements and the allocation
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    • 16/04/2015 - Interested in joining Perth and Kinross Outdoor Access Forum?
      Perth and Kinross Outdoor Access Forum AGM will be held on Thursday 30th April at the Bankfoot Church Centre (Moneydie Church) Bankfoot, Perthshire 18.30-21.00.  Anyone with an interested is invited along.  There  will be a short talk by Morag Watson on the work of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and ligh
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    • 15/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates urges farmers to work together ahead of Single Application Form deadline
      As Scotland’s farmers get their heads around the new CAP regime and prepare their SAF submissions, Scottish Land & Estates is urging all farmers to work together to make sure that Scottish agriculture as a whole is the winner from the new regime. The cancelling of old Single Farm Payment entitlements and the allocation
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    • 15/04/2015 - UKIP Manifesto – General Election 2015
        The UK Independence Party has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the UKIP website here - http://www.ukip.org/manifesto2015 
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    • 15/04/2015 - Liberal Democrat Manifesto – General Election 2015
        The Liberal Democrats has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the Liberal Democrat website here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto   The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party has also published its manifesto for the upcoming election. More details c
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    • 15/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates calls for delay in SAF deadline
      Scottish Land & Estates today appealed to the Scottish Government to use the available extension to the Single Application Forms deadline. The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development has signalled that the deadline could be moved to 15 June. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estate
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    • 14/04/2015 - Conservative Party Manifesto – General Election 2015
        The Conservative Party has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the UK Conservative Party website here - https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto.aspx   The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party has also launched their manifesto for the upcoming
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    • 14/04/2015 - Green Party Manifesto – General Election 2015
        The Green Party has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the Green Party website here - https://www.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/manifesto/Green_Party_2015_General_Election_Manifesto.pdf   The Scottish Green Party has also published its manifest
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    • 14/04/2015 - Call from Wildlife Organisations for Ban on Mountain Hare Culls is 'Heavy Handed And Ill-Informed
      Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group part of Scottish Land & Estates, said the call from some wildlife organisations for a three-year-ban on the culling of mountain hares is a heavy-handed, ill-informed initiative that fails to reflect the true picture of what is happening on grouse moors.   "There is no t
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    • 13/04/2015 - Labour Party Manifesto – General Election 2015
        The Labour Party has published its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.   The full manifesto can be found on the Labour website here - http://www.labour.org.uk/manifesto   The Scottish Labour Party has also launched their manifesto for the upcoming election. More details can be found here - http:/
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    • 13/04/2015 - General Election 2015 – Hustings in South West Region
        On 28th April Loreburn Community Council has organised an Election hustings event for the Dumfries & Galloway Constituency, at 7pm in Greyfriars Church, Dumfries.    And BBC Radio Scotland are hosting a hustings debate in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway for the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale constitue
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    • 13/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 April 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 April 2015.
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    • 10/04/2015 - New Fuel Poverty Support Announced
      A new £14 million pound interest free loan scheme has been announced by the Scottish Government. Homeowners, from later this year, can claim up to £10,000 for energy efficiency works. There will also be another phase of the cashback scheme with £10 million allocated to homeowners and private tenants. http://news.scotland
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    • 09/04/2015 - New scheme introduced for those impacted by sea eagles
          A new scheme has been introduced to continue support for livestock farmers and crofters experiencing impacts across the sea eagle breeding range. The scheme will investigate all issues involving sea eagle impacts on livestock. It will operate from 2015 to 2018 and it will also trial prevention measures where requ
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    • 09/04/2015 - Service to dispose of banned pesticides
      More than 80 calls have been taken by the free and confidential scheme for the disposal of banned/illegal pesticides launched in early March. If you are, or suspect you are, in possession of one or more banned pesticides, please call the pesticides disposal scheme line on 0131 472 4187 to arrange collection. The line is open
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    • 09/04/2015 - Scone goes solar
        The successful installation of a 50kW roof mounted PV system for Scone Estates has now been completed. The system was installed on one of the Estate’s agricultural sheds located on part of Scone Estate, not far from Scone Palace itself. The work was overseen by Smiths Gore’s Sustainable and Renewable Energy team wh
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    • 09/04/2015 - Scottish Conservatives in Aberdeenshire
        On Thursday 9 April Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson visited a north-east farm to highlight the party’s rural affairs credentials.   Ahead of the visit, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said:   “We have a rural action plan, which will be in our manifesto, and will show we are s
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    • 09/04/2015 - Forum for the Future of Agriculture Conference
        On Tuesday 31 March the 8th Forum for the Future of Agriculture was held in Brussels. This year's agenda focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A new momentum for European agriculture.    Speakers included Janez Potočnik, the Chair FFA2015 and Chairman Rise Foundation, Phil Hogan, Commissioner for
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    • 09/04/2015 - 'Take Care of Your Trails' Weekend
      Together with Developing Mountain Bike in Scotland, Scottish Cycling are asking Scotland’s cyclists to take part in the country’s largest ever trail ‘Take Care of your Trails’ maintenance weekend over the 11th and 12th April 2015. Trail repair groups from across Scotland will work together as part of a coordinated
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    • 09/04/2015 - General Election 2015 Hustings – Federation of Small Businesses
        The Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland is hosting a hustings for the Badenoch & Strathspey constituency, which will take place in the Aviemore Village Hall on 21st April. This event provides a good chance to go along and hear the views and priorities of the General Election candidates for those in the Badenoch
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    • 09/04/2015 - General Election 2015 – Leader’s Debates
        Over the past week, several debates have been held between the leaders of the main political parties in Scotland and in the UK allowing them to discuss their party’s ambitions and goals for the upcoming General Election on 7 May 2015.   Coverage of these debates can still be accessed via the links below:
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    • 08/04/2015 - Farmers must register on Rural Payments and Services
      The Scottish Government is urging all farmers, crofters and land managers submitting Single Application Forms (SAF) to register their details online on the new Rural Payments and Services system – including those submitting their SAF on paper.   Everyone must register by 15th May 2015, which is also the final day t
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    • 08/04/2015 - Briefing Note on Compulsory Purchase Discussion Paper
        The Scottish Law Commission has issued a discussion paper on Compulsory Purchase on which it is consulting until June 2015.
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    • 07/04/2015 - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill Briefing Note
      A Briefing Note has been produced on the status of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill as at April 2015.
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    • 07/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 6 April 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 6 April 2015.
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    • 07/04/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 March - 2 April 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 March - 2 April which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 02/04/2015 - Government to inviest in Campbletown Creamery
      The Scottish Government is ready to invest in Campbeltown Creamery according to Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. The First Milk plant supports almost 40 dairy farms and 100 jobs on the Kintyre peninsula and during a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of Scotland’s dairy sector, Mr Lochhead confirme
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    • 02/04/2015 - Cairngorms collaboration - peatland visit
       Scottish Moorland Group Chairman, Andrew Hopetoun and Director, Tim Baynes visited a peatland restoration site on Glenlivet Estate.  The Cairngorms National Park are supporting estates which want to restore damaged peat bogs and this is one of the joint activities being developed under the new partnership between landowner
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    • 02/04/2015 - Forestry Grant Scheme and Agri-Environment Climate Scheme open for applications
      The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) and the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) are now open for funding applications from farmers, crofters and land managers across Scotland. Applications can be submitted online using the new Rural Payments and Services system which the Scottish Government launched in January this year.
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    • 02/04/2015 - George McRobbie appointed Forestry Commissioner
        Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of Scottish Ministers, has approved the appointment of George McRobbie as Forestry Commissioner for Scotland and the timber trade.    Mr McRobbie, currently Managing Director of UPM Tilhill, will serve for a three-year term of office from 1st April 2015.    He is
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    • 01/04/2015 - Landowners support tenant farming advisor role
      Following today’s announcement by the Scottish Government on the appointment of an independent advisor on tenant farming, David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are very pleased that the Scottish Government is to appoint an independent advisor on tenant farming prior to the creation of a permanent
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    • 30/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 March 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 March 2015.
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    • 30/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23-27 March 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23-27 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 27/03/2015 - Purdey Awards deadline on 11th May - could you win?
      Purdey Awards deadline on 11th May - could you win? The Purdey Awards have been going for 30 years and cover all types and sizes of shoot which can show benefits to conservation and biodiversity.  The rewards are the prestige and cash which could help to develop a game and conservation project.  The 2014 joint gold awar
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    • 27/03/2015 - Survey of Small Landholders
      The Scottish Government is surveying everyone it is aware of that has a tenancy under the Small Landholders (Scotland) Acts. There are two different surveys – one for those within the Crofting Counties and one for those out with the Crofting Counties. If you let land to someone under the Small Landholders (S
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    • 27/03/2015 - Borderlands Final Report Published
       The Scottish Affairs Committee has now published its final report which contains conclusions and recommendations and can be viewed by clicking here . Scottish Land & Estates – with input from members – provided a response to the initial inquiry document.  More recently, James Pringle (SE member) and Teresa Dougall
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    • 26/03/2015 - More National Parks could rejuvenate Scotland's fragile rural areas
        Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) have issues a joint press release on the creation of more National Parks in Scotland:   Creating more National Parks could be a cost-effective way to provide a major economic boost to a number of fragile
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    • 26/03/2015 - Scottish Affairs Committee publish Final Report on Land Reform in Scotland
        In July 2013 the Scottish Affairs Committee launched an open consultation on a programme of comprehensive land reform in Scotland and, after publishing their interim report in March 2014, have now published the Final Report of their findings. Scottish Land & Estates contributed both written and oral evidence to this in
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    • 25/03/2015 - Landowners highlight tenant farming risks and opportunities to MSPs
      Scottish Land & Estates has presented evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Climate Change and Environment Committee on the final report of the Agricultural Holdings Review Group. In its evidence to the committee, Scottish Land & Estates states:- Landowners want to see churn in the sector, allo
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    • 23/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 March 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 March 2015.
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    • 23/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16-20 March 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16-20 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 23/03/2015 - Mountain hares on the march after grouse bonanza
      The Highlands are celebrating a special conservation bonus following two very good grouse seasons. Scottish moorland managers are reporting large numbers of the much loved and easily recognised mountain hare, linked to last year’s ‘best in a generation’ grouse season. The Scottish population of hares is thought to b
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    • 20/03/2015 - New consultation - Good Practice Principles For Shared Ownership Of Onshore Renewable Energy Developments
        The Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on a new document which, once finalised, will sit as an annex to the existing “Good Practice Principles for Community Benefits from Onshore Renewable Energy Developments”. This document is intended to set out good practice expectations for developers
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    • 20/03/2015 - Scotland's Biodiversity - a Route Map on 2020
      This week saw Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, provide a draft of the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Route Map to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee ahead of its consideration of biodiversity this month. The Route Map identifies six ‘Big Steps for Nature’ and a number of prio
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    • 20/03/2015 - Current consultations - 20 March 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 20/03/2015 - Rural landlords support targeted action to prevent retaliatory housing evictions and call for similar measures in Scotland
      A new English law banning retaliatory evictions in the private rental housing sector can pave the way for similar targeted legislation in Scotland, a rural membership organisation has said. Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses across the country – including landlords supplying affordable rural home
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    • 20/03/2015 - Winter plantings steady, moderate increases in some livestock
      The results of the December Agricultural Survey show that livestock numbers have generally increased since last year, though poultry numbers fell sharply. Scotland's Chief Statistician has released the latest results from the December Agricultural Survey. Cattle numbers rose marginally, by 0.4 per cent, to 1.73 millio
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    • 20/03/2015 - SAF window opens (but could be extended)
      The window for submitting Single Application Forms (SAF) opened on Monday March 16, 2015 and is currently planned to close on Friday May 15, 2015. However, after industry lobbying Phil Hogan has signaled that this date could be extended by one month if Member States choose. Speaking before the Commissioner’s announcemen
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    • 20/03/2015 - Food Commission to establish a network of local good food champions
      The Food Commission, which met for the first time in Edinburgh this week announced that it wants to establish a network of local good food champions to encourage the sourcing and selling of locally produced, in-season food in their areas.The Commission also discussed the next steps to take in helping Scotland become a Good Fo
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    • 20/03/2015 - European Commissioner to attend Royal Highland Show
      Richard Lochhead has announced that the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, has accepted an invitation to attend this year’s Royal Highland Show. Mr Lochhead met with Commissioner Hogan at the European Council on Monday. He said: “I’m delighted that Commissioner Hogan wil
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    • 20/03/2015 - Rural Scotland rated very good place to live
      Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015 has been published today. The publication brings together previously published statistics on a range of key policy areas, providing comparisons between remote rural areas, accessible rural areas and the rest of Scotland. The statistics provide a valuable evidence base on issues affecting rural Sc
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    • 19/03/2015 - Scottish Parliament Motions
        There are two motions which have been lodged recently at the Scottish Parliament which may be of interest to members:   Motion S4M-12634 lodged by Graeme Dey of the Scottish National Party congratulates Callum Low, from Arbroath, on being named the winner of the Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year A
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    • 19/03/2015 - Bute Estate confirms financial support for its dairy farms
        Press release from Bute Estate:   The Trust which manages and administers the Bute Estate has confirmed a number of emergency measures of support to its dairy farmers in acknowledgement of the difficult financial pressures they face as a result of the continued decline in the milk price offered by processor Fi
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    • 19/03/2015 - New report highlights how productive tree planting can reduce flood risk
      PLANTING productive woodland in specific areas of the UK could reduce the risk of flooding, according to a landmark report published today (Tuesday 17 March). The study by Forest Research (1) and Scotland-based trade body Confor (2) highlights the role productive woodland (3) can play in lessening the likelihood of fl
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    • 19/03/2015 - Bute Estate confirms financial support for its dairy farms
        The Trust which manages and administers the Bute Estate has confirmed a number of emergency measures of support to its dairy farmers in acknowledgement of the difficult financial pressures they face as a result of the continued decline in the milk price offered by processor First Milk.   The Mount Stuart T
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    • 17/03/2015 - LEAF calls on Scotland's farming and food industry to back Open Farm Sunday
       LEAF joins forces with farmers, industry representatives and MSPs at Holyrood reception Call for more Scottish farmers to take part in Open Farm Sunday 2015  LEAF reveals its 10 year vision for Open Farm Sunday in Scotland LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) yesterday joined leading representativ
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    • 16/03/2015 - Landowners reminded of their obligation to prevent ragwort spread
        The Scottish Government are reminding all landowners and managers of their obligation to prevent the spread of ragwort which is an injurious weed that is particularly problematic to horses but affects other livestock too.   The Scottish Government are asking all landowners and managers to familiarise themselves wi
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    • 16/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 March 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 March 2015
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    • 16/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 9-13 March 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 9-13 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 13/03/2015 - Lynx UK Trust announces reintroduction survey
        A body promoting the reintroduction of Lynx to the UK has this week launched its own consultation to gauge the public’s attitude towards reintroduction proposals.  The Lynx UK Trust says it has identified a site in Scotland and two in England for a trial reintroduction and that it intends to submit a license applica
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    • 13/03/2015 - United Kingdom contingency plan for exotic notifiable diseases of animals
        The revised United Kingdom Contingency Plan for Exotic Notifiable Diseases of Animals has now been published. The contingency plan provides an overview of the response to an outbreak of exotic notifiable disease at the UK level. The plan describes the roles, responsibilities, structures and communications that will be
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    • 13/03/2015 - “Jess the Dog” outdoor access campaign
        Outdoor Access Scotland has launched its “Jess the Dog” radio campaign to warn the public to take care around livestock with young animals this spring and summer.    With the start of spring lambing and calving, dogs can be a real worry for farm animals, particularly those with young, and this campaign ur
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    • 12/03/2015 - Electrical Safety Guidance
      The Scottish Government has published statutory guidance on electrical safety in private rented homes. An information sheet on this matter can be found on our website and the statutory guidance can be found here...
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    • 12/03/2015 - Scottish Government sees sense on Sporting Estates
        After months of lobbying the Scottish Government with our concerns and requesting them to provide details relating to the negative list, the Scottish Government has finally announced that it is unlikely to add sporting estates to the negative list at this point in time.   Scottish Land & Estates welcomes this
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    • 12/03/2015 - Application window for Agri-environment and Forestry
        The Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary has confirmed that because of EU delays in approving the new SRDP, and the resulting clash with the SAF window, the Forestry Grant Scheme and Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) will now open on Monday March 30, 2015. AECS applications will be accepted until Friday June 12, 20
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    • 12/03/2015 - LFASS 2014 payments start
      Thousands of hill farmers and crofters in Scotland’s most fragile and remote areas are set to receive vital support payments by the end of this week. 10,000 payments from the Scottish Government’s £65.5 million Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2014 will start to arrive in bank accounts by Friday (March 13, 2
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    • 12/03/2015 - Scottish Water Meeting
      SAAVA are meeting with Scottish Water next week and are keen to hear of any landowners who have had problems. Evidence is helpful to facilitate discussions, and work out how common problems can be solved to the satisfaction of all parties. Please contact Christine Nisbet cn@seedandco.com with any examples.
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    • 11/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes Scottish Government’s farming support announcement
      Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is unlikely to add sporting estates to the negative list at this point in time. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates said: “We welcome the decision by the Scottish Government not to add sporting estates to the negative lis
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    • 11/03/2015 - Woodland creation scheme in Menstrie Glen
        One of the UK’s largest woodland creation schemes in recent years, being carried out by Scottish Land & Estates members UPM Tilhill, will see 1.3 million trees being planted on a site above Menstrie, within the Ochil Hills on the border of Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Perthshire.   Over the next six months
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    • 11/03/2015 - Land and Buildings Transaction Tax v Stamp Duty Land Tax
      LBTT will replace SDLT from 1 April 2015 on transactions involving land in Scotland. The residential and non-residential rates are different and to qualify for SDLT rather than LBTT the purchase must complete before 1 April.  Specialist advice should be taken when considering the tax consequences of any purchase.  
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    • 11/03/2015 - Task Force on Land
      The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP has announced the setting up of a task force to consider registration of land and associated information as part of a new digital information system.  Sheenagh Adams, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland will head up the group which will also comprise COSLA, the Improvement
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    • 11/03/2015 - VAT points to consider when opening the farm shop or cafe for the season
      Many farm shops and farm catering outlets will be getting ready to re-open for the Easter break at the start of April. Whilst diversification into some retail or catering might seem like a logical step for a business predominantly engaged in food production, it does bring with it a number of pitfalls, not least the somewhat a
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    • 09/03/2015 - Press & Journal Comment Column - call for cross-industry goodwill
      Comment Column by David Johnstone as published in the Press & Journal on 7 March 2015: It was a review that took 18 months from inception to delivery, but the focus has now shifted to what agricultural holdings legislation will bring – and what will happen before any bill is passed.   Recent weeks have seen var
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    • 09/03/2015 - Press & Journal Comment Column - call for cross-industry goodwill
        Comment Column by David Johnstone as published in the Press & Journal on 7 March 2015: It was a review that took 18 months from inception to delivery, but the focus has now shifted to what agricultural holdings legislation will bring – and what will happen before any bill is passed.   Recent weeks have s
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    • 09/03/2015 - Scottish Gamekeepers Association warns of job losses
        Whilst launching ‘The Year of the Rural Worker’, their new year-long initiative outlining the "vital role land labourers and their families play in community life", the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) have warned of the potential for job losses resulting from the removal of business rate exemption for countr
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    • 09/03/2015 - Scottish Government announces new members of CNPA Board
        Scottish Ministers have announced the appointment of two new Board members for the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority.   Judith Webb joins the board immediately, whilst Janet Hunter will join in September 2015.    Board Convener, Duncan Bryden welcomed the new appointments saying: “I a
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    • 09/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 9 March 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 9 March 2015
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    • 09/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 2-6 March 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 2-6 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 06/03/2015 - Fuel Discount for Scotland's Rural Communities
        The UK Government is extending the rural fuel rebate to 17 more isolated communities, including 13 Scottish communities.   Residents across 17 of the UK’s most rural areas with the highest fuel prices are to benefit from a 5 pence per litre fuel price cut from 31 May, with retailers able to register for the
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    • 06/03/2015 - Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards 2015
        Lantra Scotland held their 12th annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards in the Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday 5th March.    The ceremony was attended by 220 employers, trainees and industry representatives who came together to celebrate the achievements of 29 talented winners and
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    • 05/03/2015 - Guide on how to manage invasive non-native forestry species
        A guide for foresters on how to manage invasive and non-native forestry species has been published on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.   It aims to help forest owners and managers comply with their responsibilities to protect Scotland from any potentially damaging effects of invasive or non-native for
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    • 05/03/2015 - Current consultations - 3 March 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 04/03/2015 - North Coast 500 tourist route
        The North Coast 500 (NC500) is the name of the new, unique route designed to bring together the best of the North Highlands’ in one iconic touring experience. The route follows the stunning coastal edges from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, round the infamous west coast upwards towards the north west and dow
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    • 04/03/2015 - Improving the comfort and energy efficiency of traditional farmhouses
        SRUC and Farm Energy Consulting are running a course on the 26th March to help people understand how they can increase the energy efficiency of traditional farmhouses using appropriate materials and methods.    For more information please visit: www.sruc.ac.uk  
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    • 04/03/2015 - Scottish Cabinet to visit Inverness
        The Scottish Cabinet are travelling to Inverness on March 23 to undertake a series of engagements at local businesses and organisations, including taking part in a public question and answer session to enable people to put across their views on issues important to them.    The question and answer session is b
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    • 04/03/2015 - Electrical Safety in PRS
        The Scottish Government has published their statutory guidance on electrical installations and appliances in private rented property. All new tenancies from 1st December 2015 must have electrical certificates and all existing tenancies at 30th November 2015 must have certificates by 1st December 2016.    The
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    • 04/03/2015 - Electronic Communications Code Consultation
        The UK Government has published the electronic communication code consultation. This will potentially have a significant impact on the rights and payments members will receive for telelcoms. We urge members to respond individually or feed comments to the policy team who will be submitting a response.   For mor
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    • 03/03/2015 - RHI Degression - Latest Annoucements
        The Government has announced the latest degression position for both domestic and non-domestic RHI.   Domestic scheme degression announcement Non-Domestic scheme announcement
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    • 03/03/2015 - Local Flood Risk Management Plan Consultations
      Scotland is working towards the delivery of the first ever Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans which will help to make the most effective use of shared resources by targeting areas where the greatest benefit of intervention can be realised.  For each Local Plan District, a Flood Risk Manage
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    • 03/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 2 March 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 2 March 2015
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    • 03/03/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23-27 February 2015
      Scottish Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23-27 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 03/03/2015 - Second River Basin Management Plan Consultations
      There are approximately 5 weeks left to respond to the Scotland consultation and 14 weeks to respond to the Solway/Tweed consultation. Scottish Land & Estates is responding to these consultations.  Your views are important and we urge you to consider these consultations and feedback any points you have to Anne Gray at Headqu
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    • 03/03/2015 - Improving The Physical Condition of Scotland's Water Environment
      The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the physical condition of Scotland’s water environment which aims to strengthen the delivery framework. Three broad areas of work are proposed: promote a more structured approach and greater collaboration in the development and delivery of river restoration proj
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    • 03/03/2015 - Scotland's Economic Strategy launched
        First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, today launched the Scottish Government Economic Strategy, setting out the framework for creating “a more cohesive and resilient economy that improves the opportunities, life chances, and wellbeing of eve
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    • 02/03/2015 - Landowners call for cross-industry goodwill on tenant farming issues
      Scottish Land & Estates urges organisations to work together in post-review period Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, today urged all farming industry bodies to work together constructively in the aftermath of the Scottish Government-led review of agricultural legislation.
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    • 26/02/2015 - Conservative Tax Commission
      A new independent Commission for Competitive and Fair Taxation in Scotland has been set-up by the Scottish Conservative Party.  The Commission will examine how best the Scottish Parliament should use existing and new tax powers to boost economic growth in Scotland and will also make recommendations on public sector spending.
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    • 26/02/2015 - LEADER Local Action Groups are Recruiting! Help guide funding for rural projects
      The Community Partnership would like to encourage everyone with an interest in community development to consider expressing their interest in the following LEADER LAG recruitment opportunity. The new LEADER Programmes are soon to launch and the Local Action Groups (LAGs) that oversee the Programmes are looking for new mem
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    • 26/02/2015 - RICS issues views on Agricultural Holdings Report
      The RICS has published its analysis of the recommendations contained within the Agricultural Holdings Review Report, stating that  whilst there are some that RICS considers deliverable, achievable and endorse, there are others which are concerning and require significant consideration. Read more...  
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    • 26/02/2015 - Statutory Instrument on Common Agricultural Policy
      The SSI on CAP payments has now been laid before Parliament. The SSI includes details on the minimum activity rules which have been designed to prevent slipper farmers from claiming payment support under the new CAP. Full guidance will be published by the Scottish Government next week.   For more information plea
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    • 26/02/2015 - Householders to receive leaflet explaining new Scottish Powers
      Every household in Scotland will receive a leaflet explaining what new powers might be handed to Holyrood as part of a public information campaign. Legislation on new powers was published in January but it will not be made law until after May's general election. Read more...  
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    • 24/02/2015 - Agricultural Crime Evidence Session
      The growing problem of agricultural crime was on the agenda for the Scottish Government’s Justice Committee on Tuesday 24 February.  Teresa Dougall, South West & South East Regional Manager, gave evidence at the session in Holyrood.    The purpose of the session was to provide the Committee with information on th
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    • 23/02/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16-20 February 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16-20 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 23/02/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 February 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 February 2015.
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    • 23/02/2015 - Scottish Pesticides Disposal Scheme 2015 - Accepted Substances Guide
      Make use of free pesticide disposal scheme   A scheme to get rid of illegal pesticides which could be used to poison wildlife, has been launched today.   The scheme will allow those who know, or suspect they are in possession of certain pesticides which are illegal, to dispose of them safely and confidential
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    • 20/02/2015 - Current Consultations Papers at 20 February 2015
      Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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    • 20/02/2015 - Crofting
      Scottish Land & Estates this week submitted written evidence to the Rural Affairs Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Minister’s amendments on crofting community right to buy.  A link to the oral evidence session can be found here... To view Scottish Land & Estates written evidence please click on the PDF below
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    • 19/02/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates’ statement on Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report
      Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement on the Scottish Environment LINK wildlife crime report. Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Like every organisation with the interests of rural Scotland at heart, we share the stated ambition of the LINK report – to eradicate wil
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    • 19/02/2015 - Lewis and Harris Goose Management Scheme Set for Take-Off
      A new three year pilot project to manage the greylag goose population of Lewis and Harris is due to begin.  The initiative sees funding of a co-ordinated shooting effort to allow islanders to control geese.   The scheme’s aim is to reduce agricultural damage seen by crofters and farmers while keeping a sustainable goo
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    • 19/02/2015 - Environment Minister Champions Red Squirrel Conservation
      Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, speaking at the Environment Week parliamentary reception this week, made particular mention of red squirrel conservation in Scotland.  The Environment Minister is red squirrel “species champion”.  Red Squirrel conservation is a cause that many members actively support, not least through efforts to
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    • 19/02/2015 - Planning Awards
      The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning is open for applications until 17th April. The Scottish Government awards recognise excellence in categories including Development Plans, Working in Partnership and Community Involvement. We encourage any members with completed successful projects to consider eligibility and applica
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    • 19/02/2015 - Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme 2015/16 - Recruitment
        Recruitment for the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme is kicking off with a series of information evenings in late Feb/early March.  The programme is aimed at motivated, ambitious people running small to medium rural businesses who are looking to develop leadership capabilities and grow their businesses.
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    • 19/02/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 9-13 February 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 9-13 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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    • 19/02/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 February 2015
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 February 2015
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    • 19/02/2015 - Powers to tackle problem tenants could be curtailed under new Scottish Government plans, industry warns
      Powers available to tackle anti-social, problem tenants could be reduced if new laws for the rental sector are introduced, according to industry bodies. Responses to a Scottish Government consultation, looking at reforms for the private rented sector, have now been published. One of the measures the government is looking
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    • 16/02/2015 - Rule changes for farm and forestry tracks
      As of mid-December 2014 any new work to create or upgrade farm and forestry tracks requires a notification and description of the intended works to be submitted to the local planning authority prior to any onsite work.  These changes are brought about by the introduction of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted De
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    • 16/02/2015 - Crofting Commission withdraw Land Court appeal
      The Crofting Commission today confirmed that it has withdrawn its appeal to the Court of Session in connection with the Scottish Land Court’s decision of 18 December 2014 in the case of MacGillivray v Crofting Commission. Due to the fixed deadline for submitting an appeal, the Crofting Commission submitted a skeleton ap
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    • 13/02/2015 - Guidance for Estates on the Golden Eagle Survey 2015
        There is a national survey programme for rare and scarce species undertaken each year for JNCC and SNH in Scotland.  This year will see the fourth national survey of golden eagles. It aims to establish how many territories are occupied in 2015 for comparison with previous surveys and to collect information on breeding
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    • 12/02/2015 - Guide to Hydropower Construction: Best Practice
        A new guide developed by industry, SNH and SEPA provides information and advice to those involved in the construction of hydro schemes as well as highlighting appropriate existing guidance which will minimise environmental impacts on site, including pollution prevention measures.    Following the guidance and
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    • 12/02/2015 - Focus on local food
      The Rural Affairs Secretary has called on retailers and consumers to put local food first. Supermarkets are being challenged to play their part in making sure that more Scottish products are among the top