Policy & Lobbying
Moorland Group

The Scottish Moorland Group, which is managed by Scottish Land & Estates and is chaired by Lord Hopetoun, had its first meeting in February 2010. Membership is made up of the Chairmen of six regional groups of moorland owners as well as representatives of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, to give a strong local and practical emphasis. The Chairman or CEO of Scottish Land & Estates attends the twice yearly meetings and secretariat is provided by Tim Baynes, Moorland Group Director.

The objective is to provide specialist input on a wide range of issues related to moorland, from grouse management to carbon/peatland restoration. It uses practical knowledge from people on the ground to inform Scottish Land & Estates policy at a national level and passes information back down to a network of regional groups of moorland owners and managers. It also provides the link with wider stakeholder groups such as the Moorland Forum, the Upland Coordination Group and maintains a strong link with the Moorland Association in England.

 

To view the latest Scottish Moorland Group Newsletter click here.

 

Work we are currently undertaking;-

Peatland Restoration

Scotland will have its first Peatland's Plan by the end of 2014/early 2015.  The Plan will recognise the important contribution restored peatland makes to carbon capture and storage, clean water, flood alleviation, improved biodiversity, and outdoor recreation and tourism. 

For the first time Scotland will have a clear set of long-term objectives for peatland restoration.  The Plan will provide a framework through which positive relationships between public agencies, landowners and managers, and environmental interest organisations can be built to enable delivery of these objectives. 

In recognition of the high potential environmental and social value of peatlands, the Government has made £15million available for restoration projects.  £5 million of this is available immediately through Peatland Action, with the remaining £10 million to be delivered through the Scotland Rural Development Programme 2015-2020.       

Scottish Land & Estates is a key partner in the development of Scotland's Peatland Plan and we continue to work hard to ensure that the environmental and social goods and services that can be derived from peatland restoration work are properly funded through new public and private-sector markets.  One such initiative is the Peatland Code.

Scottish Land & Estates Information Sheet Moorland 07 provides more information on Peatland Restoration.

 

Wild Land

The lobby for increased recognition of wild land areas in Scotland has been gathering pace in recent years.  While Scottish Land & Estates recognises the value many people, including landowners and managers, place on Scotland's remote and rugged landscapes, we resist the wild land terminology, believing it to be misleading, and we resist any further designation.

As things stand, so called wild land areas are not designated but instead are mapped for strategic purposes by Scottish Natural Heritage.  See Core Areas of Wild Land Mapping and Wild Land Policy.

Scottish Land & Estates response to SNH's consultation on their mapping is available below under Consultation responses below.

 

Hill Tracks

Scottish Land & Estates continues to argue against the introduction of further regulation of private roads and tracks which are a necessary part of managing land across Scotland.

Between 2010 and 2012, the Scottish Government carried out two separate consultations on proposals to remove permitted development rights for private roads and tracks which are for agricultural and forestry purposes.  At the end of this process, the Planning Minister announced that he favoured an option put forward by Scottish Land & Estates during the consultations to republish and better promote existing best practice guidance.

The guidance "Constructed tracks in the Scottish Uplands" was republished in June 2013 and Scottish Land & Estates urge all landowners and managers to be aware of this guidance and to adhere to it when carrying out track works whether these are new or the upgrading of existing routes.

Despite the Minister's decision, a persistent lobby for the removal of permitted development rights still exists.  Under the umbrella of Scottish Environmental LINK a report was published and delivered to the Minister in late 2013 which highlighted examples of apparent poor practice. The report is entitled "Track Changes".

Scottish Land & Estates has responded to this report with a report of our own which questions the validity of the research done to produce Track Changes, highlights examples of good practice and reiterates the importance of "best practice" as the way forward.    Our report can be found below.

Scottish Land & Estates Information Sheet Moorland 02 sets out the legal position in terms of developing private roads and tracks.

    Moorland Group News

    • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group Statement on Mountain Hares
      The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.   Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on managed m
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    • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on mountain hares
      The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.  Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on manag
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    • 05/04/2017 - Funding and support available for Peatland Restoration
      Please see attached briefing note from Scottish Land & Estates and the IUCN Peatland Programme on funding and support available for Peatland Restoration.
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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
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    • 11/08/2016 - Moorland Group Statement on Missing Golden Eagles
       
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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 futur
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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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    • 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
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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 re
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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 appea
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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, Mi
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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
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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.  
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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.
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    • 15/10/2015 - Scottish Moorland Group responds to LACS report 2
      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 Bayes has addressed the issues raised in the report.
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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.
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    • 22/09/2015 - Rural communities back grouse shooting as key to their future
      New report highlights support for the benefits moorland delivers Communities in key rural areas of Scotland have voiced strong support for grouse shooting which they believe makes
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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 grazi
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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 positi
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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 cons
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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 contr
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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 3
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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 pro
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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
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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 thre
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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 regenera
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.  
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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 moor
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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.
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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 los
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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 informa
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    • 16/01/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates Asks Scottish Government to Clarify Sporting Estates Definition
      Scottish Land & Estates has asked the Scottish Government to provide a definition of ‘Sporting Estates’ so rural businesses will know whether or not they will qualify for farm support. In June last year, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs
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    • 16/01/2015 - Scottish Land & Estates asks Scottish Government to clarify Sporting Estates definition
      Scottish Land & Estates has asked the Scottish Government to provide a definition of ‘Sporting Estates’ so rural businesses will know whether or not they will qualify for farm support. In June last year, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural A
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    • 02/10/2014 - Grouse Shoot Raises £20,000 For Glenesk Retreat
        Three Scottish sporting estates have come together to raise more than £20,000 for a much-loved community centre in Angus.
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    • 20/08/2014 - Scottish Land & Estates Statement on Hill Tracks
      The statement below is issued on behalf of Scottish Land & Estates in response to the Scottish Government’s statement on hill tracks: Anne Gray, of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The Minister has recognised that hill tracks are an important aspect of rural
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    • 06/08/2014 - PACEC Executive Summary Launch
      On 1st August at Moy Field Sports Fair Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism attended a Reception to launch the Executive Summary of the PACEC Report on ‘Benefits and Volume and Value of Country Sports Tourism in Scotland’.  The minister was joined at the Reception by representatives
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    • 05/08/2014 - Peatland ACTION - Final Call for restoration applications to the project
      The last round of SNH’s Peatland ACTION project is now open for grant applications, with a closing date of 1st September 2014.    Potential applicants ar
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    • 16/07/2014 - Scottish Land & Estates Welcomes Findings of Golden Eagle Study
      Landowners have welcomed the results of a new report that suggests the south of Scotland could support up to 16 pairs of golden eagles.   The study, undertaken by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) with involvement f
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    • 05/06/2014 - Scottish Moorland Group questions Land Reform Review Group proposals for grouse moors
      A briefing was sent this week to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, questioning what the public benefit would be if open heather moorland was lost to commercial forestry.   The briefing also questions the LRRG proposal to re-imp
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    • 24/04/2014 - UK Peregrine Survey in Summer 2014
      British Trust for Ornithology has written to explain arrangements for survey work which will cover up to 20% of Scotland.  Land managers are welcome to take part as volunteers.  For further details contact tim.baynes@scottishlan
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    • 28/02/2014 - Have you had traps or snares interfered with?
      Following numerous reports of criminal damage, Government are now sponsoring BASC to monitor incidents, with strong support from other industry organisations.     It is important that the true extent of this type
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    • 15/11/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates defends current approach to deer management
      This week saw the Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament investigating deer management. The Committee took evidence from environmental interests in one panel session befor
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    • 22/10/2013 - Report into the impact of nest-trapping and radio-tagging on breeding Golden Eagles in Argyll, Scotland
      Report into the impact of nest-trapping and radio-tagging on breeding Golden Eagles in Argyll, Scotland 
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    • 26/09/2013 - Funding for peatlands
      The Scottish Government has announced that restoration of Scotland’s peatlands will be supported by £15 million worth of new funding.  The money will be distributed over the next two financial years.  The country’s blanket bogs are one of the world’s r
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    • 13/09/2013 - Minister launches pilot Peatland Code
      Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs launched a pilot Peatland Code at this week’s IUCN Peatlands Conference in York.  Scottish Land & Estat
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    • 19/08/2013 - Letter by Anne Gray - To the Hills
      Please click on the link below to read letter by Anne Gray which was published in today's Scotsman (19 August 2013). http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/letters/to-the-hil
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    • 15/08/2013 - Moorland Group Newsletter - 15 August 2013
      The Glorious Twelfth: prospects encouraging for the 2013 season http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=0423741ebd2e13e5e51e17a18&id=f7c308db6b
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    • 14/08/2013 - Glorious Twelfth Media Coverage
      Some good messages on STV News - Gamekeepers gearing up for a glorious shooting season http://news.stv.tv/scotland/235811-gamekeepers
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    • 09/08/2013 - Grouse Beaters / RTI requirements
      With the onset of 12th August, where a shoot is operated by an estate, business or entity that already operates a regular PAYE scheme, then all beater wages are required to be reported under RTI. However, conversely w
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    • 09/08/2013 - STRONG COUNTRY SPORTS SEASON SET TO OPEN ON GLORIOUS TWELFTH
      Scotland’s grouse moors are preparing for what experts predict could be the strongest shooting season in years, starting on the Glorious Twelfth of August, the traditional opening day of the country sports tourism season.   Through the VisitScotland Growth Fund, the Sc
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    • 23/07/2013 - Moorland Group Letter to Times Newspaper
      Letter in Times rejects afforestation of grouse moors A response by Scottish Moorland Group was published on 25th July. To view letter please click on the attachment below. 
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    • 01/07/2013 - Donside estate wins new moorland management award
      A new award which recognises progressive, innovative and environmentally sensitive moorland management is being presented to Edinglassie Estate at the Scottish Game Fair on Saturday, July 6. The Golden Plover Award for Moorland Management is an initiative by Fair organisers, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trus
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    • 14/06/2013 - Information about police investigation leaked by anonymous website
      Confidential information about an active police investigation on a grouse moor has again been leaked to the media.  This relates to an incident in March at Leadhills Estate where according to the police, some items were removed for scientific
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    • 06/06/2013 - Moorland managers learn from Langholm project
      A group of 60 moorland owners, agents and keepers from the South Scotland Moorland Group visited the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project on Friday 31st May. 
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    • 02/05/2013 - EU public consultation on Firearms
        The EU has opened a consultation asking whether more action is required at EU level to reduce the threat of firearms http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=ReduceFirearmsRis
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    • 26/04/2013 - BBC Told: Get Your Facts Right!
      Modern Gamekeeping publishes article by Scottish landowners and gamekeepers taking BBC to task for allowing the RSPB to attack grouse shoots on prime TV. To read article please click on the attachment below.
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    • 12/04/2013 - Response to misguided attack on sporting management
      We recently received a letter from a member of the public, following the sad death of the golden eagle found shot in Dumfriesshire last year, who copied his letter to the Paul Wheelhouse MSP Minister for Environment.  The letter included some alarming misconceptions about sporting and grouse moor
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    • 05/04/2013 - Grouse shooting documentary
      We are working with Moorland Association in England and Special Edition Films to produce a documentary about the build up to a day grouse shooting in August 2013. It will be primarily about all the different people involved in the day and their hopes and concerns, g
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    • 05/04/2013 - Wader Declines
      A press release by the British Trust for Ornithology on 15th March highlighted the serious decline in waders such as Curlew, resulting in an article in The Scotsman (reprinted below).  A number of letters followed that article, some displaying serious misconception
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    • 05/04/2013 - Wildfires
      There has been a spate of big wildfires in the north and west of Scotland, mostly sparked off by uncontrolled grass and gorse burning on hill farms and crofts.  Coverage in the media pointed at landowners and managers generally, although some in the media tried to imply a connection between these
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    • 08/02/2013 - Mountain hare snaring trial- keeper acquitted
      The long running test trail into the legality of snaring Mountain hares finished on 29th January.  The court was satisfied that the snares used in this case were selective and therefore legal. Please click on the attachment below to read more...
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    • 25/01/2013 - Essential and legal snare training for land managers
        Another tranche of Scottish Government approved  Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) fox and rabbit snaring training courses will be held this February to bring game and wildlife managers up to speed with the latest legislation and essential training requirements.  This is an opportunity to
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    • 18/12/2012 - General Licences Review – another victory for common sense
      Coordinated industry lobbying has paid off in SNH proposals for a streamlined General Licence system for control of pest species.   Detail in PDF below. Each year SNH consult on species to be added or taken off the General Licences, but this year they have made a very welcome move to overhaul the whole syst
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    • 23/11/2012 - Snaring Update
      Further to previous updates, the latest secondary legislation on Snaring under the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act has now come into force. This brings the remaining provisions on snaring, including training and ID numbers, into force on 1 April 2013.  A Scottish Government statement issued
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    • 06/11/2012 - Moorland Boards
      There has been encouraging take–up of the moorland educational boards since they were made available to members in July.  Over 30 boards are now in place and there was coverage in the
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    • 25/10/2012 - UPDATE - The Snares (Identification Numbers and Tags) (Scotland) Order 2012
      On 24 October 2012, a Commencement Amendment Order was laid before the Scottish Parliament which amends the date for using ID tags on snares from 1 January 2013 to 1 April 2013. The Snares (Identification Numbers and Tags) (Scotland) Order 2012 was also laid yesterda
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    • 25/10/2012 - Funding for peatland restoration
      Scottish Government have announced this week that they will be providing £1.7 million to help restore Scotland’s peatland landscape. This new funding, which is part of the Government’s Green Stimulus package announced in this year’s budget, will support the development of a Peatland Plan for Scotland and will
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    • 17/08/2012 - Muirburn in September - trail blazers required
      Extension of the muirburn season into September is now a step closer with progress by a working group at the Moorland Forum, which includes the Scottish Moorland Group.  This has potential benefits for all grouse moors by increasing flexibility of muirburn timing. The next step is to monitor the ecological i
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    • 17/08/2012 - Snare training - only four months to go
      From 1st January 2013, all snaring operators will have to successfully complete an approved snaring training course.  SGA are running two more courses: Wednesday September 12th 2012 at 10am at Tullybeagles Estate Bankfoot Perthshire PH1 4BZ  Tuesday October 16th 2012 at 1.00pm at Raeshaw Est
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    • 14/08/2012 - 2012 grouse season off to a flying start
             There was favourable media coverage of the Glorious 13th, following a coordinated campaign by Scottish Moorland Group organisations (Scottish Land & Estates, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association).
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    • 06/08/2012 - Moorland Board orders
      The Minister was given an early sight of the new "Welcome to the moor" interpretation boards when he visited Edinglassie.   The first ten boards have already been delivered to grouse moor estates around Scotland and they can no
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    • 31/07/2012 - Environment Minister on the moor
      Minister for Environment and Climate Change,  Stewart Stevenson was invited to spend a day at Edinglassie Estate in Strathdon as part of his summer tour, kindly hosted by the Hon Charles Pearson and attended by Scottish Moorland Group Chairman Andrew Hopetoun with members of the WES project team.  The main reason fo
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    • 26/07/2012 - Proportionate response called for on hill track planning
      Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the General Permitted Development Amendment Order 2012.  The proposed amendments include removing permitted development rights for agricultural and forestry routes.  Calls have been made by recreational interest groups for better regul
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    • 05/07/2012 - Gamekeepers, Girls and Gundogs
      2012 The calendar is the third offering from the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust which provides a helpline, support and financial grants for gamekeepers, ghillies and stalkers and their families in times of hardship, ill health and retirement.
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    • 04/07/2012 - New book to set the heather alight
       A NEW children's book launched at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair aims to entertain young readers with a jolly good adventure while exploring important conservation messages. Captain Partridge and The Fire People is the first book to be published by Katrina Candy, Head of PR & Education (Scotland) with the Game & Wildli
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    • 08/06/2012 - Snare training go ahead
      There has been confusion in Government recently about the Snares Training (Scotland) Order 2012 leading to uncertainty about the validity of training courses being offered by SGA, GWCT and BASC. This was clarified in a letter from Scottish Government.  The clear message to all snare operators is "From 1st January 20
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    • 08/06/2012 - Welcome to the Moor
      The Scottish Moorland Group has produced an educational display board for moorland owners to erect at car parks and other public access points.  A permanent display is very effective at repeating key messages about moorland management to the most relevant people and something that nearly all estates can do at minima
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    • 10/05/2012 - Aerial control of bracken
      Aerial bracken control will continue to take place in 2012 despite the introduction of additional constraints. A new system for approving aerial spraying will be in place for the 2012 season and it provides for a 5-year permit on each landholding.  Although this is a simpler and much improve
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    • 30/03/2012 - Funding announced for Black Grouse
      Black grouse in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are set to benefit from a major funding package from the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP). On behalf of six private farms and estates, the Nationa
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    • 06/03/2012 - Black Grouse Numbers Increase in Scotland
      Black Grouse Numbers Increase in Scotland Black Grouse are currently “red listed” as species of high conservation concern but latest figures have shown a rise in numbers. The data, compiled by RSPB Scotland, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and local study g
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    • 21/12/2011 - SAC publication - Response from the hills: Business as usual or a turning point?
      SAC has published Response from the hills: Business as usual or a turning point? which is an update on SAC's 2008 Retreat from the Hills report which highlighted significant declines in the sheep and cattle sector across much of Scotland. This is particularly
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    • 16/11/2011 - Peatland Inquiry Publishes Findings
      The IUCN UK Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands published its final report on 16th November 2011.  The inquiry lasted 18 months and involved over 300 individuals and 50 orga
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    • 03/11/2011 - Landowners Take Heart From Drop In Reported Bird Persecutions
      Landowners have reacted with optimism to an RSPB report* which suggests an 18% reduction in the illegal shooting and destruction of birds of prey across the UK between 2009 and 2010. Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of landowner membership organisation Scottish Land & Estates, which represents over 2,500
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    • 30/09/2011 - Good news on Asulam from the Heather Trust
      Simon Thorp's Blog provides a welcome update on the Asulam ban following a meeting with the manufacturers and NFUS yesterday in York. Read more...
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    • 30/09/2011 - Questions of Sport - Edinglassie Estate
      LandBusiness visits Edinglassie Estate to see how being part of the Wildlife Estate Scotland Initiative is helping to promote effetive management of grouse moors.
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    • 29/09/2011 - Changes to Muirburn Practice
      The Muirburn Season starts on 1 October 2011 but this year there have been some changes to the muirburn legislation that all those involved with muirburn need to be aware of. Changes to the legislationThe Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (W&NE Act) introduced some important changes to the muirb
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    • 22/09/2011 - Asulam Appeal Fails
      The Appeal Committee met on 20th September to review the registration of Asulam and unfortunately the appeal failed.  There was not sufficient support from other Member States and therefore Asulam will be removed from the list of chemicals approved for use in the EU.  The expiry date for sale, supply and advertisement is 31
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    • 07/09/2011 - Scottish Moorland Group Enewsletter
      The Scottish Moorland Group's latest enewsletter  to view
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    • 02/09/2011 - Moorland management message to Minister
      Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change was welcomed to The James Hutton Institute’s Glensaugh Research Station today (Wednesday 31 August 2011) to find out more about issues affecting moorland areas. The visit was jointly arranged by The James Hutton Institute and the Moorland Forum and a
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    • 12/08/2011 - Heather Beetle
      Now is the time of greatest risk for heather beetle. Heather beetle is a sporadic problem – devastating when you have an outbreak but often forgotten about afterwards.   Our knowledge of the behaviour of the beetle is not good and as a result we do not yet have the answers on dealing with its impact.   The Heath
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    • 12/08/2011 - Chefs Toast The 'Golden Grouse' On The Glorious Twelfth
      Shooting enthusiasts to pay up to £70,000 to shoot on Scotland’s moors LEADING Scottish chefs today toasted the ‘golden grouse’ as they prepared for the Glorious Twelfth. They were joined by grouse shooting enthusiasts who will pay up to £70,000 to shoot on Scotland’s moors from tomorrow. Des
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    • 12/08/2011 - Glorious 12th - The Day Of The Green Grouse
      Scotland’s grouse moor owners are calling for the Glorious 12th to be a day of national celebration – on which everyone can take pride in the major environmental contribution of the country’s iconic heather-clad moorland. The green dividend of Scotland’s moorland includes:- ·         Major imp
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    • 05/08/2011 - Moorland Group Chairman sends letter to Minister for Environment and Climate Change
      Lord Hopetoun, as Chairman of the Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group, wrote on 5th August to Stewart Stevenson MSP, (Minister for the Environment and Climate Change), also copied to Fergus Ewing MSP, (Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism). The letter set out the benefits of grouse management to Scotlands’s econ
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    • 18/07/2011 - Asulam update
      The European Commission’s (EC) proposal for non-inclusion of asulam, used for bracken control in Scotland, in Annex I of the EC Plant Protection Products Directive (91/414/EEC) would mean that the product would be phased out and no longer legal for use after September 2012.  The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Ani
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    • 06/07/2011 - More Planning Control Not The Answer For Scotland's Hill Routes
      Scottish Land & Estates has urged the Scottish Government not to over-regulate Scotland’s hills and mountains.   Responding to the Government’s consultation on Permitted Development Rights for access tracks into hill ground, the membership organisation for landowners has called for simplification of
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    • 04/07/2011 - Wader friendly land use
      Scottish Land & Estates, Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust (GWCT) and RSPB Scotland joined forces on 1st July 2011 at Scone Gamefair to raise awareness about the current decline in waders and to promote wader friendly land use practices.  At the joint reception, Scottish Land & Estates Chief Executive Douglas McAdam emphas
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