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Tackling Scotland's complex food crime problem

21 Jan 2020

Ron McNaughton is Head of the Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit (SFCIU) for Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Here he discusses the crucial role everyone working within Scotland’s food and drink industry must play in reporting food crime. Scotland’s rich and

Red Squirrel Appreciation Day

17 Jan 2020

Red squirrels are an iconic, much loved part of Scotland’s wildlife and to celebrate and promote their conservation the 21st January has been declared Red Squirrel Appreciation Day! There have been national efforts to conserve and bolster the population of red

Attending the Oxford Farming Conference 2020

10 Jan 2020

This week Eleanor and myself were fortunate enough to attend the Oxford Farming Conference. This was a really useful opportunity to meet industry influencers, represent the interests of Scottish Land & Estates members, as well as hear from knowledgeable

Glacial features to boggy land – Scotland’s hero habitats

10 Oct 2019

Andy Dorin is Scottish Natural Heritage’s Head of Protected Areas and Surveillance. Here he discusses how Scotland’s world-class habitats and more mundane ones are doing good things for people and wildlife and the important role land owners and managers play

Meeting the next generation

2 Oct 2019

Our policy adviser Marcelina Hamilton, who has recently qualified as a chartered surveyor, went back to University for the day to talk to students about what a future career in helping rural Scotland thrive, could look like. A career in policy may not be the

Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Iver Salvesen Green Business Award

27 Sep 2019

Our Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony & Dinner takes place in less than a weeks’ time, so we are taking a closer look at each of the finalists in our nine diverse categories here on our blog. The standard of nominees was extremely high this year and our

Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Innovation in Farming Award

26 Sep 2019

Our Helping It Happen Awards tell the story of those rural business who are playing a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas. This year’s finalists in the Innovation in Farming category are fantastic examples of those who are doing things

Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Working with Communities Award

25 Sep 2019

Our Helping It Happen Awards Ceremony & Dinner is just around the corner and we today we are taking a closer look at the finalists in the Working with Communities category, kindly sponsored by The MacRobert Trust. This award recognises the rural businesses

Red Squirrel Week: celebrate and get involved

24 Sep 2019

This week on our blog, Gill Hatcher from Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels tell us a little more about their achievements over the past year and the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey campaign for this years National Red Squirrel Week. It’s National Red Squirrel

Meet the Helping It Happen finalists: Education Award

24 Sep 2019

With our Helping It Happen Awards Dinner & Ceremony just around the corner, we’re taking a look at each of our finalist here on our blog. Our Awards tell the story of those rural business who are playing a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural